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Exactly the Way It Is

on 1/2/2013

The story of 50/50 is based on the real life experience of the writer, Will Reiser. He was diagnosed with spinal cancer at the age of 26 while he was working on Da Ali G show with Seth Rogen. Rogen, much like the character of Kyle, supported Reiser and tried to help him cope through the use of humor. Fortunately, Reiser beat cancer and is alive today to tell the story he went through. Although this movie is a comedy it has an equal number of dramatic moments and is incredibly touching.

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Exactly the Way movie should be

on 3/28/2013

Kyle is a very genuine character who wants to do everything he can to support Adam, although he stumbles along the way. He also takes advantage of Adam's situation as a way to meet some girls, much to Adam's chagrin. He makes light of the situation whenever the chance arises, but shows himself to be a very sincere friend at every opportunity. This is a quality movie.

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Product Overview

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 226227988
UPC 025192108501
UPC 14 00025192108501
Format DVD
Release Date 6/25/2013
Rating Rating
Editors Note
Note Written by Will Reiser who based the film on his own experiences fighting cancer, Jonathan Levine's poignant comedy 50/50 stars Joseph Gordonn-Levitt as Adam, a 27-year old public radio employee who discovers he has cancer. As his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) tries to help out, his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) proves to be a less than ideal life partner for this particular crisis. All the while, Adam's overprotective mother Diane (Anjelica Huston) tries to overcome her son's continued attempts to keep her out of his life. As Adam begins to discover how hard it is to deal with his situation, and to maintain various relationships in his life, he begins seeing a young counselor (Anna Kendrick) who might prove to be just as helpful personally as she is professionally. Matt Frewer and Philip Baker Hall co-star as Adam's fellow chemotherapy patients.
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "Working from an autobiographical and aggressively competent script by Will Reiser, director Jonathan Levine smoothly realizes this memoir as a modest production that's disarmingly relatable..." 09/12/2011
Los Angeles Times "[With] artful direction by Jonathan Levine and an expertly assembled cast....50/50 may seem like an unlikely hybrid, but it grows on you." 09/30/2011
Entertainment Weekly "[I]t's the Rogen-Goldberg touch, with the duo's characteristic SUPERBAD mash of the sweet and the bracingly coarse, that sells this unusual downer/upper of a life-and-death comedy." -- Grade: B 10/07/2011
A.V. Club "[I]t achieves the laughter-through-tears effect...thanks to the lightness and wit of Reiser's script; strong, committed performances; and some real insight into the difficulties of being supportive -- or, on the other end accepting that support." 09/29/2011
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "A movie handled with this kind of care is a rare gift. Refusing to hide from pain or bow to it, 50/50 makes its own rules." 10/13/2011
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Director Jonathan Levine has established the characters with enough care that the audience is prepared when they reveal greater depth toward the end." 09/28/2011
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Jonathan Levine's film will get you, all right, but it'll get you with uniformly excellent performances, a moving and well-deployed soundtrack and, most impressive of all, genuine emotional truths." 12/01/2011
Washington Post 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "50/50 takes the hackneyed convention of illness-driven melodrama and reinvigorates it with honesty, clear-eyed compassion and unsentimental wit." 09/30/2011
Anjelica Huston
Bryce Dallas Howard
Seth Rogen
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Cast & Crew
Anjelica Huston - Star
Bryce Dallas Howard - Star
Seth Rogen - Star
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Star
Anna Kendrick - Star
Laura Bertram - Co-Star
Philip Baker Hall - Co-Star
Serge Houde - Co-Star
Donna Yamamoto - Co-Star
Chilton Crane - Co-Star
Daniel Bacon - Co-Star
Adrian McMorran - Co-Star
Jason Vaisvila - Co-Star
Sarah Smyth - Co-Star
Will Reiser - Co-Star
Susan McLellan - Co-Star
Jessica Parker Kennedy - Co-Star
Lauren Miller - Co-Star
Stephanie Belding - Co-Star
Karen VanBlankenstin - Co-Star
Matty Finochio - Co-Star
Marie Avgeropoulos - Co-Star
Luisa d'Oliveira - Co-Star
Andrea Brooks - Co-Star
Ryan W. Smith - Co-Star
Amitai Marmorstein - Co-Star
Sugar Lyn Beard - Co-Star
William "Bigsleeps" Stewart - Co-Star
Bonnie Bollivar - Co-Star
Beatrice Ilg - Co-Star
Neil Corbett - Co-Star
Karolina Sabat - Co-Star
Christopher DeSchuster - Co-Star
Marlow the Wonderdog - Co-Star
P. Lynn Johnson - Co-Star
Veena Sood - Co-Star
Peter Kelamis - Co-Star
Brent Sheppard - Co-Star
Richard C. Burton - Co-Star
Yee Jee Tso - Co-Star
Shane Vieau - Set Decorator
Will Reiser - Screenwriter
Gabe Hilfer - Music Director
Wildfire Visual Effects - Visual Effects Designer
Andrea Simpson - Hairstylist
Andrew Airlie - Co-Star
Matt Frewer - Co-Star
Scott Ateah - Stunt Coordinator
Gary Bourgeois - Sound Re-Recording
Terry Stacey - Director of Photography
Nancy Kirhoffer - Post-Production Supervisor
Michael Giacchino - Composer
David Dowling - Production Manager/UPM
Jim Black - Music Director
Tanya Hudson - Makeup Designer
Jonathan Levine - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2011
UPC 00025192108501
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
DVD, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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