Cancer tale gets the right treatment: Wonderful '50/50' avoids cliches and delivers effortlessly affecting story - Press of Atlantic City: Movies

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Cancer tale gets the right treatment: Wonderful '50/50' avoids cliches and delivers effortlessly affecting story

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Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:01 am

It could have been agonizingly mawkish: the story of a young man with everything ahead of him who learns he has a rare form of spinal cancer, one that he only has a 50-percent chance of surviving. The premise alone sounds like an insufferable drag, an example of eat-your-vegetables cinema, regardless of the catharsis that might result.

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