50/50 (2011)



Critic Consensus: A good-hearted film about a difficult topic, 50/50 maneuvers between jokes and drama with surprising finesse.

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Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. 50/50 is the story of a guy's transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health - drawing its emotional core from Will Reiser's own experience with cancer and reminding us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers. -- (C) Summit Entertainment
R (for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use.)
Comedy , Drama
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Seth Rogen
as Kyle
Anna Kendrick
as Katherine
Serge Houde
as Richard
Andrew Airlie
as Dr. Ross
Matt Frewer
as Mitch
Donna Yamamoto
as Dr. Walderson
Sarah Smyth
as Jenny
Daniel Bacon
as Dr. Phillips
Laura Bertram
as Claire
Luisa D'Oliveira
as Agabelle Loogenburgen
Veena Sood
as Nurse Stewart
Jason Vaisvila
as Cute Guy With Dreads
Brent Sheppard
as Minister
Adrian McMorran
as Bartender
Stephanie Belding
as Friendly Nurse
Andrea Brooks
as Attractive Woman #2
Bonnie Bollivar
as Elderly Female Chemo Patient
Yee Jee Tso
as Dr. Lee
Beatrice Ilg
as Pretty Girl
Chilton Crane
as Mother On The Bus
Amitai Marmorstein
as Young Person On The Bus
Richard C. Burton
as Thom the Patient
Neil Corbett
as Hospital Tech
Christopher De Schuster
as Art Gallery Patron
Karolina Sabat
as Art Gallery Patron
Susan McLellan
as Bar Girl
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Critic Reviews for 50/50

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (48)

50/50 is about right.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

There couldn't be a more serious subject, yet Gordon-Levitt and especially Rogen (who co-produced the movie) make the comedy seem both spontaneous and organic.

October 14, 2011
Top Critic

Add 50/50 to your want to see list. And then make an appointment for your annual physical with your doctor.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Top Critic

Still, it's Gordon-Levitt's choices that continue to impress. Sure, he owned one of the most jaw-dropping sequences in last summer's blockbuster Inception. But the actor remains drawn to profoundly human-scale hurts and quiet triumphs.

September 30, 2011
Denver Post
Top Critic

Gordon-Levitt is an agreeably undemonstrative actor who plays well opposite the burbly Rogen.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Chances are about 90/10 that you'll enjoy 50/50.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 50/50

The attempt to tackle the story of a young man's cancer diagnosis with dosages of juvenile humor could easily have backfired. Director Levine finds just the right tone between the tragic and the funny, the optimism and pessimism. His protagonist duo Gordon-Levitt and Rogen work great together creating a genuinely realistic friendship on screen, which is no small feat. Especially in the last act of the story Levine does everything right, from the music, to the camera work and solution. Optimism has to prevail and it will!

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This is a really outstanding film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a mesmerizing performance as a

Jose Cruz
Jose Cruz

Super Reviewer


I put off watching this due to Seth Rogan being in it...despite my admiration for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I shouldn't have waited, it was soooo good! This was an excellently done, off-beat, indie movie on a serious subject of life, and death. Wry humor out of a bad situation. Nice chemistry from the cast. Even Seth Rogen's crude buddy role is quite funny. Gordon-Levitt has his quiet charm that's perfect for this. There's no over-the-top drama in it; the plot just tracks the journey of a nice guy's cancer diagnosis, through treatment, and how he deals with it all. Wonderful film!! Kudos!!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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