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Adam is a 27 year old writer of radio programs and is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer centre, Adam learns what and who the most important things in his life are.

Starring:
Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anjelica Huston
Director Jonathan Levine
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 26 March 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anjelica Huston
Director Jonathan Levine
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 26 March 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By love reading TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2012
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(I hate putting spoilers in a review and I avoid doing so at all costs but I don't know how else to write this; but I'll try to minimise the damage as much as possible.)

This is a lovely film that had me laughing and crying throughout. I thought the actor who played Adam was very credible and convincing and did an excellent job of portraying his changing array of emotions. It was this sensitive depiction of his emotions that made the film so convincing and real. He also seemed so absolutely helpless and hopeless yet he still possessed huge strength when dealing with his girlfriend and his bleak future.
I also loved the way the film handled the emotions of those around him. At first I was angered at everyone's selfishness about his cancer and how they made a lot of how it was affecting them but then I realised that was what made the film special and that was its real theme. I loved when he found Kyle's book and knew undoubtedly that beneath the selfishness and bravado, Kyle was coping as best as he could. It also showed me that his family/friends didn't know how to cope and it showed their pain and awkwardness about his cancer. I loved the way the film dealt with his operation and the Pearl Jam background music made it all the more poignant.
This was a very moving and touching film that dealt with an awful subject in a very real and different way. I thoroughly enjoyed this and the humour lifted the intensity. Not a light bit of entertainment but very well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 3 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Adam is a 27 year old writer of radio programs and is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer.

With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer centre, Adam learns what and who the most important things in his life are.....

Turning one of the most heaviest subject matters, Death, and coming to terms with loss, into one of the most beautiful, touching, and funny movies of the year, is an amazing feat.

It's not been a secret that for a few years now Levitt is one of the most brilliant actors in Hollywood today, and this furthers the proof. And while he is the 'strong' one in the movie, there are scenes that show him vulnerable and at his most weakest, that really get choking back the tears.

But there are also big laughs in this too, and sometimes those big laughs come as a sigh of relief, and of course they come courtesy of Rogen, who hasn't been this good in a very long time. The chemistry between the two leads is so strong, that you really believe that they have been friends for a long time.

The majority of the film is predictable, as is expected, but when a film has this much magnitude and impact, it doesn't really matter. There are the very sad parts, for example the character played by Matt Frewer is a small role, but leaves an effect on the whole picture, turning it into a more sombre affair there on in.

But despite its heavy subject matter and sombre feelings, there are some amazing punch in the air moments, the moments when certain characters get their dues and you think to your self 'thats exactly what I would have done'.

Extremely sad in places and hilariously funny on others, 50/50 ironically keeps a steady balance on the two and in turn makes this one of the best films of the year.

You really have to see this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2012
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A drama about a 27 year old man getting a rare form of cancer that is also a (sort of rom-)-com.

Let me be honest, I got this as what's known as a check-disc review copy. I didn't know much about it other than that it starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt who has a good track record and is one of Hollywood's most interesting and talented young actors. It also has a terrific supporting cast including Bryce Dallas Howard (as his girlfriend), Anjelica Houston (his mother), Matt Frewer and Philip Baker Hall (two cancer patients he becomes friends with), Seth 'Annoying' Rogen (his best buddy) and Anna Kendrick about whom I know nothing but she's great (as his therapist).

So you wouldn't expect to see a cast like this in a turkey. And, as my rating suggests, it's far from that. There is a deft blend of humour, pathos, and tragedy which is helped by the skills of the talented cast, Seth 'Overrated & Annoying' Rogen excepted. Gordon-Levitt as always is excellent as he tries to adapt to the shocking turn in his life and often fails. My appreciation was aided by the extras where I learned that the writer of the film (who is close friends with the producer and Rogen -also a co-producer here) based it on his own experiences. So it manages to be a film that is both personal and with universal appeal.

I wouldn't necessarily suggest showing it to someone suffering from cancer but I suspect that may be my personal response and that it will engender many different responses among its audience. That in itself is another reason to recommend this movie. Give it a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SBno1 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2012
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50/50 is a film that is inspired by a true story. The star of the film is Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Adam) and his friend is Seth Rogen (Kyle). The basis for the film centres around Levitt being diagnosed with cancer and then the struggles of the people around him to cope with the situation. Levitt puts in a fantastic performance as the lead and Rogen compliments it perfectly as he is not too involved in screen time.

The film itself is very well written and actually surprised me in many respects. With the widespread divided opinion I was unsure of how I would feel about this film. I wondered if it would be too disrespectful about a disease which so many people struggle and lose loved ones to, but it does not do this at all. It is quite a moving story and the fact that it is inspired by a true story seems to make it hit home that little bit more.

The supporting cast in this film perform admirably and add depth to the story without taking too much away from Levitt. With Seth Rogen being involved, I believed this film would be a comedy through and through but that was not the case. It has light hearted moments where you can find yourself laughing but it is a greater story than just a chuckle.

Going into this film with no expectations I was spectacularly surprised and really enjoyed watching it. I would suggest that if the stigma of the illness and bad taste are putting you off watching the movie, rethink it and give it a chance, its a decent watch.
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