|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston|
|Genres:||Comedy - British, General, Drama|
|Collections:||Comedy Favourites, Pay-per-view, The Biggest and Best|
|Rental release:||26 Mar 2012|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
A calm yet humorous take on a terminal illness that steers well away from the usual cliches.
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A serious laughBy francofantazia (8 reviews) from London , 14 Oct 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]50/50 is a film about a young man (Adam) who is diagnosed with cancer, and how those closest to him respond to his diagnosis. Based on writer Will Reiser's experiences with his own cancer, it perfectly balances pathos and humour. In fact, it's very funny.
Seth Rogan, who is Reisner's friend in real life, and helped him through his ordeal (including scoring medicinal cannabis and changing his dressing), plays his best friend, with the perfect comic touch you would expect.
There are some excellent performances from the supporting cast, including a pitch-perfect Angelica Houston (Mum) and Anna Kendrick (psychotherapist).
It's touching, but never mawkish, nor does it resort to gross-out humour, and should appeal to anyone who likes their laughs to be more that just comedy. Including, it seems from the Q&A, those who've been there. Praise indeed.
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Big C without TearsBy backfusion (10 reviews) , 03 Jun 2013don't let the subject matter put you off like it did me for a few months, a good film well written and acted with some very funny moments and done without the usual tear jerking Hollywood way.
lovely lovelyBy marie_a (21 reviews) from Harrogate , 03 Jun 2013such a great movie, heart warming with lovable characters. was great to see seth rogen in a sensitive role but still bringing humor as he battles with his best friends illness.
Depressing, boring but a comedy? (don't make me laugh)By Henders (16 reviews) from West Wickham , 09 May 2013Rented this after seeing a trailer and didn't know what to expect and frankly wish I hadn't bothered. I am amazed at the number of relatively positive reviews. Maybe people don't want to be rude about a film trying to deal with such a sensitive subject, but I can't work it out. This film is dull, unfunny and just bad with a subject matter that isn't lightened. Do yourself a favour and rent something else.
Funny/Serious worksBy a customer , 22 Apr 2013I found this to be a fantastically written easy to watch movie. A great watch for anyone with a macabre sense of humour Well researched, well acted and the ending............
So glad Joesph Gordon-Levitt is in this.By StrakerAmy (6 reviews) , 23 Feb 2013Was on a bit of an actor binge and put this on my list purely because of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's name on the cast list. Shallow, maybe, but I found him so watchable in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises that I was compelled to look him up. This is a belter of a film. Don't normally go for this type but I have recommended it to everyone I have seen since I watched it! It is wonderful. Simply. There's not a lot of characters but each are memorable and really contribute to the film. Anna Kendrick was a mini-revelation for me, she literally made me laugh out loud. There are loads of funny lines which is cleverly done considering the subject matter, not just the cancer storyline but his relationship with his mother and his mentally ill father. Loved it. Watch it.
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