2011: #5 50/50


Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Written by: Will Reiser
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston
Distributer: Summit Entertainment
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 9/30/2011
Date seen: 10/9/2011
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $39 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 5 (Soundtrack, Cameo, Actor, Line, and Underappreciated)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Cameo and Line)

Recently I’ve seen a lot of hostility directed toward Jonah Hill because of his recent Oscar nomination for the movie Moneyball. Why is Jonah Hill getting this hostility and not, say, Max Von Sydow? Well, I think it’s because comedy, or at least the kind of young populist comedy embodied by actors like Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen is seen as a hopelessly crass form and people just don’t want to take it seriously. I think that same mindset made people balk at the notion of a Seth Rogen movie that dealt with terminal illness. That’s a shame because 50/50 is a delightful dramedy about what happens when the type of young slackers depicted in Rogen’s other comedies have to deal with serious subject matter and how they rise to the occasion. The movie is funny, truthful, engaging, and I feel that if people had given it a chance it could have snowballed into a sizable hit.
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