This weekend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen release their new cancer comedy '50/50.' Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam, a writer/producer at a public radio station in Seattle who works with his pot-enthusiast friend Kyle (Rogen). Is '50/50' a big stretch for Seth Rogen? Is '50/50' really a comedy? As a service, here is an answer to every query you could possibly have about '50/50.'
Q: So far, is '50/50' your favorite movie of the year?

A: Yes.

Q: Wait, is this the movie about rap music? The one that stars 50/50?

A: No. You're thinking of 50 Cent in 'Get Rich or Die Tryin.'

Q: Then who is 50/50?

A: There is no musical artist named 50/50. '50/50' is the story of Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and the title refers to his chances of survival.

Q: From the nine bullet wounds?

A: Again, that's 50 Cent. Adam, as far as we know, has never been shot. He's an otherwise healthy human male who discovers that he has a rare form of spinal cancer.

Q: The advertisements have led me to believe that the plot of '50/50' consists primarily of Seth Rogen using his friend's cancer as a way to meet girls.

A: Those ads are misleading. There is one scene in which this happens, but that is far from the central plot of '50/50.'

Q: Is '50/50' based on a true story?

A: Sort of. The story, written by Will Reiser, is very loosely based on his own experiences with cancer.

Q: How is Seth Rogen in '50/50'?

A: Rogen -- who is also the producer -- plays Kyle, a marijuana loving co-worker and friend to Adam. Rogen provides just the right amount of comedic interjections in what is really a pretty grim subject.

Q: What's one of the biggest differences between fact and fiction?

A: Adam's chemotherapy plays a big role in '50/50,' in reality, Will Reiser never experienced chemotherapy.

Q: And Rogen being a marijuana-loving co-worker, is that made up, too?

A: No. That aspect is very much true.

Q: What show did Rogen and Reiser both work on?

A: Rogen and Reiser were both writers for 'Da Ali G Show' when Reiser became sick.

Q: Will Reiser is obviously still alive, should I assume that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Adam survives the movie, too?

A: There are more than enough facts changed in '50/50' that no assumptions should be made about the outcome. Honestly, with 15 minutes left in the movie, I had no idea what the end result would be.

Q: What's the best scene in '50/50.'

A: Aided by marijuana-laced cookies, Adam completes his first round of chemotherapy. The following scene of Adam walking out of the cancer ward is one of the most surreal things seen on film this year.

Q: What was the most pleasant surprise in '50/50'?

A: Matt Frewer (née Max Headroom) as a fellow cancer patient, Mitch.

Q: Didn't Max Headroom have a hit music single in the 1980s?

A: Max Headroom was featured in the group Art of Noise's 1986 song, Paranoimia.

Q: How is Adam Sandler in '50/50'?

A: I think you may be confusing '50/50' for either '50 First Dates' or 'Funny People,' I'm not sure which -- but '50/50' is much better than '50 First Dates' and 'Funny People'

Q: If you're going to be blurbed in the commercials this weekend for '50/50,' what quote do you think will be used?"

A: "'50/50' is much better than '50 First Dates'!" -- Mike Ryan, Moviefone

Q: How many kind-of awkward Patrick Swayze jokes are in '50/50'?

A: One.

Q: What's the worst aspect of '50/50'?

A: Adam's father has Alzheimer's disease -- which officially makes 2011 "The Year of Fathers with Alzheimer's Disease in Movies." Though, to be fair, it does lead to a touching moment near the end of the movie.

Q: What other movies in 2011 feature fathers with Alzheimer's?

A: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Friends with Benefits.'

Q: Aren't Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard in '50/50'?

A: Yes. Howard plays Adam's not-that-great girlfriend Rachel, while Kendrick plays Katie, Adam's therapist. Katie is assigned as Adam's therapist in order to help him deal with what he's going through with his illness. Also, Adam is only Katie's third patient -- which leads to awkward moments.

Q: Does Gordon-Levitt's Adam have any similarities to Tom, his character in '(500) Days of Summer'?

A: Tom and Adam both look very much like each other and they both have an affinity for pancakes.

Q: How many references are there to Kuato from 'Total Recall' in '50/50'?

A: One.

Q: How many times have you plagiarized from yourself in this piece from the one you wrote about '50/50' on Tuesday?

A: Twice.

Q: Did I see you crying during '50/50'?

A: No, I was cutting onions.

Q: They let you cut onions during press screenings?

A: It was almost lunchtime and I thought onions would taste good on my sandwich. I realize it's annoying to the other attendees, but that's what I was doing. Also, there was something in my eye. So, yes, between the onions and having something in my eye, I could see how someone would misconstrue that I was crying.

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