Me Before You

7.41 h 50 min2016X-RayPG-13
A girl in a small town (Emilia Clarke) forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man (Sam Claflin) she's taking care of.
Thea Sharrock
Emilia ClarkeSam ClaflinJanet McTeer
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Charles DanceBrendan CoyleVanessa KirbyStephen PeacockeJenna ColemanMatthew Lewis
Karen RosenfeltAlison Owen
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Marie_23Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Movie---Spoiler Warning
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I loved this movie. At first I hated and was quite annoyed with all the quirky faces Lou would make but I got used to it and came to love her quirky personality just as much as Will did as he got to know her. It is a heartbreaking story, but it was so beautiful because it was very relatable in many ways. Yes it was hard for all of us to say goodbye to Will Traynor the charmer who could still make us all swoon with just a daring gaze and a smile. I don't know about anyone else but I sure got hot and tingly when he asked Lou not to go back to her room that night... I understand that it's not everyone's choice to end their life when they may still live out their days, but that is one's personal choice and I completely understood why he still felt it was something that needed to be done. I didn't want to say goodbye to him either, but he wanted Lou to remember him when he was still fairly healthy enough to go out and do those crazy adventures that she would take him on. He did not want to be handled like a child by the woman he loved and he didn't want to prolong the heartache that would eventually come as his condition was only getting worse. The best movies are the ones that don't lie to us and that really show us how tough the choices we make in life can be. They are also the ones that acknowledge that life will never make things easy and just give us what we want, no matter how much we want them, but that we should all enjoy and make the best of what we have while we have it. Movies like this make me thankful for many things and they also make me wonder what could I do to make a change, can I improve someones life or well being in any way, even if it's just giving a friendly "hello" or "good morning" to a stranger or buying breakfast for a homeless person. Lou made Will's choice easier because she made him happy, she made him feel normal and for that he loved her. He knew that she would be ok when he was gone because she had that quirky confidence all along, he just had to help her realize her own potential and to see how beautiful of a person she was for it and for everything she had done for him. People will come and go throughout our lives whether we want them to or not but in the end, "We are meant to lose the people we love, how else would we know how important they are to us." - Benjamin Button
I would definitely recommend this movie and say prepare yourself, because you will cry.
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TrishReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
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*Contains Spoilers*

This movie has some controversial topics involved and does not have a happily ever after type of ending - but honestly it's nice to see that it's not as cliche as a lot of other love stories you see. It is a sweet, beautiful, and sad story, and it's a situation that is more realistic than people probably realize.

Louisa is a sweet, chatty, and cheerful young woman who gets hired to be a caregiver for Will - a quadriplegic who once was a confident, outgoing, active, man who had "the perfect life", but due to an accident, was left severely disabled, and has lost most everything that meant a great deal to him, including his girlfriend, job, and independence. Louisa makes it her mission to try to make Will's life enjoyable again.

One of the reasons I like this movie is that it is not a love story that gives you the unrealistic happy ending that so other movies give you. Reality is that love does not always conquer all. I know there are some disabled people who have seen this movie and were offended by the ending. However, I have to say that I see this movie as being relatable to people - and not just to those who are disabled in a wheelchair. I don't think that there is an underlying message that life isn't worth living if you're disabled. It goes way beyond that, and not everyone's situation is the same. People may call Will's actions selfish, but would you say the same about someone who has been in agonizing pain fighting cancer and decides to stop treatments? Will is constantly on death's door, in and out of the hospital, weak immune system, is in a lot of pain, and has absolutely no chance of improving, and in fact is expected to only get worse. Who are we to say that someone should be forced to live with that kind of pain and suffering? Lou does a wonderful thing for Will, in that she gives him a reason to want to wake up every morning. But loving someone is not always enough, and I can understand the reason for Will's decision, as heartbreaking as it is.

