• November 7, 2011 - 1:30pm

Twenty-something Adam (the superb Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds himself in a sudden fight for his life when he’s diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. Sounds like a downer, but in the deft hands of director Jonathan Levine and screenwriter Will Reiser, who based the story on personal experience, 50/50 proves spirited, ribald and tender—an outrageously funny comedy that quietly breaks your heart. With Seth Rogen as Adam’s foul-mouthed best friend, Bryce Dallas Howard as his self-absorbed girlfriend, and Anjelica Huston as his neurotic mother.

99 minutes