DVD: A ’50/50′ Proposition for Cancer and Comedy

DVD and Blu-ray

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/screenwrite​r Will Reiser. With best friend Seth Rogen and therapist-in-trainin​g 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.

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Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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