I should probably write an entire article about how pissed off I am that the movie 50/50 got snubbed by the academy for best picture. I think it’s because a movie like Bridesmaids somehow snuck in there. I mean Bridesmaids was OK but best picture? Really? I personally think the move about 50/50 was 100% more of a PR play because the movie centers on cancer while trying to make light of the disease. The academy realized that the movie could offend some people and they simply avoided the issue.
What the academy failed to acknowledge is that the movie is extremely realistic (based on a true story) and probably hits home to cancer patients more so than any movie centered on the subject. In case you guys haven’t seen it. Again, 50/50 is inspired by a true story and is a pseudo comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Along the way he tries to find comedy in the disease, gain sympathy sex out of it, but also struggles with his identity, passions, a cheating girlfriend, and new love interest, as well as wavering relationship with his best friend.
And of course the movie gets serious. It’s a great great film with fantastic performances by Joseph Gordon Levitt and Seth Rogen. Again, shame on you academy for taking the easy route and avoiding controversy.
A trailer for the movie is after the jump….
I highly recommend this movie.