A college professor lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.


Wayne Roberts


Wayne Roberts
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Richard
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Veronica
Odessa Young ... Olivia
Danny Huston ... Peter
Zoey Deutch ... Claire
Devon Terrell ... Danny
Ron Livingston ... Henry
Linda Emond ... Barbara
Matreya Scarrwener ... Rose
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Donna
Paloma Kwiatkowski ... Unnamed Student
Kaitlyn Bernard ... Taylor
Michael Kopsa ... Doctor
Dion Riley Dion Riley ... Male Student #1
Justine Warrington ... Waitress


After learning about his terminal diagnosis, a college professor decides to live his life to the fullest by drinking, smoking and expressing real thoughts for the people around him. While going through the stages, he come to terms with the great truth of his life as he mends broken relationships, embraces the people in his life and learns to ignite his inner good spirit. Written by Santhosh

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Goodbye rules. Goodbye inhibitions. Hello life. See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


When Richard leaves the chancellor's office and stumbles outside, he hears the campus bells ringing. This is a symbolic reference of a line from a John Donne work regarding humanity and death: "...for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." Later in the film, a copy of Ernest Hemingway novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" can be seen on a bookshelf in Richard's office. He then tells Peter that he wants to see the campus bells. See more »


Right at the end, when Richard is driving the car, he stays straight without moving an inch; contrarily, his dog Jibbles is shaking like he's in an earthquake. See more »


Peter: Why are you wearing sunglasses?
Richard: I have cancer. I'm supposed to wear sunglasses in unusual places.
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Crazy Credits

There is a dedication to Betty Sue Depp, Johnny's mother, at the very end. See more »


Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Worst Movies of 2019 (So Far) (2019) See more »


School Is Over
Written by Cynthia Ellison (BMI)
Performed by The Bell Sisters
Courtesy of d2 Music
Published by Low Tide Music (BMI) and Lowlights Publishing (BMI)
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Not patronising.
19 January 2020 | by astonbillaSee all my reviews

As a lucky cancer survivor I found the sentiment beautiful. In fact articulate. This film hit so many nerves. It reawakened the feelings that I ah during treatment and made me realise that I have since taken my life for granted.

Obviously I will not be able to act in the same manner as the lead but Christ I wish I could.

Judge it. Criticise it. Hate it. But know this, this movie conveys a feeling and a mindset that is very real. Sadly many will feel this at a later date. For those of us who have been there and walk on, watch, cry, laugh, enjoy and let your heart warm.

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Release Date:

17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Richard Says Goodbye See more »


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