Miss You Already

1 h 52 min2015X-RayPG-13
Friends since childhood Jess and Milly can't remember a time they didn't share everything - secrets, clothes, even boyfriends, their differences are the glue that binds them together.
Catherine Hardwicke
Drew BarrymoreToni ColletteDominic Cooper
English [CC]
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Ginny PowellReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The way of suffering
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Awesome movie. It tore my guts out as I had just lost my daughter to leukemia a year ago.
What a tragic disease.
But, having someone who walks with you through it ALL is such a "GIFT". It changes us all. And, never to be forgotten. They live on in us. We live life with more intention!
Chemotherapy is such a devastating treatment to endure. We go in with so much hope that going through the treatment will end the nightmare; only to find out it didn't work.

Since I saw so many over the course of eight months not make it; I found no comfort in being there and watching so many life's going through the treatment and yet only to learn it wasn't enough to put it in arrest.

The movie is explicit, accurate and so true. What a great and true depiction of the raw reality of it.

I found comfort and felt hugged in my own grief.
We can't imagine nor even begin to understand, but this movie paints it truly and includes the horrors of all those having to walk through this kind of ordeal. Children, spouses, parents, friends and medical staff.

Many lessons to be learned in the art of dying and comforting one another. We all get a chance to grow up a bit. And then....We continue on and they are no longer suffering.....Just those left behind.
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annieReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This was a wonderful movie...I just ugly cried my heart out...I lost a best friend, and there is no replacing them....sometimes life decides we need a guardian angel...this was a funny, touching and gut wrenching story of 2 very different girls who together were perfect..If you are looking for a comedy this is not it....but if you are looking for a sweet movie about love and friendship...this one nails it!!!
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Predictable but touching!
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Miss You Already is a 2015 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Morwenna Banks, based on Banks' 2013 radio drama Goodbye. The film stars Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Tyson Ritter, Frances de la Tour, and Jacqueline Bisset.

Before starting this movie I would recommend consciously putting a friend of yours in mind. I'm not talking about just any friend, but I'm talking about the one that seems so little like you in comparison and knows how to push all I love your little buttons.
For me that is a person named Mary (she goes by Katie, but I’m the only person that calls her by her “real” name). I met her approximately 12 years ago, and due to the nature of this film I predict I will be incorporating little pieces of her into this review even if done so unconsciously.

The casting of Colette and Barrymore as these characters that are polar opposites is remarkably on point. Colette is the master of harnessing a silent wrath; the frustration amongst and within her is palpable through the use of facial expressions that speak for themselves. Alternatively, Barrymore shines as her typical giddy self and naturally sprinkles optimism throughout scenes where this charm could easily be perceived as contrived or emotionally manipulating. Underneath this idealistic attitude, however, is a simmering test-tube of anger that makes itself known in easily-stomached proportions.

My largest criticism (if I can count this as one) is the pace and the manner in which certain points of conflict are integrated in this particular story; they are reminiscent of the way the ball in question moves during a high-stakes match of tennis. There is an expected amount of intensity garnished to each character's separate struggles (cancer and infertility) but they very rarely - if at all - overlap and instead “take turns” being the center of attention. Moreover, It's implied (accidentally, I think) that Milly doesn’t know as much about how Jess’ struggles despite the fact this would be expected. The result of this is that ‘Miss You Already’ easily feels like it’s 20 or 30 minutes longer than is truly warranted, but. . . . . .

. . . .in hindsight, this makes perfect sense when the overarching context of these separate obstacles are taken into consideration. Cancer (Milly’s primary struggle) isn't just a debilitating condition: it often becomes imposed as a very public one. It is next to impossible to “keep under wraps” and is easily accepted as carrying more weight given the mortality rates associated with it. Furthermore, Banks has stated that the screenwriting of this film was inspired by her real life experiences and is reflected in the sensitivity used to deliver this powerful (but fragile) message to audience members that have similar stories to tell related to this subject matter. It only follows that between the laughter and smiles that clichés aren’t used to chug this train of treachery along, and that’s a brand of humble pie I don’t mind helping myself to a slice of.

