Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sharing is Caring - Movies: "50/50" (2011)

Easily one of my top 3 favorite movies of all-time, "50/50" tells the story of one man's journey through cancer, and the trials and tribulations along the way.  One of the only movies I have yet to experience that has made me laugh out loud from it's comedy, as well as cry tears upon tears from it's sadness, "50/50" is one of the most delightful films that have yet graced our cinemas.

"Written by Will Reiser who based the film on his own experiences fighting cancer, Jonathan Levine's poignant comedy 50/50 stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Adam, a 27-year old public radio employee who discovers he has cancer. As his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) tries to help out, his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) proves to be a less than ideal life partner for this particular crisis. All the while, Adam's overprotective mother Diane (Anjelica Huston) tries to overcome her son's continued attempts to keep her out of his life. As Adam begins to discover how hard it is to deal with his situation, and to maintain various relationships in his life, he begins seeing a young counselor (Anna Kendrick) who might prove to be just as helpful personally as she is professionally. Matt Frewer and Philip Baker Hall co-star as Adam's fellow chemotherapy patients."

Starring one of my favorite actors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this movie also has an all-star cast that were chosen perfectly for their roles.
In addition, this movie has one of the most powerful and moving scenes, as I'm showing below.  It is in two parts, the first part on top, the second part on the bottom.  Watch them together to get the full effect of the scene.  In this scene, Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is going home from a bar with his friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) the night before he has a life-threatening surgery to remove his tumor.  Being an unlicensed driver that has never driven a vehicle before, Adam tells Kyle that he wants to "drive". After a horrific panic attack in the car, he decides to call his therapist...
I love this movie, as it portrays so many lessons in life we all must learn and go through, and how to handle things when the road gets rough.  But the best message of the movie is that you don't need to give up.  This movie portrays an average Joe that has every possibility to give up, and even does in his own way, but realizes that he doesn't have to, that things can get better, and it would be worthwhile to work hard for the life you have.

Buy 50/50 on Amazon now during the Holiday sale!

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