RELEASE DATE: 08/10/2015
RUN TIME: 1HR 52MIN
In London live two inseparable best friends, Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Toni Collette). Jess was the new kid, fresh off the plane from America when Milly took her under her wing. Growing up side by side, the pair couldn’t have turned out more different. Jess is a quiet, down-to-earth kind who dreams of a family. Milly is the wild child who got pregnant by accident to a rock star and ended up turning the situation into the perfectly quirky little family. When Milly is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jess struggles with taking care of her BFF while also hiding her pending baby from the one person she needs the most.
As much as I and many others hate the term "chick flick", it’s hard to think of a film that better defines this category. Not only does the film feature two strong female best friends, but their male counterparts don’t exactly come off as great. Not to say they’re an affront to their gender, they’re just left a little high and dry.
It’s a beautiful look at a friendship of two women, so ingrained in each other’s lives they haven’t realised that on the outside they’ve actually outgrown each other, but their history and love for one another keep them together. While the pair fight the challenges of this illness, it’s hard to take sides when you know in real life, both sides of the story are valid, real and heartbreaking.
As much as I and many others hate the term "chick flick", it’s hard to think of a film that better defines this category.
As much as Barrymore and Collette try to make this as unsentimental as possible, the script penned by actress Morweena Banks is so laden with predictable "tissue moments" that come thick and fast, and the disease takes centre stage over the friendship one too many times. It’s sadly no 'Beaches', but you still walk out wanting to squeeze or call your best friend (if she’s not already by your side) - and for some, that’s enough.