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DVD Review: ’50/50' Starring Former Child Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt

January 24, 2012

Like a lot of movies, 50/50 was not exactly what I expected based on the trailers I had seen. Newcomer Will Reiser wrote a script that I knew would be tough at times, but even though I was prepared for the fact that it was a drama about one man’s fight with cancer, I still expected the comedy elements to win out somehow. The truth is though, 50/50 is a full on dramedy, and whether it’s being tough, tense, or even tearful, the important thing is that the film is also really, really good.

It’s also still really funny, but we’ll get to that later.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam, a regular guy working at a radio station who finds out that the back pain he’s been suffering from for several months is the result of a malignant tumor that could ultimately kill him if his doctors can’t deal with it.

Taking the news as best he can, and feeling the pressures of his chemotherapy treatment, Adam finds his life turned upside down as he has to figure out his relationship with his girlfriend, Rachel, played by Bryce Dallas Howard. At the same time his friend, Kyle (Seth Rogen), is capitalizing on Adam’s illness by finding ways to pick up women, and Adam is having a hard time dealing with his distraught mother, played by Anjelica Huston, who is taking care of Adam’s father, Richard (Serge Houde), who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Read More