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Can cancer be funny? Check the new 50/50 trailer to find out...

Aug. 11, 2011by: Mike Sampson

The answer to the question in that headline is, yes. At least according to 50/50, the upcoming Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Seth Rogen dramedy. What I am a little surprised about is how heavy they're pushing the laughs in the trailer. Yes, this is a Seth Rogen produced film from a writer of "Da Ali G Show" but let's get one thing straight: this is a cancer movie. And while there can be moments of humor, at the end of the day, all the characters in this film have to deal with the fact that Will, the lead character, has cancer and may very well die at the young age of 27.

I can't imagine that angle - cancer film! - would be super enticing to audiences, but it's also honest. I've seen the film and can talk about it (sort of) so I know how important it is to highlight the film's comedic elements but I also think they're doing themselves a disservice by not highlighting some of the other more dramatic aspects of the film. That's what makes 50/50 so good; the balancing act between making you laugh and forcing you to choke back the tears.

Watching this trailer, you should have no reservations that the film will be good for a few laughs. But you should also know that it's so much more than a movie "From the Guys Who Brought You SUPERBAD!" It's got a very good chance during awards season to make some hay and here's hoping it'll surprise as many people as it surprised me. Enough ranting - go watch the trailer...

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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10:44PM on 08/11/2011
As I spoke about in an article a month or two ago about 50/50, I think this is a good thing. I lost my brother to cancer in March and this in no way offends me or does a disservice to the survivors and patients. I think this will open up a new outlook for people who know very little about the treatment and it's healing process, which is an incredibly difficult and grueling one. I'll most likely be checking this out.
As I spoke about in an article a month or two ago about 50/50, I think this is a good thing. I lost my brother to cancer in March and this in no way offends me or does a disservice to the survivors and patients. I think this will open up a new outlook for people who know very little about the treatment and it's healing process, which is an incredibly difficult and grueling one. I'll most likely be checking this out.
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11:59PM on 08/11/2011
Possible Oscar noms for 50/50 and Joseph Gordon-Levitt?
Possible Oscar noms for 50/50 and Joseph Gordon-Levitt?
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12:03AM on 08/12/2011
Hopefully.
Hopefully.
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5:09AM on 08/12/2011
I'm debating this one. After having gone through all that cancer stuff myself, this film may be a little rough for me, so I'm not sure quite yet whether I will be checking it out. Not that it looks bad, it actually looks quite good and I am a huge fan of JGL, but that's probably one of the problems. It looks good and may hit a little too close to home.
I'm debating this one. After having gone through all that cancer stuff myself, this film may be a little rough for me, so I'm not sure quite yet whether I will be checking it out. Not that it looks bad, it actually looks quite good and I am a huge fan of JGL, but that's probably one of the problems. It looks good and may hit a little too close to home.
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6:15AM on 08/12/2011
First I am sorry for what you had to go through. Second I agree, I had to watch my Grandmother go through that and . . . yeah. 3rd, not a big fan or Rogen but love JGL so hope to see you at the moveis!
First I am sorry for what you had to go through. Second I agree, I had to watch my Grandmother go through that and . . . yeah. 3rd, not a big fan or Rogen but love JGL so hope to see you at the moveis!
11:57PM on 08/11/2011
I guess what ya can't beat,laugh at! no need to bow when in defeat.
I guess what ya can't beat,laugh at! no need to bow when in defeat.
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2:49AM on 08/12/2011
From what I read, the story is based on Rogan and writer Reiser's (the writer from Da Ali G Show) experience with Reiser's real life cancer scare and all the weirdness of the contrast between the reality of the situation and their ability to find humor in what is essentially the most sobering and dire of situations.

Its got JGL, I'm in like Flynn
From what I read, the story is based on Rogan and writer Reiser's (the writer from Da Ali G Show) experience with Reiser's real life cancer scare and all the weirdness of the contrast between the reality of the situation and their ability to find humor in what is essentially the most sobering and dire of situations.

Its got JGL, I'm in like Flynn
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12:36AM on 08/12/2011
This looks great. I'll see it.
This looks great. I'll see it.
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12:04AM on 08/12/2011
Movie looks terrific. Looks like the right amount of comedy and drama towards a subject that sucks.
Movie looks terrific. Looks like the right amount of comedy and drama towards a subject that sucks.
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5:03AM on 08/12/2011
I can't do it. It has Seth Rogen in it, and it's written by him. Plus it reminds me of that movie that he did with Sandler about the comedian with cancer that came out...was that last year or two years ago?
Maybe on cable or netflix.
I can't do it. It has Seth Rogen in it, and it's written by him. Plus it reminds me of that movie that he did with Sandler about the comedian with cancer that came out...was that last year or two years ago?
Maybe on cable or netflix.
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