50/50 (Summit) is what Joseph Gordon-Levitt puts his chances of survival at when he’s diagnosed with cancer in the comedy inspired by the real-life ordeal of producer/screenwriter Will Reiser. With best friend Seth Rogen and therapist-in-training Anna Kendrick as his support group and Angelica Huston as his lonely, clucking mother, he faces chemotherapy, surgery, and the possibility that he may not have much of a future. But while the film explores mortality with a sense of humor, this is not a black comedy or a morbid piece of filmmaking. while the comedy is wrapped around palpable feelings of helplessness, anger and fear, it is also a reawakening of sorts, a wake-up call just before what may be final call, if you will, and Gordon-Levitt beautifully walks the wobbly path between the conflicting feelings.
Features commentary by director Jonathan Levine, screenwriter Will Reiser, and actor Seth Rogen, three featurettes and deleted scenes. DVD and Blu-ray, day-and-date availability at Redbox.