In reference to what I said earlier I can tell you from personal experience that the interactions Milly(Colette) and Jess(Barrymore) have with one another are realistic as they come. To put it very shortly I would say that Mary is the Milly of our relationship. She gives me some of the worst advice and sometimes makes even worse decisions; She's a snowglobe of chaos and maddening construction. These may not seem like compliments, But there are so many parts in ‘Miss You Already’ that I could relate to on a personal level. Those moments they would make a snide remark and flip each other off? I felt that. When Jess exclaims: “𝑾𝒉𝒚 𝒅𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒌 𝒎𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒕?”? I really felt that

It is far too easy to be patronizing of these films and write them off as fishing with Oscar bait, but it’s important to recognize ‘Miss You Already’ as not just being a story about cancer and the people it robs from us long before we are ready to say goodbye. . . .
I’ve thought quite often about how I would describe Mary during a eulogy (I’m sorry, is that admission a bit on the grim side?). I know it’s normal to use complimentary phrases about friends and loved ones, but I imagine quite often what the reaction would be if my honesty were to slip out. . .
Sure. Mary is all things an unconditional avenue of support should be: Kind, funny, and sometimes a little overzealous.
But me? I’ve seen all of those ugly sides of her that might make others run for the hills. The impulsivity. The impatience. The ferocity. The momentarily crude. I could go on and on. . .
And the thing is? Mary is the farthest from being a perfect individual. I’ve never once thought that I love her “in spite” of her flaws, but in many ways I love her because of these flaws.
‘Miss You Already’ understands the pathological nature of relationships like the one I have with Mary. More than that, it embraces the parts of friendships that are often woven with split hairs and tightly closed fists. It goes the extra mile in being a story about acceptance - and more importantly, the difference this can make when one is having trouble accepting their own worst enemy: themselves. The poignant ruptures of vulnerability aren’t just an appreciated reminder to cherish the moments we have left with our loved ones: it’s an absolutely essential one.

I still have time left with Mary, and my heart aches for those that can’t say the same.
So for now I will gladly accept the bombardment of strange messages that require extra content. The slue of selfies that one of us will inevitably look terrible in. The snot-nosed tears. The obnoxious laughing. All of the opportunities I have to visit her at home and have her 3 year old son excitedly greet me by saying:
“Are you here to see me Miss Christina?”

Sure I am, kid.
Sure I am.
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RichReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie, but could be a little better
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Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Toni Collette) are life long friends that do everything together. One always has to be the first at everything, but then tragedy strikes one of them and all of a sudden their lives are reversed. I thought this movie was going to be a lot better like 50/50 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. I wish I could've gave this movie more stars, but the one who's having a hard time really gets on my nerves because she goes bananas and doesn't handle her situation very well at all and does a lot of stupid stuff. I think this would've been better if they made this movie a hair shorter cutting out the stupid stuff she does and make her a strong person instead while fighting her battle. I would recommend this if you like a good drama, but it's probably only worth renting because it's not really something you will want to watch more than once.
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JwBReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Pleasant (and tear jerking) Surprise
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Surprisingly good movie. I had saved this on my list to watch but then always kept bypassing it, thinking, "It's a Drew Barrymore movie; it's probably not that good". I was pleased to be proved wrong when I finally gave in and watched it one night. The movie has both excellent acting and a plot line with enough depth to keep you interested and take it out of the realm of "chick flick", but enough lightness to keep it from being too serious and leaving you in a mental funk.
Ms. Barrymore and Ms. Collette are total naturals together and as you watch this, you truly feel you're watching the story of two women who have known each other for years. The dialogue is the type of thing you can imagine yourself saying to your own best friend or husband. All in all *she puts on her best Roger Ebert voice*, I'd give this one two thumbs up. Perfect to watch late night when alone or with your significant other. I can see men enjoying this just as much as women. Some scenes are a bit intense, either sexually (though NOTHING graphic in this movie) or due to the situations, so I'd leave this one to the adults and maybe mid teens.
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vandellaReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
I didn't want to like this movie since I knew going in someone was ...
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I didn't want to like this movie since I knew going in someone was going to die from cancer and it was designed to be a tear jerker, basically an updated Beaches. However, I think the film treated the subject of cancer pretty authentically as far as the emotional and physical suffering that the cancer patient goes through and they allowed her to be vain and selfish which seemed realistic and honest. One criticism is that everyone in the movie was a little too beautiful to be real and some of the scenes had a music video quality to them, essentially putting an "Instagram filter" on cancer. If any of you have lived through watching a loved one die from cancer, you know it's just ugly and unless you are mega-rich, your hospice looks nothing like the one in the movie. At any rate, this movie was cathartic and gave me a good excuse to grieve my own loss.
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Mary EveReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Drew Does Drama
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A really great movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. Drew is not her usual funny self but her performance is that of a regular, everyday woman trying to maintain a BFF relationship with a sick friend and a very adult relationship with a love interest. Barrymore and Collette are wonderful in their respective roles but I didn't feel there was major BFF chemistry between them. More like sisters. Heartfelt, emotional, ups and downs. Drew does drama well. Haven't been many movies that I've really liked lately. This movie gets high marks for entertainment. Watch with your BFF or sister. Share a few grown-up laughs and tears.
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Becca LReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I just went through this experience with my best friend of 58 years. My daughter recommended it to me to watch. The years flowed endlessly.
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