A serious laugh
14th October 2011
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.