This film is based on a radio play titled Goodby written by British comic performer Morwenna Banks. Jess came from America in 1986 to live in the UK. She met Milly right away on the first day of elementary school and they became good friends. They have shared a lot, first kisses, secrets, clothing and dating stories. Jess is a town planner and she lives with her boyfriend Jago on a houseboat. It is floating on a London canal. Milly has a big job and lives in a townhouse with her husband Kit and their son and daughter. Jess doesn’t say anything about it to Milly but she has been trying to have a baby. Milly finds out she has cancer but she’s going to get chemotherapy.
I thought this film had a lot of potential, Barrymore and Collette are great together. It doesn’t break any new ground and falls into clichés and stereotypes. This is probably a trend but I wonder about the constant bright red lipstick for Barrymore and the white hair for Bisset? 3* (This movie is OK)
112 min., Comedy directed by Catherine Hardwicke with Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Tyson Ritter, Jacqueline Bisset, Mem Ferda.
Note: Imdb 6.7 out of 10, 69% critic 70% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 4.2* out of 5* with 225 reviews.
Special Note: Hardwicke also directed Thirteen and Twilight.