50/50

It takes a pair to beat the odds.

**RATED R**RATED R**RATED R**

My campus shows movies on Friday nights that are coming out on DVD within the next week or two.  It makes for seeing some really cool new-ish movies for really cheap (e.i. FREE).  This was one I’d been wanting to see for a while, but I didn’t have anyone at home who wanted to see it with me.  And after twisting a few arms, I found people to go with me here.

Adam is a 27-year-old with his life ahead of him.  He works at a radio station and lives a healthy life.  The day he finds out he has a rare form of cancer changes the game.  Suddenly, he’s spending a lot of his time in hospitals and everyone’s looking at him as if he’ll shatter to pieces when they turn their back.  Adam’s best friend, Kyle, tries to make the best of a bad situation.  He wants to keep the humor of the situation alive to keep Adam happy.  But how long does Adam have to live?  How long can Kyle keep finding the humor of it all?

I loved it.  Going into it, I was telling my friend, “I have a feeling I’m going to end up crying at some point.”  I mean, a movie about cancer that doesn’t make you cry?  Unheard of.  But I didn’t cry because Seth Rogen had some very well placed jokes and comic relief that just turned the sad scenes around.  There was one point where no jokes could be made.  It was serious and that’s what it was meant to be.  I appreciated that.

There’s a lot of language in this.  A lot.  Most of it coming from Kyle, but not all of it.  It was just all so funny that I didn’t mind it so much.

The acting was fantastic.  You could tell the story meant something to the actors.  They all gave their A-game.  I mean, Joseph Gordon-Levitt actually shaved his head!  You don’t get much more real than that.  Also, my friend halfway through the movie turned to me and said, “I just want to give him a hug.  He needs one.”  So true.

It’s a cute bromance movie with very serious undertones and humor dashed throughout.  I’m definitely going to have to see it again when it comes out on DVD.

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