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It's more than an even bet you'll like '50/50'

It's more than an even bet you'll like '50/50'

The odds given a cancer patient in "50/50" also reflect the balance struck between comedy and drama in a movie that takes on a difficult subject. Much of the comedy feels forced, but its dramatic underpinnings will have you hoping that this patient makes it.

Based on screenwriter Will Reiser's own bout with cancer, "50/50" certainly understands the physical and psychological ramifications of its topic. The protagonist, Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), is a 27-year-old producer at a public radio station in Seattle. He doesn't smoke, drink, eat to excess or do anything else that he figures would result in a diagnosis of cancer. Also on the healthy side...