This dramedy from writer
Will Reiser explores his own battle with cancer and the impact it had
on his life. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, Reiser’s film
alter-ego, and Seth Rogen schlumps along for the ride as Adam’s
best friend who struggles to bolster his friend’s spirits and come
to terms with the situation for himself. While the trailers have
played the scenario for laughs, 50/50
brings very human vulnerability and frailty to a younger generation
used to only a virtual sense of these ideas at best.
character is an extension of the wandering love-struck hopeful in
(500) Days of Summer,
except this time this guy has grown up and come face to face with an
obstacle far more daunting than bad or good timing in a relationship.
This is life or death, and yet he struggles — as seemingly everyone of
this new full-on, slacked-out generation — to develop the necessary
raging passion to fight for life.
But when the moment arrives, it's
easier to believe in him than merely beautiful lovers (Jake
Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway) in Love &
Other Drugs because, in the end, 50/50
is actually even more adult than Up in the Air
thanks to its refusal to magically save Adam. His odds might be
50/50, and this might be a mix of comedy and drama, but Reiser,
Gordon-Levitt and Rogen never forget that because we’re human,
we’re only staving off the inevitable, so whether we’ve got 500
days or less, we should to get to living and enjoying them. Grade: B+
Opens Sept. 30.