This is a sad story, but it does give a realistic perspective. Get your box of tissues ready.
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BlessedgirlReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I wish I had read the other reviews before watching this movie. Dressing up suicide/murder in sweetness and romance does not diminish the wrongness of taking our life. It was easy to see through the agenda behind the movie but ultimately what was portrayed was a selfish man who died in self pity rather than looking to his Creator to see how he might choose a path of redemption and hope.
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DSharifehReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I laughed and cried watching it like it was the first time..
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How often can you really come across a movie that you want to watch over and over again and still manage to laugh and cry each time you watch it like it's the first time? This movie is beautiful, it's funny, it's touching, it's emotional, it's everything. I wasn't happy about the ending and I wish it saw a different closing to the story but that's the way the story was meant to be told. Emilia Clarke is an absolute delight as Louisa Clark, a small town girl with a big heart who by chance comes into a role as a friend and companion to a quadropolegic man who's outlook on life is a little grim. Clarke's on-screen chemistry with Sam Claflin (Will Traynor) is outstanding, you can't help but fall in love with them together. Claflin's performance is touching and beautiful, I loved seeing a vulnerable side to this man that may have otherwise not been experienced outside of the circumstances he found himself in. I was a fan of Clarke's before the movie and have just become a fan of Claflin's after this movie as I haven't seen him in anything else prior to this; I will certainly be watching out for him in upcoming projects. Beautifully executed movie, I imagine I'll be watching it a few more times.
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Zambu the SeerReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
When he meets Lou Clark he acts like a jerk throughout most of the movie till they ...
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The title says it all. Me Before You, and everyone else who cares about you and all the other persons with disabilities that go on to live fulfilling lives. The Will Traynor is a rich douche bag who lived a privileged life and traveled and did extreme sports till he ended up paralyzed in an accident. When he meets Lou Clark he acts like a jerk throughout most of the movie till they form a bond, and then he makes the most self centered decision of all, that there is no changing his mind about his wish to die. What makes it especially bad is that he keeps telling her how she (in her small and boring and underprivileged life) would never understand how he used to live, therefore will never understand his decision. Really? What a lesson for us all. If you aren't wealthy and healthy and had lots of adventures most of us could only dream about, maybe you're too stupid to not just do yourself in. The end didn't make me sad for the Will, it made me sad for Lou, the writer, the director, or any viewer, for accepting it.
31 people found this helpful
KayleeReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Demoralizing and terrible ending. The last 10 minutes entirely destroyed the ...
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If there was a zero it would be here. Its really unfortunate as the movie had potential to be inspiring. Demoralizing and terrible ending. The last 10 minutes entirely destroyed the movie. All of us here regret wasting life and expectation watching such a deceptive movie! TERRIBLE MESSAGE, weak numb minded and honestly this film should be banned as it tells you life is worthless and when something goes wrong, just kill yourself and screw your loved ones as they are worthless too.
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M GerrishReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
The Disabled Should Just Die?
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I sat with my granddaughter to watch what I thought would be a beautifully made, if somewhat cliche, romance. Our heroine is perky in the adorable way, and has become a perky caregiver to the tragic and handsome hero, who is bitter for much of the movie. But then they can't help but fall in love! They'll live happily ever after! The end. Smiles all around. Do we have any more popcorn?

SPOILER ALERT: At the end I was crying and furious, and grand was left with the notion that suicide is a viable option for one's problems. Thanks, filmmaker.

His situation was dramatic. His life had taken a terrible turn, to be sure, as happens to people every day. But he had so MANY blessings and opportunities to have a meaningful and, yes, JOYFUL life that the filmmakers decision to simply end him was an egregious insult to people who struggle to even breath, and succeed at that with dignity.

I believe that people should have the power over their end-of-life decisions. If I'm faced with end days in terrible pain and suffering, I might choose assisted suicide. And if someone I loved needed that kind of help, I would give it

But this? This was sickening propaganda to encourage the disabled to get out of the way so the able-bodied can enjoy "full lives" unencumbered by the "nuisance" needs of the disabled.

To the very last moment grand and I thought life and love would win out. But instead we were sickened. And I can't speak for her on this count, but when it comes to movies, it takes a lot to sicken me. This one sure did. I couldn't apologize to her enough.

The acting was fine, by the way.
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Melissa RichardsonReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I am shocked that this would receive 4.5 stars average. By the way, if you don't want to know the ending, you maybe shouldn't read on.
Sure, I get that people might think this has a great story line if they believe euthanasia is a good thing, but since when is sending the message that you're better off dead if you have a disability acceptable?
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