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Odds Are You'll Enjoy "50/50"

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This weekend Cheap Seats will be offering two movies for your viewing pleasure: “Footloose” and “50/50.” If you can only choose one to go to, choose “50/50.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an incredible performance as Adam Lerner, a 27-year- old that is told he has a form of cancer with a 50-50 chance of survival.

Lerner is a producer at a National Public Radio station and seems to be taking life a little too seriously. He waits for the walk sign when there are no cars and he doesn’t drive, smoke or drink.

So when he’s given the news that he has cancer he is understandably surprised because it was the last thing he would expect his back pain to be. The film is about Lerner’s struggle to cope with his condition.

Things only get worse for Lerner when his girlfriend, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, fails to give emotional support and his best friend (Seth Rogen) uses his illness as a pick-up line in bars, bookstores and parties.

The film was written by Will Reiser and is based on his own life experiences. Rogen is a close friend of Will and helped him write the script.

The movie captures the essence of the everyman going through a major hardship in life.

Reiser effectively creates a lovable, charming character that Gordon-Levitt personifies, giving the audience a strong connection to Lerner.

Director Jonathan Levine allowed Rogen and Gordon-Levitt to improvise, giving the characters an authentic friendship that no script could match.

“50/50” does a superb job of capturing the middle ground between films about young children with terminal illnesses and films about the elderly with terminal illnesses where you’re not naïve to the reality of death, but not old enough to be at peace with the end.

“50/50” will be playing this Friday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in Monroe 116.

Additionally, “Footloose” will be playing on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Monroe 116. Tickets to all showings are $1.

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