Film #162: 50/50
5 out of 5 stars
What could have been a maudlin, depressing film about cancer and the potential for dying instead turns out to be a genuinely funny and poignant film that bravely tap-dances on the line between drama and comedy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (INCEPTION, BATMAN RISES) does a fantastic job of grounding the film while Seth Rogan (SUPERBAD, 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN), while restrained considering his other work, manages to be endearingly sympathetic and adds a much needed levity. The film costars Anna Kendrick (UP IN THE AIR), Bryce Dallas Howard (HEREAFTER, THE VILLAGE), the amazing Philip Baker Hall (THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, THE INSIDER), Matt Frewer (DAWN OF THE DEAD, MAX HEADROOM), and Anjelica Huston (ADDAMS FAMILY) all of whom do truly wonderful work. Director Jonathan Levine (THE WACKNESS) achieves a delicate balance here and imbues the film with some absolutely amazing moments. Deftly written and told with a subtle eye toward its own humanity, I liked this film a LOT. HIGHLY recommended, but bring a box of tissues for the tears of joy and sadness.