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comedy, drama

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen team up to beat the odds in a film that Rolling Stone calls "achingly hilarious and heartfelt."

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common sense

ON for kids age 17
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
1 out of 5

Cancer patient questions his life in mature dramedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fact-based dramedy (co-star Seth Rogen's real-life friend, Will Reiser, wrote the movie based on his own experiences) tackles some pretty heavy themes -- particularly the idea of facing the specter of death before the age of 30 -- that could overwhelm young teens attracted by the film's stars: Rogen and (500) Days of Summer's Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Expect plenty of strong language (including "f--k," "s--t," and more) and some sexually charged talk and scenes (including partial female nudity), plus drug use (both medicinal and recreational).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the film deals with the subject matter of chronic illness -- in this case, cancer. Is Adam's reaction believable? Does it seem at all exaggerated?
  • Did you notice any sexism or stereotypes in the movie? How do the women in this movie compare to those in other Seth Rogen movies? Is this movie more or less crude than Rogen's other films? Do you think that has something to do with the subject matter?
  • The movie is based on the writer's own experiences. How true to life do you think it actually is? Why do writers/filmmakers sometimes change facts when they're making movies?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: In other hands, Adam might well be hard to take. But as the comedy in 50/50 turns darker, Gordon-Levitt, who's maybe the most natural, least affected actor of his generation, makes prickly plenty engaging.

- Bob Mondello, NPR, Friday, September 30, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

"50/50" does a fine job dealing with such a tough subject. Seth Rogen acts the same as he usually does but it's Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance that stands out. Most of the film is depressing but there are a few funny moments. It does a great job showing how relationships between people change when one is going through very rough times.

- edfilmreviews, Thursday, December 6, 2012

4 stars

Great balance between drama and humor. Seth brings the humor of course.

- Saxia, Sunday, October 28, 2012

3 stars

Joseph Gordon Levitt saves the film with his serious, fairly subtle- but ultimately functional- performance. Apart from that, it is hit and mediocre, with an emphasis on the mediocre, involving in particular a very uneven, eventually unconvincing, treatment of the subject matter, namely cancer. But, not without humour, not without emotion and not without merit. It just could do better.

- fb1686480544, Saturday, October 27, 2012