Wednesday, June 22, 2011

TRAILER: Seth Rogen & Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "50/50"

Plot: A comedic account of a 27-year-old guy's (Gordon-Levitt) cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village), Anjelica Huston
Verdict: In 2009, Seth Rogen costarred with Adam Sandler in the cancer dramedy Funny People. It wasn't funny. Sandler's character learned that he had cancer and even though we were supposed to be sympathetic towards him, you couldn't help but think he was a douchebag. Needless to say, no one was hoping for another cancer comedy. Terminal illness isn't enjoyable even when it's in a drama. Adding a punchline isn't going to make it any more bearable. But I have to say, some way, somehow writer Will Reiser made dying funny, and goofy, and you really get to know what it feels like for a guy (for once) to feel as though your world has just stopped. This story is even more interesting because it's a fictionalized account of how Rogen's friend discovered he had cancer. True stories always seem to inflict a certain weight to the words and I think it makes the screenwriter try harder too.  I'm also looking forward to seeing Kendrick do her thing again. I haven't seen her since Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and I think her best is yet to come. Oh and do I even have to mention how amazing JGL is in this trailer? This will probably be the closet Rogen will ever get to an Oscar nom, vicariously and in consideration.

Release Date: September 30

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