Has anyone else noticed what a strong year it’s shaping up to be for comedy? 50/50 continues this trend with the original and unafraid tackling of a touchy subject, injecting and balancing humor with emotional drama. The film does not try to make the battle with cancer funny, rather, it takes a group of characters who are naturally funny, and puts them in a normally depressing situation. The humor feels organic and unforced, while maintaining enough edge to amuse adults without becoming offensive. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives perhaps his best performance to date, perfectly transforming his character from sarcastic yet generally happy, to sarcastic and generally bitter (not to mention a few great scenes towards the end that showcase his dramatic potential). The supporting cast serves their parts perfectly as well. Seth Rogen is once again the witty stoner, Bryce Dallas Howard takes another unlikeable role as the not-so-great girlfriend, Anna Kendrick reminds us of the mousy eagerness that she first showed us in Up in the Air, and Anjelica Huston kills it in the hilarious role as the doting mother.
Best In Show: Joseph Gordon-Levitt