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Cancer dramedy among standouts in Toronto festival

12 September 2011

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Cancer dramedy among standouts in Toronto festival

A film about a young man with a massive, malignant tumor on his spine is funny, believe it or not, and is one of the best films in the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.

“50/50,” a dramedy previously titled “I’m With Cancer,” is one of the entries that we watched in a crazy week of nightly screenings in LA before we flew here. Surprisingly, most of them are exceptionally good.

Written by Will Reiser, who wrote projects for HBO, “50/50″ is based on his being diagnosed, at 24, of having lymphoma ““ but further tests showed that a giant tumor was growing on his spine. While it’s a fictional account, the film benefits from Will’s personal insights, a terrific cast composed of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston, Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Rogen, Will’s best friend in real life, who personally witnessed his battle.

Director Jonathan Levine (“The Wackness,” winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Fest Audience Award) succeeds in the difficult task of making the movie amusing and moving at the same time, never pandering to cheap sentiment.

 

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Via Entertainment Inquirer

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