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The Medicine Show (2001)

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A cynical young man, diagnosed with cancer, meets a brash young leukemia patient in the hospital who more than matches his distaste for IV drips and weepy sentimentality.

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A cynical young man, diagnosed with cancer, meets a brash young leukemia patient in the hospital who more than matches his distaste for IV drips and weepy sentimentality.

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
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Best Natasha Wagner film to date
14 June 2004 | by (Culver City, CA) – See all my reviews

Natasha Wagner has had her ups and downs in terms of performance in the movies, however, in this film, she shines.

She gives a surprisingly authentic performance -- warm, funny, touching, and at times sad. Jonathan Silverman is funny, lighthearted, and has a surprisingly wonderful chemistry with Wagner.

This film is a love story between two too young people who have cancer. But they aren't victims, but rather survivors.

They even manage to explore their sexuality towards each other in a very natural, believable, and sweet way. They play "meet the parents" under the most trying conditions. They also fight and make up. As all lovers do. They live life in the midst of the routines of hospital life. And possible death.

Natasha Wagner triumphs as she doesn't give into self pity, but continues to seek relationships in the face of disappointment and probable death (her scene when she finds out that she can no longer have children is the best of her career). She's different but fun, and this attracts Silverman (as well as the viewer).

Silverman learns how to crack the protective shell around his heart brought by the deaths of his parents (one by the same cancer that he is recovering from, one from the loss of her mate), with support and love of Wagner.

The supporting cast are also funny and real. This is a wonderful little independent film delight!


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