Cancer is funny. At least, the makers of “50/50″ think it is. Because the film is comedy that allows itself (and hopefully, its audience) to laugh at this deadly serious illness. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a young man named Adam who is diagnosed with a malignant tumour. He refuses to let it get him down, and enlists the help of his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) to get through it. The film boasts a pretty good ensemble cast, with Anna Kendrick (“Up In The Air”) as Adam’s doctor, Bryce Dallas Howard (“Spiderman 3″) as his girlfriend, and Anjelica Huston (“The Grifters”) as his mom. This is quite a departure for director Jonathan Levine, whose body of work mainly comprises horror and thrillers (“All The Boys Love Mandy Lane”). Probably the black humour appealed to him.
Gordon-Levitt is always good to watch, so this might add up to be a more than your average disease-of-the-week flick (with added jokes). His role was originally meant to be played by James McAvoy before the Scotsman departed the project due to undisclosed personal reasons. The “Inception” star seems like a better fit for this sort of material and the cast he’s playing with.
“50/50″ premieres 30th September in the US.