If you were to take Funny People(2009) and switch the Adam Sandler character and seth Rogen Character, then add in a cancer stricken Joseph Gordon-Levitt; 50/50 is what you'll have.
50/50 feels like Funny people(2009) because it is funny, but at the same time it is a dark and serious film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Adam Lerner who has everything going right for him and then stops by his doctor's office for a routine checkup and bam! here it is. He has a malignant tumor in his back and after doing some research he discovers he has a fifty/fifty percent chance of living and dyeing.
However, Adam is not alone in life he has a friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) as well as a girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) and a father and mother(Anjelica Huston). Though these people Adam finds the support he needs. During his chemo sessions he meets Alan (Philip Baker hall) and Mitch (Matt Frewer). These two old men are in the same situation Adam is , they just don't have the same type of cancer he does. In fact they provide some very good laughs throughout the film.
As no one in life is perfect Adam, meets Katherine (Anna Kendrick) every week, whom is a therapist and it is her job to help those dealing with cancer. Through these sessions Both Katherine and Adam realizes that more is at hand than Adam dealing with cancer. They have a connection and surprise! Adam's girlfriend winds up cheating on him.
The Seth Rogen Character of Kyle in a lot of ways reminded me of the Adam Sandler Character in Funny People(2009). In Funny People Adam Sandler , after a gig, brings home two gorgeuous women. One for Himself and one for Seth Rogen. However, The Seth Rogen character winds up dry a few scenes later and then Sandler comes along and collects the other girl Rogen did nothing with.
There are several scenes in 50/50 where we see Rogen going after women and using Adam's excuse to bed them. It's not enough that he's there for Adam , he just has to screw anyone with a vagina along the way.
I have a friend whom I work with and he recently just got over cancer. The connection here is his wife left him as well during his treatment. This is more than enough to make one wonder, why women freak out when bad things happen as well as why they do the things they do when dealing with someone that is severely sick and may possibly die. This is the time when they are needed the most , because in the end they wind up causing more damage to the person in need instead of helping out.
50/50 is a solid good movie, it is however, a melodramatic comedy. There are highs and lows , but is more than enjoyable.