Tag Archives: Seth Rogen
2012. 116 mins. Rated R.
Margot: “I’m afraid of being afraid.”
Daniel: “Sounds like the most dangerous thing in the world.”
During a recent girl’s night, I was faced with the dreadful, if not tired, question: “Who is YOUR girl crush?!” (Yick)! It occurred to me I had no idea. My incredulous friends replied, “But come on… Mila Kunis, Angelina Jolie?” Suffice it to say, I felt a little interrogated by this imbibed, demanding she-chorus.
Response to the original TBBC Post on 50/50.
If you don’t like depressing films, you better limit your movie-going experience to Disney movies. Life is all about the balance of humor and pathos, and you cannot have one without the other.
Based on a true story of a 27-year old man’s struggle with a very rare form of cancer, 50/50 is a raw and honest portrayal of what’s it’s like to live through cancer treatment, and to face the very real possibility of having a finite timeline to your life expectancy — unlike the rest of us, who blithely go through our day even though we could be hit by a bus (or murdered by some wacko on Craigslist) at any moment.
What I came away with at the end of this movie was I really “got” what it was like to have cancer. I felt Adam’s shock, his betrayal, his pain, his bewilderment, his rage, his frustration, his downward spiral. His best friend Kyle tries to use the cancer to score women for both of them, and you can see Adam’s quick conviction that sex no longer matters in the face of the disease. What the disease teaches Adam is a large part of the movie.
The part that was lacking to me was there was no tension in the plot. I guessed the ending of the film early on and actually felt like that was the inevitable ending, especially for a film billed as a comedy (dark or not). The ending doesn’t really matter. The strength of it is the journey. Before the movie even ended, I began reflecting on my own mortality, and who or what is important in my life. If that’s the only this film accomplishes, I can’t complain. What I will complain about is that it seemed to be a bit muddled as a film. It is a little funny, a lot dramatic, and I certainly liked it… but it didn’t knock my socks off. I think it wanted to be funnier, but it elevated itself above the comedy which didn’t completely work.