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Friday, January 20, 2012

50/50: Why an 8/10 rating on IMDB means less than an Academy Award

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The characters
A neat looking guy, his psycho looking girlfriend, his dopey looking friend, a very old race-dog. A cute young doctor, two random slut-ish chicks, the neat guy's parents.

The 'plot'
Guy lives an ordinary life, he's got deadlines, a girlfriend who's into art, stuff like that. Then one day he finds out he has cancer. His girlfriend promptly proceeds to cheat on him, but he meets a cute psych-doctor girl, who's fresh out of doctor school at 24. Meanwhile his dad is a bit senile, his mom is too controlling, his best friend is a bit insensitive, and he just shaved his head, got high for the first time and now he's in a hospital bed, dieing or something. Having jogged through the completely unremarkable first three quarters of this monstrosity let's just skip to:

The last 15 minutes of this movie
It's the day of his surgery, his mom looks stereotypically worried, and his best friend is talking about something with psych-doctor girl. There have been unforeseen complications. They had to remove part of his hip, etc etc, but he's gonna live. His mom is now hugging his best friend. They're talking about going on vacation. Later cute-psych doctor enters his recovery room as he's still kinda doped on the morphine, she'd been working late, so she thought she might stop by. He's saying he's gonna make her pancakes or something, and she thinks that's really nice.

Gentle music starts to play and she sits by his bedside, and he says 'I'm peeing right now.' and then cut off to a close-up of his huge scar several months later. His hair has grown back on, sort of. His friend is re-bandaging the wound and they're talking about a date with cute-doctor-chick who rings the doorbell and she's there and she looks pretty and she's brought pizza, which is about as good as any relationship can get.

They're talking about random stuff and he looks a bit shaken up, and rock-ish music starts playing and they're looking at each other and then fade to black! Oh, and it's based on a true story.


  1. Looking forward to watching this one.

  2. Havent seen it yet, might check into it!

  3. This plot seems to have been done before many times. Thanks for the info.

  4. I don't even know what this is. haha

  5. my brain has a hard time accepting seth rogen in a semi-serious role

  6. I`ve watched it already. I must say, it was pretty good. I liked that they gave it a happy ending.

  7. Never seen it before, but this seems interesting.


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