Kate and her husband Evan have a lot of friends, they are happy couple and they have a nice life. Kate is a classical pianist and she has just received a diagnosis of ALS. Within about 18 months, she needs someone to come to her house to help her with everyday tasks. The woman she has hired makes her feel like a victim and she doesn’t like that feeling. She interviews Bec but Evan doesn’t think she’s right for the job. Kate thinks Bec will listen to her when she talks and not make her feel bad about what little she can do for herself. They get off to a rocky start but then they have a wonderful and honest relationship. Kate and Evan’s marriage hits a rocky patch and Kate really relies on Bec for everything. When ALS starts in increase in Kate’s life, she wants Bec to decide what will happen to her and not her family.
Both Swank and Rossum give very good performances in their roles. It’s very difficult not to have a tear or two during the last quarter of the movie. You want Kate to get better but ALS doesn’t work that way in most cases. You want her to try every new treatment out there to extend her time here. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
102 min, Drama directed by George C. Wolfe with Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Stephanie Beatriz, Jason Ritter, Julian McMahon, Ali Larter, Andrea Savage, Gerald Downey, Mike Doyle, Loretta Devine.
Note: Imdb 7.4 out of 10, 44% critic 70% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.4* out of 5* with 216 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.