Genre: Comedy, drama
Running Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Director: Jonathan Levine
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, Anjelica Huston, Bryce Dallas Howard
Synopsis: “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 center, Adam
learns what and who the most important things in his life are” (GSC Movies).
Verdict: This is definitely one of the very few films of 2011 that has a brilliantly written screenplay. Unlike any dramatic and emotional cancer movies, 50/50 takes a very different approach by being absolutely hilarious with an attempt of inspiring cancer victims to stay positive. The film’s portrayal of the psychological stages of Adam, from knowing to realisation with the volcano theory as the metaphor, is convincingly honest and not cheesy at all. The acting performance of the cast is also quite impressive. And it’d always be a plus-point to hear a couple of my personal favourite songs in a movie.
Favourite quote: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] “No shit she doesn’t. Who likes putting dicks into their mouth? That’s why they call it blow job. It’s a job.” [SPOILER ENDS HERE]
Ending: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) recovers from his cancer and has his therapist Katherine over to his place for a date. “Now what?” asks Katherine (Anna Kendrick) while they look at each other as though they’re gonna have sex immediately. Adam smiles, extremely delighted to hear that line, knowing that he’s still gonna live on and will be wondering “Now what?” for the rest of his life. [SPOILER ENDS HERE]
Moral values: See a doctor as soon as you feel abnormal pain so that if you did find out that you have something, at least there was still time. If there are things you wanna do but haven’t, go do it before chance runs out. And appreciate your parents. They may be the most irritating people in your life but they are the ones who care for you the most.
Inspired by a true story: Screenplay is written by Will Reiser, who had
cancer six years ago, and his good friend, Seth Rogen, who plays Adam’s best friend Kyle in the movie, was apparently
with him throughout the entire ordeal.
If… Adam doesn’t drive because road accidents are the 5th highest cause of death, how come he still travel by bus and cars throughout the film?
Malaysian censorship: Profanity is completely uncensored. Actually, I don’t think there’s any important scene cut at all. How often do we get this here?! Highly recommended to be watched at the cinema.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Second opinion: “Liked it” (Iris Loong).