2011 Fall Movie Preview: Our 20 Most Anticipated

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50/50 | September 30, 2011

Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Will Reiser
Cast: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

What it’s about: Inspired by personal experiences of screenwriter Will Reiser, “50/50” is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis. — Yahoo! Movies

Why we’re excited: Having seen it, we can tell you unequivocally: Get excited about “50/50.” Hilarious, clever and touching, tragic, uplifting all rolled into one. The performances, particularly from Joseph Gordon Levitt, are top notch. You would be hard pressed to find a better grouping of promising young stars, and despite what you might expect given the subject matter, the film doesn’t force over the top tearjerker moments down your throat. Everything, from the relationships to the progression of the story, feels organic. Perhaps that’s because the screenwriter essentially wrote an autobiography of his own journey, to great effect.


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Linda is currently a Film Reporter at TheWrap. She studied Film & Digital Media at the University of California. She likes David Fincher, New York City, and cats. She founded Up&Comers in 2010. You can find more of her random ramblings, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter @lindazge.