50/50

Joseph Gordon-Levitt  Actor Seth Rogen  Actor Anna Kendrick  Actor Bryce Dallas Howard  Actor Anjelica Huston  Actor

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Contains:Profanity,Sexual Situations,Drug Content

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50/50

Theatrical Release Date: 2011 09 30 (USA)

UPC: 025192108501

Studio: Summit

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Profanity, Sexual Situations, Drug Content]

Summary: Written by Will Reiser who based the film on his own experiences fighting cancer, Jonathan Levine's poignant comedy 50/50 stars Joseph Gordonn-Levitt as Adam, a 27-year old public radio employee who discovers he has cancer. As his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) tries to help out, his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) proves to be a less than ideal life partner for this particular crisis. All the while, Adam's overprotective mother Diane (Anjelica Huston) tries to overcome her son's continued attempts to keep her out of his life. As Adam begins to discover how hard it is to deal with his situation, and to maintain various relationships in his life, he begins seeing a young counselor (Anna Kendrick) who might prove to be just as helpful personally as she is professionally. Matt Frewer and Philip Baker Hall co-star as Adam's fellow chemotherapy patients. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Category: Comedy Drama

Awards: Film Presented – Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented – London Film Festival Best Feature – Independent Spirit Awards Best Original Screenplay – National Board of Review Best Independent Film – National Board of Review Best Screenplay – Detroit Film Critics Society Best Original Screenplay – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture - Comedy or Musical – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Screenplay – Writers Guild of America Best Supporting Female – Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay – Independent Spirit Awards

Features: Audio commentary with Seth Rogen, director Jonathan Levine, and writer Will Reiser
Deleted scenes
The story of 50/50
Life inspires art
Seek and destroy

50/50

Format: DVD

Release Date: 01/24/2012

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Alternate Wide Screen

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 100 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish

Subtitles: Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- 50/50
1. I Have a Drawer? [5:33]
2. Is There Something Wrong With Me? [4:37]
3. Survival Rate 50% [6:56]
4. I'm Your Third Patient [6:11]
5. Want a Macaroon? [7:54]
6. You're Gonna Look Weird [6:56]
7. You're Cheating on Me? [5:37]
8. It's Not Contagious [7:04]
9. Let's Not Do the Therapy Thing in the Car [5:43]
10. Medicinal Marijuana [6:20]
11. Makes You Kind of a Dick [:00]
12. Where's Mitch? [2:22]
13. Cancer Support Group [5:20]
14. Surgery Day [3:54]
15. I Want to Make You Pancakes [5:56]
16. Having a Nervous Breakdown [4:01]
17. How Do You Know I Will Wake up? [3:50]
18. Now What? [4:21]

Perry Seibert

The majority of actors who have a television hit early on fail to parlay that success into a substantial film career once the show leaves the air. Sure, there are exceptions -- Bruce Willis and Johnny Depp come to mind -- but few actors have worked as hard to redefine their public perceptions as Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He shed his image as the youngest member of 3rd Rock From the Sun by consistently working with interesting writers and directors -- Spike Lee, Gregg Araki, Rian Johnson, Christopher Nolan -- and fearlessly tackling challenging roles in films as diverse as Hesher and (500) Days of Summer. With director Jonathan Levine's poignant and funny 50/50, Gordon-Levitt should finally get the awards buzz he richly deserves.

He plays Adam, a 27-year-old public-radio employee who discovers he has cancer. As his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) tries to help him cope, his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) proves to be a less-than-ideal life partner for this particular crisis. All the while, Adam's overprotective mother Diane (Anjelica Huston) tries to overcome her son's continued attempts to keep her out of his life. As Adam begins to discover how hard it is to deal with his situation, and to maintain the various relationships in his life, he begins seeing a young counselor (Anna Kendrick), who might prove to be just as helpful personally as professionally.

Gordon-Levitt does something few actors ever manage in 50/50 -- he makes a nice, normal guy fascinating. By all accounts, Adam is a perfectly decent human being, aside from some mommy issues and a penchant for falling for questionable women. While his medical situation is dramatic, it's something millions of others have had to face. It's a vivid portrayal of a young man who slowly faces his own mortality, and as Adam's stoic facade slowly erodes, he lashes out at his friends, his family, and himself, leading to a powerhouse scene with his mother just before he's wheeled into surgery. Yet even during the most-powerful moment in the entire movie -- the kind of scene that gets shown during the listing of the nominees on awards shows -- Gordon-Levitt doesn't overplay it at all. In every scene, he earns our empathy.

As great as he is, he doesn't do it all by himself. Will Reiser's emotionally rich script -- which is based on his own battle with cancer -- never hits a wrong note, and he finds the comedy in Adam's life as easily as the drama. There are a couple of lovely scenes with Matt Frewer and Philip Baker Hall as a pair of older patients with whom Adam shares chemotherapy sessions, and Rogen modulates his overpowering charisma just enough to let us know that all his motormouthed energy is his character's own way of dealing with his friend's troubles.

Thirty years ago, Terms of Endearment pretty much defined how to do this kind of tonally challenging movie, presenting characters able to laugh through their tears while dealing with a life-threatening illness. By borrowing that template without slavishly copying it, and thanks to a pitch-perfect lead performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50 deserves to be compared with that Oscar-winning classic. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Seth Rogen  Producer 
Michael Giacchino  Composer (Music Score) 
Nathan Kahane  Executive Producer 
Evan Goldberg  Producer 
Ben Karlin  Producer 
Jonathan Levine  Director 
Will Reiser  Executive Producer 
Will Reiser  Screenwriter 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt  Actor 
Seth Rogen  Actor 
Anna Kendrick  Actor 
Bryce Dallas Howard  Actor 
Anjelica Huston  Actor 
Serge Houde  Actor 
Andrew Airlie  Actor 
Matt Frewer  Actor 
Philip Baker Hall  Actor 
Donna Yamamoto  Actor 
Sugar Lyn Beard  Actor 
Yee Jee Tso  Actor 
Sarah Smyth  Actor 
Peter Kelamis  Actor 
Jessica Parker Kennedy  Actor 
Daniel Bacon  Actor 
P. Lynn Johnson  Actor 
Laura Bertram  Actor 
Matty Finochio  Actor 
Luisa d'Oliveira  Actor 
Veena Sood  Actor 
Jason Vaisvila  Actor 
Brent Sheppard  Actor 
Marie Avgeropoulos  Actor 
Adrian McMorran  Actor 
Stephanie Belding  Actor 
Andrea Brooks  Actor 
Ryan W. Smith  Actor 
Karen Van Blankenstin  Actor 
William "Bigsleeps" Stewart  Actor 
Bonnie Bollivar  Actor 
Beatrice Ilg  Actor 
Chilton Crane  Actor 
Amitai Marmorstein  Actor 
Lauren Miller  Actor 
Will Reiser  Actor 
Richard C. Burton  Actor 
Neil Corbett  Actor 
Karolina Sabat  Actor 
Christopher De Schuster  Actor 
Susan McLellan  Actor 
Marlow the Wonderdog  Actor 

Country: USA