This weekend, Seth Rogen stars in '50/50,' a quasi-comedy about a friend with cancer. Two years ago, Seth Rogen starred in 'Funny People,' a quasi-comedy about a friend with cancer. As a result, there is actually a genre of film now called "Seth Rogen's friend has cancer." So, is the Adam Sandler vehicle at all like Rogen's latest film, co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt? And if so, which "Seth Rogen's friend has cancer" film is better? Now that Moviefone has seen both films, let's compare the similarities and differences of '50/50' and 'Funny People.'
'50/50': Seth Rogen plays Kyle, coworker and fried to nice-guy Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

'Funny People': Seth Rogen plays Ira, employee and friend to the kind-of-a-dick George Simmons (Adam Sandler).

Advantage: '50/50'

'50/50': Involves a less-complicated love triangle involving Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard.

'Funny People': Involves a complicated love triangle between Sandler, Leslie Mann and Eric Bana.

Advantage: '50/50'

'50/50': For employment, the main characters work at an NPR type radio station.

'Funny People': For employment, the main characters work on 'Yo Teach!'

Advantage: 'Funny People'

'50/50': Seth Rogen plays a likable stoner.

'Funny People': Seth Rogen plays a likable stoner.

Advantage: Even

'50/50': A reference is made to the 'Total Recall' character Kuato.

'Funny People': A reference is made to the 'Die Hard' character Karl Vreski.

Advantage: '50/50'

'50/50': Adam's cancer does not at all mysteriously disappear, leading to some very human and raw moments.

'Funny People': George's cancer just mysteriously disappears about a third of the way into the film.

Advantage: '50/50'

'50/50': Adam uses his still-existing cancer to get laid, once.

'Funny People': George uses his cancer to manipulate the feelings of his now married ex-girlfriend, even though he's been cured.

Advantage: '50/50'

'50/50': Former 'Max Headroom' star Matt Fewer has a small part.

'Funny People': Sarah Silverman, Paul Reiser, Ray Romano and Eminem all have small parts.

Advantage: '50/50'

'50/50': At the two-hour mark, the movie ended 20 minutes ago.

'Funny People': At the two-hour mark, you're wondering how much longer the movie can possibly last.

Advantage: '50/50'

'50/50': Is a very good movie.

'Funny People': Is not a very good movie.

Advantage: '50/50'

Winner: '50/50'

(Runner Up: 'Yo Teach!')

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R 2011
Based on 42 critics

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