SBD: Quick thoughts on 50/50

50/50 is both a comedy and a drama.  It’s been a while since a single movie made me laugh and also made me cry.

Pros:

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt is very good, with his squinty eyes and smile and young/old face.
  • For the first time, I was able to sit through a movie with Seth Rogen.
  • Anjelica Huston is a goddess, and more screen time would’ve been nice.
  • Excellent soundtrack.

Con:

  • Cheap, cheap way of dealing with a relationship that was already faltering and then foundered under the weight of serious illness.

For all that Adam (JGL) has a girlfriend in the beginning of the movie, goes barhopping with Kyle (Rogen) and has a casual hook-up after breaking up with that girlfriend, and then has the prospect of another relationship on the horizon at the end of the film, the key relationship of the film for Adam isn’t with a woman.  It’s Adam’s friendship with Kyle.  Kyle seems like Rogen’s standard character at first, but he’s the person who sticks around when Adam’s illness gets worse.

It’s a bromance.  Except unlike a lot of recent comedies, the relationship isn’t a function of slapstick adventures and it doesn’t produce toilet humor.

Very pleased.

Check out Ebert’s review.

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