First Trailer and Images for 50/50 Starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

     May 27, 2011


Summit Entertainment has released the first trailer for the dramedy 50/50.  Screenwriter Will Reiser based the story on his own battle with cancer. The trailer is fantastic and does a great job of balancing some funny jokes with the gravity of a guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dealing with cancer.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and the first images along with Steve’s thoughts on the film.  50/50 is directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), also stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Angelica Huston, and Phillip Baker Hall star.  It opens September 30th.

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Steve recently saw the film and while he’s embargoed from writing a full review, he thought all the performances were great and said “the film does a fantastic job telling a realistic story about cancer.  Also, 50/50 never tries to Hollywoodize the story, which makes everything more powerful.  Finally, like The Wackness, Levine uses some great music including one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs.  Definitely recommended.”

Here’s the official synopsis for 50/50:

Inspired by personal experiences, 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. Rogen also serves as producer, along with Evan Goldberg and Ben Karlin. Jonathan Levine directs from a script by Will Reiser. “We worked with Will on Da Ali G show, and it was shortly after that we learned he was sick.” Rogen recalls. “As shocking, sad, confusing and generally screwed up as it was; we couldn’t ignore that because we were so ill-equipped to deal with the situation, funny things kept happening. Will got better, and when he did, we thought the best way to pull something good out of the situation was to get him to write a screenplay. Ideally we wanted to make a film that would be as funny, sad, and hopefully as honest as the experience we went through. As soon as the script was completed, it quickly became a passion project for all of us. It helped us come to terms with Will’s struggle as well as our own experiences.” 50/50 is the story of a guy’s transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health. 50/50 draws its emotional core from Will Reiser’s own experience with cancer and reminds us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers.




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  • chief

    i knew him is best actor but him plays the role of testuo and leo can play the role of kaneda , why do director brothers huges leaves akira ? i don t understand , i don t want chris pine , andrew , justin , tron , two lovers , frist classe x men for akira , !!!!!!!!!

    • Excpired

      You are right, JGL would be a great choice for a role in Akira; he could easily reflect one of the main characters.

  • Tofer

    This actually looks surprisingly good. Great cast, too (I can’t quite pinpoint when, but somewhere along the line JGL became my fave actor). Count me in.

    • James

      Totally agree. He’s just phenomenal in every role. And he’s not afraid to jump from humour right down to crazy serious. One of the best out there, for sure.

      • your mom

        My thoughts exactly.

  • ajnapjr

    This looks really great. I really like the pairing of JGL and Rogen for some reason. Looking forward to it.

  • ALicia

    I was lucky enough to catch a screening and it was very well acted by JGL (which comes as no surprise). The presence of Seth Rogan always throws me off when it comes to drama, but he was the heartfelt comic relief. The direction of the movie and journey of the main character were predictable, but JGL is very subtle and low key with his performance and carries it well. All in all I was glad I got the opportunity to catch a screening.

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  • junierizzle

    Damn, this looks good.

  • Elitist Prick

    This is the kind of role that I think Seth Rogan does really well; a combination of comedy and drama, like in Funny People. He doesn’t have to be the centerpiece here (which is even better), not to mention that he isn’t trying to pretend he’s a superhero crime fighter. Plus, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is good in almost everything he’s done.

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  • Matthew

    What is the name of the song towards the end of the trailer? Very catchy!

  • SPS

    Much better than I thought it would look. Maybe a possible Oscar nomination for Gordon-Levitt as well (especially since they snubbed him for (500) Days of Summer and Inception!).

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  • mike

    forget the name of the song but ita on edward sharpes first record

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  • Alex H

    Eff yeah!!! Joseph Gordon-Levitt for best actor!!!

  • Chadito

    The song towards the end is Carries On by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

  • chief

    HI it means : joseph gordon lewitt is alone for testuo and like look precious character ‘s testuo , if yu know why ken was inception , he can be colonnel , but alone best actor for role “colonnel” and i want leonardo is kaneda but old year but but young , and there is lil problme peolpe japan is one role ‘s kaneda for best actor , origine from manga , i don t again talk more because akire is top secret …..

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  • Jeremy

    I saw this movie and REALLY enjoyed it. That song at the end by Pearl Jam, do you know what its called? I swear I have the CD its on somewhere, but I can’t find it! Its eating me upside lol! I needa know what its called!


    • Jenn

      The Pearl Jam song at the end of the movie is Yellow Bedletter.

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  • Sarah

    Does anyone know the name of the song at the beginning of the movie when he is running? Thanks!

  • Sandra

    What is the song they played at the very end of this movie…after the Pearl Jam song??? Loved it!