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Living Life (2004)

PG | | Drama | 17 October 2004 (USA)
A teenage boy battling cancer discovers a way to change the lives of the ones he meets.

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Credited cast:
Dick Arnold ...
William Miller
Denea Banning ...
Martie
Patrick Chu ...
Kyle
Benjamin P. Garman ...
Jason Miller
Brynne Garman ...
Kailey Miller
Mara Hansen ...
Kate
Kevin Huber ...
Peter Miller
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Sam
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Jason Miller was a normal seventeen-year-old boy. He had a beautiful girlfriend, a great best friend and his whole life in front of him. At least he thought so! After weeks of experiencing stomach pain he develops serious symptoms. His parents take him to the doctor where he is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. His life is turned upside down. Jason is faced with many questions. "What do you do if you only have months to live?", "Who do I tell?", "Have I made a difference?". Jason is re-introduced to his grandfather, William, who he hasn't seen in eight years. William wants to get to know his grandson Jason and make things right with Jason's dad, Peter, who despises William, his father, and hates the idea of Jason being with him. William uses magic to connect with his grandson Jason and begins to teach him some of his old tricks. Together they get the idea to perform magic for the young children at Jason's hospital. With the power of magic, love and family, one boy's struggle ... Written by Anonymous

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With the power of magic, love and family, one boy's struggle, defines a generation.

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements
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$750,000 (estimated)
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Living Life, a sensitive film about a serious subject
10 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My applauds to a young and very talented director. "Living Life" will touch your heart and bring tears to your eyes but also leave you with a warm feeling at the end. It's brilliant cinematography, moving score and well designed locations only add to the story and help create the right mood. In dealing with such a serious subject as cancer it's possible to create a feeling of depression and hopelessness but such is not the case here. As we follow seventeen year-old Jason through his dealing with this disease we feel his pain and confusion and relate to the decisions he makes, both good and bad in relating to his family and friends. We see how he uses the short time he feels he has left to make a difference in the lives of those around him. Like any work of art there is always room to improve on it, but Mr. Harris had done an outstanding job in the handling of this subject and has created a very sensitive and heartwarming film which will leave you wanting to make a difference in the world with your own life.

I had the privilege of seeing the first version of this film at Ballard High School last year and now the final version at the Metro this week. The film has been re-edited, shortened (to 88 minutes), and completely re-scored and is a very enjoyable experience. Keep an eye out for the name, "Jesse Harris". He will be up there with the great directors of our time in the not too distant future.


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