Miss You Already

WRITTEN BY: Morwenna Banks
DIRECTED BY: Catherine Hardwicke
STARRING: Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine
RATING: 4 stars

Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Toni Collette) have been best friends since childhood, doing just about everything together. But when Jess struggles to fall pregnant and Milly is diagnosed with breast cancer, their friendship is put to the test.

Miss You Already is a wonderful celebration of female friendship. It also explores cancer treatment and its effects on families in a unique way, including explaining the illness to children and how physical scars affect a person's sexual confidence. After viewing the trailer, you will know to bring tissues when you watch the film. Many people have described it as a modern day Beaches, and that is a fair assessment. In the capable hands of director Catherine Hardwicke, the film has the intimacy of a character-driven play, while also exploring some serious issues. Despite its tragedy, Miss You Already is also very funny with realistic humour sprinkled throughout.

Collette and Barrymore are both exceptional, and their friendship is totally believable. Collette in particular has the tough job of making Milly a relatable character given her wild side and some of her questionable life choices. Dominic Cooper is also very good as Milly's sympathetic husband, especially in some tough scenes where his character struggles to cope with aspects of her illness, while Paddy Considine provides some laughs as Jess' husband.

Miss You Already is sure to hit home for a lot of people who have had friends and family endure cancer. The film may be hard to watch at times, but it has a beautiful message about platonic love.