3 stars (out of 5)
By R. Kurt Osenlund
When we first see Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), he's jogging down the sidewalk, only to stop at a red light. There isn't a car to be seen, and another runner ignores the flashing hand and breezes past him. He's soon shown taking his grand old time with his daily routines, and we later learn that he doesn't have a driver's license because car accidents are "the nation's fifth leading cause of death." Directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), 50/50 is a film about the tragic obliteration of youthful, everyday normalcy, expressed via the troubles of a perfectly normal 27-year-old who burns away minutes and holds life at arm's length before getting slapped with a rather grim cancer diagnosis.
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