Friendship is best medicine in ’50/50′

Cancer has been one of the deadliest diseases known to man in the past 20 years.

Scientists and researchers have been trying to find a cure for it, but so far nothing has been discovered.

But perhaps the new film “50/50” teaches us that friendship is the best cure for it.

Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in this comedy-drama about two friends who try to find light in a dark situation.

Levitt plays Adam, a 27-year-old man who lives alone and works at a local radio station with his best friend, Kyle (Rogen).

Like any Rogen character on the big screen, he plays a goofball whose main interests including everything that’s taboo.

But that repetitiveness can be tolerated because of his chemistry with the other lead, Levitt.

Some of the best on-screen chemistry you will see is on display in “50/50.” The film crew cleverly casted these two together and it worked to perfection.

The film centers on the main character Adam, and his fight with cancer. Early in the movie, Adam goes to a doctor to find out what is wrong with his back.

The doctor diagnoses him with a rare type of cancer that affects his back.

He learns that chemotherapy is needed in order to reduce the tumor and Adam is appalled with the news.

He learns later on the Internet that the survival rate for his cancer is 50 percent.

He is also assigned to attend appointments with a young psychologist (Anna Kendrick) in order to treat his depression.

He then tells his family and friends the news and they don’t take it too well, especially his girlfriend who cheats on him while Adam is trying to cope with the cancer.

His best friend Kyle, though, commits to making him feel secure.

The healing process is tough, but Kyle tries to stay optimistic with him by telling him that he’ll be fine.

And he does this through humor.

One of the few shortcomings in drama films is that they obviously lack a way to bring laughter to the audience.

With drama, more tears are produced than laughs.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s nice to see when humor is merged with drama.

“50/50” blends humor with drama perfectly.

There as many jokes in here as an Adam Sandler film.

More importantly, though, its message is more powerful than just a few chuckles. And that message is to use friendship as a coping mechanism to get through tragedy.

JACOB TARR

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