A soon to be released romantic melodrama of a doomed romance which still manages to be uplifting & soul stirring (& based on a true story by the by!). Starring Jessica Rothe (from the Happy Death Day films) & Harry Shum (from Glee) as a couple that meet cute during college (he works as a software writer but wants to be a chef which she sees right away & pushes him towards that goal) & soon move in together w/a healthy bevy of friends who support them. The wrinkle in the universe comes about in the form of cancer which is caught early (Shum gets a piece of his liver removed) but no sooner does the story progress, his cancer soon becomes the fatal kind spurring the couple & their orbit of friends to come together to plan & execute a wedding before the inevitable happens. Never bringing up the fact they're a mixed race couple is hopefully refreshing (they are a couple that just exists) is a major plus for a film that is entertaining (cue the musical montages) but on such auto-pilot it could be on rails w/a bevy of colorful supporting players like Molly Hagen (from Some Kind of Wonderful) as Rothe's mother, Jay Pharaoh (from SNL) as one Shum's friends, Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2 & 3) as one Rothe's friends, Ever Carradine (Robert's daughter) as Shum's boss at an eatery, Keala Settle (from The Greatest Showman) as a coffee shop employee & Mario Cantone (from Sex & the City) as a wedding organizer. Kudos to both Rothe & Shum for elevating the material & especially Rothe for acting outside her comfort bubble (coupled w/the Valley Girl remake from earlier this year) to show she has the acting chops to back up her good looks.
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