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Miss You Already (2015)

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The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.

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Morwenna Banks
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Jess
Shola Adewusi ... Midwife
Toni Collette ... Milly
Grace Schneider ... Jess (10 yrs)
Lucinda Raikes Lucinda Raikes ... Teacher
Eleanor Stagg ... Milly (10 yrs)
Emily Trappen ... Jess (13 yrs)
Lucy Morton ... Milly (13 yrs)
Jacqueline Bisset ... Miranda
Lukas Rolfe Lukas Rolfe ... Little Lord
Charlotte Hope ... Teenage Jess
Sophie Holland ... Teenage Milly
Fjokra Fjokra ... Lead Singer
Max Rinehart Max Rinehart ... Teenage Kit
Dominic Cooper ... Kit
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Milly and Jess have been best friends forever. They've shared everything since they were kids - secrets, clothes, laughs, substances, boyfriends... now they are trying to be grown-ups. Milly has a high-flying job and lives in a beautiful townhouse with husband Kit and their two kids. Jess is a town planner and she and her boyfriend Jago live on a bohemian houseboat on a London canal. Their friendship is as rock solid as ever. That is until Jess struggles to have a much longed-for baby and Milly finds out she has breast cancer. How do you share that? Written by Front Row Filmed Entertainment

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When life falls apart, friends keep it together

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content, sexual material and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

25 September 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Himmel trägt man hohe Schuhe See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$552,503, 8 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,162,653, 22 November 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Tyson Ritter (Ace) was so inspired by Toni Collette's performance as Milly he wrote "There's A Place," which is also featured in the movie during a scene the two share. See more »

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Jess: Lots of people are bald.
Milly: Oh, men are bald, Jess. Babies. ET. Not me.
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Connections

Featured in Projector: Miss You Already/Bill (2015) See more »

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Almost Home
Written by Moby (as Richard Hall) and Damien Jurado
Performed by Moby featuring Damien Jurado
Courtesy of Mute
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Friendship Sickness Loss
5 November 2015 | by David FergusonSee all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The theatre was filled with the sounds of sobbing. And by sobbing, I mean bawling … not the typical post-movie sniffles. While I was a little confused on just where my fellow movie watchers thought this story was headed, it's understandable that sometimes a dark theatre is simply the best place to have a good cry. Director Catherine Hardwicke and screenwriter Morwenna Banks deliver an unfettered look at friendship, sickness and loss … and a reason to bring tissues.

Tearjerker movies have quite the history of success. Some of the more popular sob fests include: Love Story, Brian's Song, Terms of Endearment, Beaches, Steel Magnolias, and The Notebook. This latest is probably most similar to Beaches in that the focus is on two lifelong female friends (polar opposites in personality) who ride the roller-coaster of life together – through good times and bad.

Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore) meet in elementary school and experience many of life's "firsts" together. We know this because the film begins with a bit of a clumsy flashback sequence that shoots us through their high school years, heavy partying, and finally picks up after they are married.

There are many mysteries of the female gender that those of us with Y chromosomes will never comprehend. One of those is the close friendship between the vain, center-of-attention type, and the always supportive enabler. Milly is the classic taker, while Jess is a giver. Milly is the high-flying socialite who dresses flashy and draws a crowd, while Jess is the dependable sidekick, always there to make sure Milly is never alone. It's confounding and a bit sad to those of us who view friendship as something much different.

Both Ms. Collette and Ms. Barrymore are strong in their performances, though Collette has the much meatier role. What's impressive about the movie is how it takes head on the horrific travails of those with breast cancer. The emotional and physical and medical aspects are all dealt with no compromise. Some of it is tough to watch, but admirable in its directness. Milly's breast cancer takes center stage, while Jess' struggle to get pregnant is low-keyed. Fitting for their personalities, but each based in real life sagas. Milly's husband Kit (Dominic Cooper), and Jess' husband Jago (Paddy Considine) both provide understandable reactions to the obstacles faced by their spouses. Add in a bleached blonde Jacqueline Bisset as Milly's eccentric mom, and the five lead actors each contribute a relatable element to the story.

Two other actors make an impression: Frances de la Tour as a wise and direct wig-maker, and Tyson Ritter (front man for The All-American Rejects) as a free-spirited bartender who may or may not be a good influence on Milly. Even though Jess is the heart of the story, it's Milly who dominates … just like their friendship. Green vs glamour.

Director Hardwicke will always hold a special place in my movie memories thanks to her sparkling 2003 debut Thirteen. She and writer Banks clearly understand women, and believe it crucial to show the courage required in the fight against breast cancer. Fortunately, their main character is funny and spirited, and pals around with someone we would all be proud to call a friend. And that's nothing to cry about.


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