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50/50 | 2011 | R | - 6.4.10

The story of a 27-year old man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) that was diagnosed with cancer and his struggle to accept his circumstances with the help of his friend (Seth Rogen), his overprotective mother (Anjelica Huston) and his therapist (Anna Kendrick). Also with Phillip Baker Hall and Bryce Dallas Howard. Directed by Jonathan Levine. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see a woman and a man having sex with the woman thrusting on top of the man; we hear her panting, her bare back and the shadowed profile of her bare breast are visible along with the man's bare chest, and she makes a remark about the man not enjoying the sex act and she rolls off him.
 On multiple occasions we see men and women kissing, including a man wrapping his arms around a woman's waist and kissing her passionately, as a second man watches and takes a photograph. A man and woman hug, the woman begins kissing the man, he tells her to stop kissing him and pushes her away. Two men and an older man watch as a man and a woman kiss three times.
 A man's bare chest, torso and a small portion of his upper pubic area are visible when he showers. A woman wears a low-cut, cleavage-exposing top. A shirtless man wearing boxer-style underwear sits on a sofa next to a woman wrapped in a blanket and the man visibly mouths to another man that he had sex with the woman.
 A man tells another man that he had seen the man's girlfriend kissing another man, and he shows him a photograph of a man and the woman in an embrace; the man asks the woman if she is cheating on him, and the woman confirms that she is. A man jokingly tells two women that they can do more than rub a man's head, after they ask to touch the man's shaved head. A man asks another man if he is sexually active, and he then mentions various sexual positions and activities, including crudely describing oral sex; the other man tells him he is not sexually active with his girlfriend. On multiple occasions a man tells another man that he needs to become sexually active, including telling him that he could have had sex with a woman they ran into on the street, telling him that he and a woman are going to have sex, and telling him that they are going to have sex with two women. A man jokes that another man is not receiving oral sex from his girlfriend. A man tells another man that he and his girlfriend are not having sex because it would be painful for the woman due to a yeast infection. On two occasions a man jokingly tells another man that he would perform oral sex on him. A man jokingly tells another man that he would have sex with him. A man mumbles to himself that he has not received oral sex in months. A woman shouts at a man, saying that another man exploited the man's cancer to "get chicks." A doctor tells a man that his fertility may be affected as a side effect of medication. A man jokes with another man, saying the man smells like he had sex with the entire cast of a female television show. A man makes a crude joke about two dogs smelling one another's genitals. A man asks another man what he uses a hair trimmer for (implying pubic hair), and the man later tells him it is to trim the hair on his buttocks. An older woman asks her adult son if a woman is pregnant; the man dismisses her question.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We see a large, healing wound on a man's back, and another man acts disgusted, saying he is going to be sick from looking at the wound; the man applies salve to the wound and jokingly pushes the healing wound together to make it appear to be talking as the man makes disgusted noises.
 An unconscious man is loaded onto a hospital gurney and then implied to be in surgery; we see a doctor manipulating tools above the man's back but no blood or gore is visible.
 Blood is seen being drawn into a Vacutaner attached to a man's IV. We see IVs and tubes hooked up to men receiving medical treatment in several scenes, including a man sitting on a hospital bed with a PICC line and IV in his chest. A woman injects a fluid into an IV opening.
 A man looks at another man strapped to a hospital gurney, and he then sees a body bag on a gurney being wheeled through a hospital. A man is seen lying on an MRI table. A very sick looking woman walks past a man and she coughs roughly.
 A man screams and attempts to shove and hit a man, and the man shouts angrily at the other man who gets out of the man's arm reach. A man screams and beats the steering wheel of a car.
 A man drives a car recklessly, reversing into a bike rack and squealing away. Two cars honk and swerve to avoid a car driving the wrong way on a one-way street, as the passenger in the car shouts at the driver.
