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Rated PG-13 · 112 minutes · 2015

Comedy drama
The first film to ever make me cry (not counting wildlife documentaries) was Beaches. The latest from director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight) manages a close approximation of that weepy masterpiece with Miss You Already. Though it has its flaws, there's no denying that Hardwicke's done well here, both on an emotional level (I cried!) and as a feminist. Among the things Already gets right is the prominence of humor and sexuality in the life of someone gravely ill. Another is its unwillingness to gloss over or simply imply the grittiness of a mastectomy. That Milly (Toni Collette) is flawed—vain, selfish, a "cancer bully," as Jess calls her—only makes the reality of her circumstances more interesting and credible. It's noteworthy, if not ideal, to see the guys relegated here to being vaguely attractive and amiable. Where Already goes wrong begins with the soundtrack, which comes whooshing in with douche-ad pop ballads to serve as a wry reminder that this is, after all, only a film—a film that has its cringingly hokey moments as well as its devastatingly human ones (112 min.).
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Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Producer: Christopher Simon
Cast: Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Paddy Considine, Dominic Cooper, Frances de la Tour, Jacqueline Bisset, Tyson Ritter, Honor Kneafsey, Ryan Baker and Mem Ferda


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