If you were wondering how a film about cancer could get played for laughs, and the first trailer for 50/50 didn’t quite hammer it home, this new one will. Directed by Jonathan Levine‘s 50/50 stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the story of a young man diagnosed with cancer at 27 and given a 50/50 chance of survival. It was written by Will Reiser, the person the film is inspired by, and blends a poignant commentary on mortality with some raunchy humor and a touching love story. Co-starring Seth Rogen (who also produced the film), Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston and Bryce Dallas Howard, it’s one of the best films of the year and you’ll get a chance to see it coming out September 30.
But right now, you can see a little more with the second trailer.
Besides the comedy angle, this trailer gives a better sense of the role Anna Kendrick plays in the movie and, having seen the film, if you thought she was good in Up In The Air, you haven’t seen anything yet. She’s just so sweet and and kind in this movie, but also incredibly smart while being slightly naive. It’s a wonderful performance in a film of great performances.
Still, as much as I adore the film – and think you will too – it’s going to be a very long, uphill battle for Summit to attract the kind of audience the film deserves to warrant it any kind of real awards run. It’ll be an interesting subplot to watch as September 30 rolls around.
So what do you think? Are you going to be able to laugh at a movie about a man dying?