 A doctor tells a man, his mother and father, that the man must have an invasive and dangerous surgery to remove a tumor since the chemotherapy the man had been receiving was not working to keep the tumor from growing. A doctor, speaking into a recorder while a man listens, says that a man had a urinalysis and blood test, which revealed nothing, but an MRI had revealed a large cancerous tumor. A man reads an article on the Internet that states that a cancer's survival rate varies from 50% to 10% after the tumor metastasizes. A man informs another man that he is administering anesthesia to a patient's IV, the patient asks if he will be "out" during his surgery and if he will be able to wake up afterwards, and the man dismisses his questions. We see MRI images on two occasions and we see a man's spine and a large tumor, which a doctor refers to as an "arachnid looking thing." A man tells a woman that a man's healing wound had been "seeping earlier" and that the dirty bandages were left out.
 An older man tells a man that their mutual friend had died. A man tells another man that a celebrity had died from cancer and the other man seems disturbed. A man tells a woman that he has cancer and the woman seems upset. A man tells his mother that he has cancer and we later hear her crying loudly. A man tells a young woman that a fellow cancer patient had died and another cancer patient is probably going to die; he then tells the young woman that he believes he is going to die. A man tells a young woman that she is also going to die eventually. A man tells a young woman that if his cancer surgery does not go well he is going to die. A young woman tells a man that his body is in "survival mode" and in shock, which is why he is unaffected by his cancer diagnosis. A woman half-jokingly tells a man that a dog will have to go to a kennel where he will be "bullied and raped until he is euthanized." A man tells another man that he has cancer and his survival rate is 50/50; the other man says that is reassuring and lists celebrities that have had cancer and survived, joking that Lance Armstrong "just keeps getting it." During a phone conversation, a man tells a young woman that he is having a nervous breakdown and possibly "broke his larynx" from shouting. A man tells a young woman that driving is the fifth leading cause of death, which is lower than cancer. A man half-jokingly tells a young woman that her touching his arm feels like "being slapped by a sea otter" and "creepy."
 A man throws up for an extended time in a toilet as a woman listens; we hear the sound of vomiting and retching, as well as the sound of the vomit hitting the water in the toilet (no vomit is seen). A man, while recovering from anesthesia, tells a young woman that he is "peeing right now"; we do not see urinating and it is implied that he is urinating through a catheter. A man bites his fingernails and another man tells him that that it is "so gross." A man has a sick look on his face, he says he feels like he is "gonna throw up," another man reassures him he is not going to throw up, and the man calms down and does not vomit. A young woman tells a man to let her know if he feels nauseous. A man makes a sick face and acts as though he is going to vomit after drinking a healthy smoothie; the man does not vomit.
 We see a group of people attending a graveside service. Two men watch a television show where a shark attacks and eats a seal; no blood is visible. A man watches a news program explaining that a volcano had erupted: we see lava flowing from the volcano and the news ticker says that people had been evacuated.
 Two men throw eggs, knives, flames from an aerosol can and an axe at a painting. A woman is startled when a man opens a door behind her.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 56 F-words and its derivatives, 13 sexual references, 26 scatological terms, 17 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (Michael Stipe, weird looking bald headed, sounds like a robot, weird, irrational loon, filthy dirty Jesus, filthy bearded hippy, needy, Voldemort, reprehensible, lunatic, pathetic, selfish, crazy person), 17 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see four men smoking marijuana cigarettes, two men smoke marijuana from a water pipe, a man smokes a marijuana cigarette, three men eat cookies that are made with marijuana, a man offers medical marijuana to two women and another man (we do not see them smoking), a woman asks a man if he is smoking marijuana and he tells her it is medicinal, another man jokes that he was prescribed marijuana for night blindness, a man acts very intoxicated after being given anesthesia, a man says, "I'm so high" to another man in front of his mother and father after waking up from a surgery, and a man tells a young woman that he "likes morphine." Men and women are seen drinking alcohol at a party, a woman drinks a glass of wine at dinner, we see men and women with alcoholic drinks at a bar, and a man drinks beer to the point of drunkenness and when another man tells him he is too intoxicated to drive we see him stumble twice as he attempts to walk. A man and woman are seen in the background smoking cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dealing with a terminal illness, stress, abandonment, fidelity in a relationship, the strength of friendship, disappointment, depression, denial, overprotective parents, Alzheimer's disease, support.

MESSAGE - A strong support system is important when battling a serious disease.

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