Kate is a classical pianist just diagnosed with ALS. Bec is a brash college student and would-be rock singer who can barely keep her wildly chaotic affairs, romantic and otherwise, together. Yet, when Bec takes a job assisting Kate, just as Kate's marriage to Evan hits the skids, both women come to rely on what becomes an unconventional, sometimes confrontational and fiercely honest bond. As meticulous, willful Kate begins to rub off on whirlwind, spontaneous Bec - and vice versa - both women find themselves facing down regrets, exploring new territory and expanding their ideas of who they want to be.Written by
This is the second film that stars Emmy Rossum and Frances Fisher. They both previously worked together in "The Audrey Hepburn Story" (2000), where they both played mother and daughter. In this film, Fisher and Hilary Swank also play mother and daughter. See more »
When they are in the pool, Marilyn asks Kate if she has a spinal cord injury. ALS is a disease of motor neurons, not due to a spinal cord injury. People with ALS (PALS) continue to feel all sensation, unlike someone with a spinal cord injury. See more »
Maybe some day you'll stop punishing me for liking you as much as I do.
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Oscar Bait from Hilary Swank who clearly wishes to add to the two Best Actress Oscars she already has. She plays Kate a classical pianist diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. ALS. She takes on Bec (Emmy Rossum) as a carer who lacks experience as a carer, an unreliable college student who spends too much time in bars and has awful timekeeping.
Bec and Kate have a fractious relationship but they also rely on each other especially when Kate throws out her husband (Josh Duhamel) when she discovers that he had a brief affair but it is really because she does not want her illness to hold him back.
The film is well acted with Duhamel playing the rather snooty but dutiful husband who has made a lapse in judgment. Swank gives a tour de force but it is really Rossum the film should focus on and with her traumas. Her drinking, unreliability, inability to hold relationships and nervousness to perform music in public. I expected the film would have a thread where Kate the classical pianist would encourage Bec's musical abilities.
Instead the film takes on other strands and too many of them so we have later on various parents coming on to the scene and the film gets lost.
The film lacked a stronger story and instead goes for movie of the week sentimentality and mawkishness.
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