It’s hard to imagine a comedy about cancer. But it appears that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen are able to balance the funny and tender moments of a young man diagnosed with a potentially terminal disease in their new film “50/50.“
The story is based on the real life experience of Will Reiser, a producer with the former HBO comedy “Da Ali G Show,” who contracted spinal cancer at the age of 25. Reiser also wrote the film’s script and the book the script was based on.
The movie has received quite favorable review. Here are some from noted film critics:
Roger Ebert – “Sitcoms and film comedies in general have a way of going haywire with comic desperation toward the end. This one doesn’t…’50/50′ isn’t completely true to life, but the more you know about cancer, the less you want it to be.”
The Hollywood Reporter -“This comedy about cancer, where the Big C stands more for comedy than the disease, is nonetheless both touching and funny by the end.”
Entertainment Weekly – “A duet of outstanding loveliness between Kendrick and Gordon-Levitt, also an actor of nuanced control.”
Associated Press – “Director Jonathan Levine pulls us into this intimate world through an abiding naturalism.”
CNN – “When it comes to juggling comedy and pathos, ’50/50′ gets the balance just about right. It’s no cure for cancer, but when we’re dealing with such a painful topic it sure doesn’t hurt to laugh — or cry — and know you’re in good company.”
The movie opens nationally in theaters Friday (Sept. 30).