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What We’re Watching

Hatchet reporter Arich Morales shares his latest movie experience.

50/50” (2011)

Is it a comedy masked as a drama or a drama masked as a comedy? Directed by Jonathan Levine and inspired by a true story, “50/50” addresses these conflicting emotions of happiness and sorrow as the audience follows the story of 27-year-old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is diagnosed with a rare cancer.

But the storyline is far from tragic. Adam’s best friend Kyle (Seth Rogan) provides plenty of comic relief throughout the film. Every word out of Rogan’s mouth is both random and raunchy, but always hilarious. And as selfish, pretentious and annoying as his character may seem, he also shows a sensitive side of concern for his friend.

Despite the comedic elements, “50/50” does not make light of cancer. The film has a powerful impact of evoking deep emotions while also providing lighthearted entertainment for viewers. It is a story about love, friendship and the importance of appreciating life’s simplest gifts.

Though the film only grossed roughly $8.6 million opening weekend in the United States, “50/50” is worth seeing. The film starts out slow but does not disappoint. It provides the best of both worlds and brings audiences on a heartfelt journey of survival.

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Jonathan Levine
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan, Anna Kendrick
Release Date: Sept. 30

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