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Coming out at an appropriate time during Movember, Cancer Comedy 50/50 will make you laugh and it may very well make you cry. You did read that right, it is a “cancer comedy”, and although mixing the two might at first seem like insanity, 50/50 manages to pull the two together to create an emotional ride that keeps your head above the depressing waters with a low-key humour best suiting the sombre tone of the overall message. Personally, I didn’t cry, but then I am an Englishman and we are most reserved with these things women call ’emotions’.

50/50 Film Review

Coming out at an appropriate time during Movember, Cancer Comedy 50/50 will make you laugh and it may very well make you cry. You did read that right, it is a “cancer comedy”, and although mixing the two might at first seem like insanity, 50/50 manages to pull the two together to create an emotional ride that keeps your head above the depressing waters with a low-key humour best suiting the sombre tone of the overall message. Personally, I didn’t cry, but then I am an Englishman and we are most reserved with these things women call ’emotions’.

The film tracks the ups and downs of Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a 24 years young man, who is diagnosed with a rare type of aggressive cancer, whose eponymous chances of survival are 50/50. He is only beginning the prime of his life, works a job he enjoys, rents a quaint house, has a artist girlfriend called Rachael (Bryce Dallas-Howard) and a shameless player of a best friend (Seth Rogen), an overbearing mother (Angelica Huston) and an ill father, an insensitive doctor and a rookie therapist (Anna Kendrick). After suffering some back pain, a trip to the doctor results in the horrifying news that he has cancer. Through the journey of the film, we follow Adam’s course of chemo and surgery, track his relationships with his friends, family, girlfriend and therapist, and all the way are reminded that cancer is an unpredictable disease that, in spite of our best efforts, can afflict any one of us.

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The film was written by Will Reiser, based on part of his own experiences of overcoming cancer as a young man, and produced by co-star Seth Rogen. The film and the characters aren’t the typical caricatures you may have come to expect from a Rogen film, and instead are entirely believable and understated in everything they do. The humour isn’t over the top and comes at precisely the right moments to remind you that amongst all the sadness, confusion and uncertainty, there is still a sense of humour to it all. The misadventure of shaving Adam’s head before he undergoes chemotherapy, using cancer as a way to pick up women, and enjoying the pleasures of high grade medicinal marijuana show that there is room for humour in all this. In fact, without humour, making it through such trying times would be neigh impossible, and the script most definitely wouldn’t have been picked up for production!

Will Reiser’s story is only partly his own, lending from the experiences of those around him. Its a harrowing tale at times that ultimately produces an awkward and emotional journey for the viewer. Whilst I would say that it isn’t the most comforting film to watch, it is something you need to see. It’ll hit you hard, remind you that things could be worse, that you shouldn’t take your youth for granted, and that life is all about sharing moments with family and friends.

One thing you’ll definitely take away from the film is a heightened awareness of cancer in men, and if Movember hasn’t already got you doing so, you’ll check your balls for lumps… probably then and there in the cinema.

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