Movies From the Hat V #10 – Audrey’s Pick – 50/50 (2011)

This is my 2959th Review

Thanks to Audrey of 1001 Movies and Beyond  for this recommendation.


“You’re 24. Wow! So, what, are you like Doogie Howser or somethin? ” – Adam

Number of Times Seen – 2 (28 Nov 2011 and 18 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A twenty-something guy finds out he has cancer and must reevaluate his whole life while trying to survive.

My Take on it – This is a film that many people believe goes too far because it takes a situation that should remain serious and puts a humorous spin on it.

I actually disagree with that sentiment, because what this film manages to do is take a serious terminal situation and look at it from multiple viewpoints both serious and humorous.

Jospeh Gordon-Levitt once again shows how great an actor he can be because he gives his all for such an amazing and powerful performance.

We get to see his range because he is able to show so much emotion from various aspects of dealing with such a heavy predicament.

Seth Rogan is perfectly cast as his comedic sidekick who helps lighten the situation more often than not which gives us yet another perspective on such a deadly predicament.

They do a wonderful job of looking at life situations from multiple viewpoints and allows us to put all of them together to form out own opinions of everything going on.

Knowing that this is inspired by a true account of someone who went through something similar helps make this even more powerful because truth is almost always more powerful than fiction… almost. 🙂

Bottom Line – Great look at how one can deal with situations that they don’t expect. Gordon-Levitt is superb here as the anchor of this film while Rogan does a fine job as the comedic half of the duo.  Looks at real life situations from dual perspectives and lets us mesh both together to see how things in life are truly perceived.  It’s not fair to think that this film satirizes terminal illness because what it manages to do is look at things from a more realistic perspective since life is filled with both serious and humorous aspects of everything that happens to us.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Joseph Gordon-Levitt actually shaved his head during filming. He and Seth Rogen were improvising in character while the cameras kept rolling, since the scene was not in the script. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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3 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat V #10 – Audrey’s Pick – 50/50 (2011)

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  2. Nice Review, This is one of my go to films when i need to understand life i think i have seen it 10plus times, I love how they look at the situation because most of the humour comes from Rogen as the friend who doesn’t really know how to act (Hence the book in the final scenes) and tries to keep his friend happy and like nothing is different through his struggle. the parent reaction is brilliant and true.


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