Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Written by: Will Reiser
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Review by: Bill Jones
When I first read about 50/50, I was hesitant to embrace the project, as I’m sure many film fans have been. Tackling the cancer issue with a comedic flair is a dangerous proposition. There is an extremely fine line between success and failure when trying to meld something as serious as a battle against cancer — something I, as I’m sure most filmgoers will find hits close to home, with almost everyone knowing someone who has won, lost or is currently fighting that battle — and buddy comedy.
I was further hesitant knowing that Seth Rogen — who has had a few flubs as of late with Paul and The Green Hornet — was largely responsible for the project, not only as a star but as a driving force behind real-life friend Will Reiser, who battled cancer and then penned the script based largely on their relationship. (more…)