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December 28, 2012

Serious illness good for grossout film ‘50/50’

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Rogen is also jealous of Adam’s doomed love affair and takes great joy in getting a picture with his camera phone of the girl kissing a Jesus-like artist at an art gallery.

A backdrop through all of this is Adam’s relationship to his soon-to-be-a-doctor therapist, played by the perky Anna Kendrick. When Adam makes a joke about “Doogie Houser,” the old TV show about a teenage doctor, she doesn’t understand. She’s too young.

But that is the relationship to watch.

The film does a nice job of doing some grossout comedy while giving us a somewhat realistic view of dealing with cancer.

The title comes from Adam looking up his particular cancer on the Internet and learning most patients have a 50-50 chance of survival.

There are many nice moments. Adam is about to have an operation that could cure or kill him. His clueless father tells him about his new sports jacket. But to Adam, he is saying his father does have an idea of what is going on and loves him.

It might be the most mature grossout film ever. Yeah, Rogen’s character goes overboard and after awhile you just want him to shut up.

And yes, Huston becomes too motherly. But you know, people can be annoying in real life.

“50 /50” works on many levels. It is worth your time.

Read more movie reviews at videoviper.blogspot.com.

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