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.
â€œ50/50,â€ a dramedy previously titled â€œIâ€™m With Cancer,â€ 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, â€œ50/50â€ is based on his being diagnosed, at 24, of having lymphoma â€“ but further tests showed that a giant tumor was growing on his spine. While itâ€™s a fictional account, the film benefits from Willâ€™s personal insights, a terrific cast composed of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston, Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Rogen, Willâ€™s best friend in real life, who personally witnessed his battle.
Director Jonathan Levine (â€œThe Wackness,â€ 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.