What’s so funny about cancer? Well if you are Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt you will be laughing for hours. We attended the NYC premiere 50/50 and got an first hand account about what it so funny about 50/50.
A young man turns a devastating illness into a unique opportunity to experience life in 50/50, a funny, touching and original story about friendship, love and survival starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen.
Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has a pretty great life—with a talented, sexy artist girlfriend and a cool job with NPR, the 27-year old seems to have it all. But when Adam discovers he has a rare and possibly fatal form of cancer, his entire life turns to chaos. Writer Will Reiser experienced his own personal battle with cancer, and was inspired to write an original story which reflects the humor and heartbreak which collide in a poignant and often hilarious journey the main character is completely unprepared for.
As his world starts to unravel in every way, Adam finds himself dealing with the wellmeaning but totally outrageous attempts by his friends and family to make it all better. His best friend, Kyle (Seth Rogen), uses Adam’s condition to lure girls into sympathy sex, his overbearing mother (Anjelica Huston) loses sight of him in her own fears, his otherwise-occupied girlfriend, Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) tries to distract herself an increasingly frantic social life, and Katherine (Anna Kendrick), the inexperienced therapist assigned to his case, struggles to keep up with the needs of her third client ever in this unexpectedly funny movie that reminds us that sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, (500) Days of Summer), Seth Rogen (Knocked Up,Pineapple Express), Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, the Twilight Saga franchise), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Spiderman 3) and Academy Award® winner Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor,The Royal Tenenbaums) star in 50/50. The film is directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) from a script by Will Reiser (“Da Ali G Show”). Director of photography is Terry Stacey (Dear John). Editor is Zene Baker (Observe and Report). Production designer is Annie Spitz (Cyrus). Costume designer is Carla Hetland (The Butterfly Effect). Original music is by Academy Award® winner Michael Giacchino (Up).
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet) and Ben Karlin (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report”) produced the film. Nathan Kahane (Juno, Stranger than Fiction) and Will Reiser, are executive producers.