50/50 – Beating the Odds?

50/50 - Beating the Odds?

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Cassie Osvatics, Senior Arts and Entertainment Reviews Writer

The new movie 50/50 premiered Friday September 30th but before I went to see it, I wanted to do my research. I admit I was skeptical. I checked out fandango, IMDb and every trailer you could watch for it. When you see commercials or trailers for the movie, it just seems like one of those typical movies where a guy is diagnosed with an unbeatable condition, but those trailers had changed my mind and I was finally convinced that it’s not a waste of money.
Based on a true story, Jonathan Levine directs a heart wrenching comedy that will make you laugh one minute and cry the next. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s portrayal of Adam, a 27-year-old guy who’s diagnosed with cancer and his struggle to beat it, is amazing. Seth Rogan’s comedic relief as his character Kyle is hilarious. The movie also stars Anna Kendrick as Katherine and Bryce Dallas Howard as Rachael.
Two of the main characters of 50/50, Adam and Kyle, have been best friends since they were kids and have been working at a radio station together for years. When Adam’s diagnosed with cancer, Kyle is the first person he tells and the first person to support him. The only family he has is his mother Diane and his father who has Alzheimer’s and can barely remember him. Sophomore at CSM Hanna Lloyd said it was “amazing” and “made me cry. You definitely have to see it.”
50/50 isn’t your typical movie. It’s one you’ll watch over and over again and love just as much every time and still take away that family and friendship are what matter most.