Director: Jonathan Levine. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston. 100 min. Rated R. Drama/Comedy.
Twenty-seven-year-old Gordon-Levitt has a malignant spinal tumor. That's all. But you can create a whirlwind of stories and social interactions around this concept, and 50/50, even with Rogen's hilariously comedic presence, successfully puts you into this person's world. The most attractive relationship here is Gordon-Levitt's with his young therapist, played by Kendrick (the subtlety of which is reminiscent of another of his films, (500) Days of Summer). I wouldn't recommend this movie to everybody, because it punches the viewer too hard; to the extent that I was imagining: "That's how I would act if I had cancer". Yeah, that hard.