50/50 Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. 50/50 is a 2011 dramedy film directed by Jonathan Levine, written by Will Reiser, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. The film is loosely based on the life of screenwriter Will Reiser. Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) [...]
Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
50/50 is a 2011 dramedy film directed by Jonathan Levine, written by Will Reiser, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. The film is loosely based on the life of screenwriter Will Reiser.
Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a young man who lives with his girlfriend, Rachel (Bryce Dallas Howard), despite Adam’s best friend and co-worker Kyle (Seth Rogen) disliking her. One day, Adam decides to see a doctor because of back pains and discovers that he actually has a rare type of cancer and must undergo chemotherapy in order to reduce the tumor. The doctor gives Adam the phone number of the hospital’s psychiatrist in case he needs someone to talk to.
Adam tells Rachel about the cancer and tells her that he won’t mind if she prefers to leave him, but she says she’ll stay by his side, however, she eventually starts to display growing signs of detachment to him. Adam also tells his mother Diane (Angelica Houston), who is also taking care of Adam’s father, Richard (Serge Houde), who has Alzheimer’s disease; and Kyle, who worries for his friend’s survival.
Adam starts seeing an inexperienced psychiatrist, Katherine “Katie” McCay (Anna Kendrick), who helps him deal with his problems. He also befriends Alan (Philip Baker Hall) and Mitch (Matt Frewer), two older chemo patients receiving treatment alongside him, and grows fond of Skeletor, an old dog that Rachel rescues from the pound.
Kyle starts using Adam’s illness to get dates, which annoys Adam. In one of these dates, he sees Rachel kissing another man and takes picture of her affair in his cellphone, which he immediatly shows to Adam. Angry, Adam tells Rachel to leave.
Adam and Kyle hang out with Alan and Mitch, and Adam becomes impressed with Mitch’s loving relationship with his wife. Later on, Kyle urges Adam to use his cancer to get dates, but Adam doesn’t want to. He ends up coming across Katie, who gives him a ride home.
Adam starts developing an attraction to her. The next day, him and Kyle go to a bar, where they meet two women. Adam has sex with one of them, but is unable to enjoy it due to his back pains.
The following day, Adam goes to chemo, where he is told by Alan that Mitch died the previous night, something that shocks Adam. After Mitch’s funeral, Adam sees Katie, who advises him to stop ignoring his mother, who is already having a hard time taking care of his father without having to worry about Adam not returning her calls. Adam sees the error of his ways and reconnects with his parents, who drive him to a doctor’s appointment in which Adam is informed that his tumor has grown and he’ll need to undergo surgery in a few days in order to have a chance of making a full recovery.
Increasingly nervous about the procedure, Adam decides to go to a bar with Kyle, but ends up lashing out at Kyle for being more interested in having sex with random women than being there for him. He decides to call Rachel, but ends up calling Katie, who tells him they might have something after his surgery. Adam and Kyle have a night out and Adam ends up taking Kyle back to his apartment, where he discovers that Kyle has been following the instructions of a book on how to cheer up cancer patients and realizes that Kyle was doing his best to prevent Adam from remiscing about the cancer.
Adam undergos surgery as Kyle, Katie, Diane and Richard await. The doctor informs them that, although it’ll be a long and arduous process, Adam will recover completelly. Katie later visits Adam, who thanks her for helping him.
Six months later, Kyle helps Adam prepare for his date with Katie, who arrives with pizza and asks Adam where their relationship will be going next.