Weepie more hit than miss

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food -

NEVER judge a can­cer weepie by its trailer.

Miss You Al­ready looks like another can­cer movie of the week with best briends bor­ever Milly (Toni Col­lette) and Jess (Drew Bar­ry­more) go­ing on a road trip, burst­ing into laugh­ter while deal­ing with a po­ten­tially fa­tal dis­ease. It is ac­tu­ally a good thing that the trailer doesn’t give away all the good bits and nu­ance that oc­curs be­tween these cliche mo­ments.

Milly and Jess have been through thick and thin but life in their 30s is go­ing to get even tougher.

Af­ter wife, mother of two and PR worka­holic Milly dis­cov­ers she has breast can­cer and needs to un­dergo chemo­ther­apy, Jess dis­cov­ers, af­ter years of try­ing, that she is fi­nally preg­nant.

What sets this movie aside from other tear­jerk­ers is the de­tail it goes into about the treat­ment for can­cer. Nee­dle-phobes be warned. Milly goes through phys­i­cal and emo­tional tur­moil and di­rec­tor Cather­ine Hard­wicke does not shy away from how rough it gets.

Col­lette cap­tures the heartache per­fectly as her char­ac­ter must come to terms with her own self-con­fi­dence de­clin­ing as her phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance wanes and ul­ti­mately must be al­tered as part of her treat­ment.

There are of course the pre­dictable el­e­ments (the road trip, strains on re­la­tion­ships, fights and make-ups) but the film is grounded by two great per­for­mances by ac­tors who gen­uinely ap­pear to have been mates since child­hood.

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