50/50 review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
50/50 is theHollywood bro-mance movie about radio presenter Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who complains of back pains and shortness of breath only to suddenly be diagnosed with cancer whose treatment, he discovers, only offers a fifty percent chance of survival.
Adam seeks emotional support from his girlfriend Rachel (Bryce Dallas Howard) and his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogan), yet Rachel can not handle the strain of her boyfriend’s illness and cheats on him, leading him to unceremoniously break up with her. Adam’s emotional support now falls entirely on Kyle’s shoulders, hilarity ensues.
An interesting twist on a theme that is stereotypically female based, 50/50 is a perfectly adequate comedy movie whose only aspect of originality comes in the close relationship between Kyle and Adam. The treatment of women is rather misogynistic and sub-standard, but one can’t help but compare it to the depiction of men in similar such female based romantic comedies.
The jokes are predictable, yet funny enough to keep the audience amused throughout, whilst the acting skills and characterization is all of a fairly low standard, but one can’t help but feel that Seth Rogan essentially plays himself in all his movies, so it would be difficult for even him to screw this character up. Don’t get me wrong, I like Seth Rogan, I just find myself wondering why after the impressive originality of Knocked Up he would make something so unimaginative.
Far from one of Rogan’s more impressive endeavours 50/50 is exactly that, completely middle ground and average in every way; perfectly entertaining but equally forgettable.