50/50: Movie Review by a Mississauga Chiropractor

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 Just watched 50/50 (2011), starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3 Rock from the Sun), Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) & Anna Kendrick (Twilight).

Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a methodical twenty-seven year old writer of radio programs that lives together with his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) who is a painter. His best friend is Kyle (Seth Rogen) who is constantly telling Adam how bad Rachael is for him.  Adam also has an overprotective mother Diane (Anjelica Huston), who takes care of her husband Richard (Serge Houde) that has Alzheimer. When Adam feels a pain in his back, he goes to the doctor and is diagnosed with a rare spinal cancer.  He researches the condition over the Internet and he sees that his odds for surviving are 50/50. He goes through chemotherapy treatments and is counselled by a twenty-four year-old therapist Katherine (Anna Kendrick). Through his treatments, Adam discovers more about the feelings he has for Rachael, Katherine and Kyle and he also realizes how much his mother loves him.

This was a very touching movie.  They were able to mix in a lot of humour to lighten up the serious topic of cancer.  Seth Rogen’s character is basically a carbon copy of his character in 40 Year Old Virgin.  He spews profane one-liners faster than our ears can process. Despite the aggressive front, Rogen’s character Kyle, is a friend with a heart … and one who doesn’t hesitate to share his medicinal marijuana.  Anna Kendrick was also good in her portrayal of Katherine, the endearingly naive psychotherapy student, who is drafted in to comfort Gordon-Levitt, with awkward yet tender exchanges and chipmunk smiles.   Matt Frewer, as Mitch and Philip Baker Hall, as Alan provide more comic relief as two cancer-stricken and lovin’-it old timers, who share chemotherapy sessions with Alan at the hospital.

Overall, I would give this movie 8/10 stars.  Check it out if you want a heart-felt film.  Happy Viewing

 

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