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Irreplaceable You (2018)

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A couple who have known each other since 8 are destined to be together until death do them apart.

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Stephanie Laing

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Bess Wohl
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Abbie
Michiel Huisman ... Sam
Steve Coogan ... Mitch
Timothy Simons ... Dominic
Jacki Weaver ... Estelle
Kate McKinnon ... Glass Half Full Kate
Christopher Walken ... Myron
Zach Cherry ... Jim
Jessie Ennis ... Melanie
Glenn Fleshler ... Mean Phil
Zabryna Guevara ... Dr. Michaelson
Brian Tyree Henry ... Benji
Rick Holmes Rick Holmes ... Dr. Kessler
Alanna Masterson ... Sally
Gayle Rankin ... Mira
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A couple who have known each other since 8 are destined to be together until death do them apart.

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Don't focus on what if. Focus on what is.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

16 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'unica See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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This was the second Netflix movie released in February 2018 starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The first was The Cloverfield Paradox (2018). See more »

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At 12:01, MRI images don't have colors. See more »

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Myron: You're the only one who gets to make bad decisions 'coz you're dying?
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Featured in The Month in Movies: February 2018 (2018) See more »

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Written by Gabriella Joelle Cowan
Performed by Gabriella Cohen
Courtesy of Dirty Power Studios/Remote Controle Records
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It's a Tear-jerker that Jerks No Tears
9 April 2018 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

Irreplaceable You features an endearing story, fairly likable leads and tremendous supporting actors. So why doesn't it work? At all.

First, it's painfully dull and flat. Nothing about the movie feels authentic or developed. Abbie (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is diagnosed with cancer and is not expected to live long. But she never actually looks sick. She keeps her luscious hair, aside from a single lost lock in a scene that is supposed to be emotionally devastating but is instead eyeroll worthy because it's not deserved.

The scenes that are meant to evoke emotional responses never work because they simply happen. There's no build up to pull viewers in and engage them. The moments are slapped on like a bumper sticker and contain the same amount of depth. The result is a tear-jerker movie that causes no tears.

The other main issue is with the premise. I'm not sure that any writer could make this one work. Abbie uses dating apps to find a new girl for her fiancé to be with after she dies. It's uncomfortable, unfunny and unbelievable. So, of course, it never builds any momentum and is eventually abandoned in the third act. But by then the movie is nearly over and the plotline most in focus is doomed to fail.

The lone bright spots come from supporting performances of Kate McKinnon (SNL), Timothy Simons (Veep) and Christopher Walken (pick a movie). Steve Coogan is also around but is underused. Just another example of the filmmakers focusing on the wrong aspects of the story. With some better choices of plot and character use, this movie might have been halfway decent.

But the choices were the wrong ones, and consequently, this movie is a very poor one.


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