Dan suggested it. He really did. It wasn't me. "Do you want to go see that movie 50/50?"
I won't review the movie, because I don't really know how to do that. But, will say this: while it was too Hollywood for words at some points, dirt-ball at some points, and I was bored at some points (only a few), I laughed, I cried, and I think I finally have a compelling dissertation idea: Acute Illness Incidents During Young Adulthood and Its Impact on Lifelong Human Development. You know you want to read it. (And to those that actually would, I know I need to be more specific).
But here are some less academic take aways:
1. Everyone in their 20s that is very sick, very suddenly should have a friend like the Seth Rogan character. He is crass and raunchy, but faithful. He saw his friend and the sickness, not denying either the sickness or especially his friend. And he used the F-word a lot. (I personally thanked my dear girlfriend that said, "for "f***'s sake" a lot during those years of my illness over a glass of wine Thursday night. Invaluable).
2. The relational dynamics are exaggerated, but real. The girlfriend/boyfriend really does freak out, but is not honest about it with themselves and, as Seth puts it, basically, "suck as a person;" ... at least in that way.
3. The scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting ready and then going to the hospital is pretty true to life: feed the dog, get in the car, watch your neighbors go to work, drive to the hospital, hug your friend, and walk freely into the building that will change your life either way.
4. I love the play with chance in the movie, albeit narrowly themed through out, and that real, raw, imperfect relationship comes out of moving through the odds of life.