Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Miss You Already follows the friendship between two life-long friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), who have been inseparable since they were young girls. But as they navigate life’s highs and lows as they grow older, their relationship is put to the test when Milly is hit with life-altering news. Told that she has breast cancer, Milly needs Jess’s support more than ever. But as Jess tries to balance her own life as she starts her own family, it’s only a matter of time before the pressure on their bond takes its toll.
Miss You Already tells the story of an honest and beautiful friendship between two strong-minded characters, who are played incredibly by Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore. With these two talented actresses in the lead, and a great support from Dominic Cooper and Paddy Considine, Miss You Already is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, making you laugh when there is hope, but reducing you to tears when life hits back.
The friendship between Milly and Jess is nothing short of lovely, as the film focuses on the bond of friendship to tell an original, emotional, and realistic story, which films centred around illness can often miss out on. There are many films that focus on characters ticking off their bucket lists, revolving around them finding love and fulfilling final wishes, but Miss You Already doesn’t give you false pretences; it’s not always about living life to your fullest until you lose all strength, because that’s just not how life works.
Instead, Miss You Already shows you as much of the lows as it does the highs, and it does this by not skipping over how frightening and malicious having breast cancer (or any type of cancer) can be. There are many scenes of Milly having chemo, in theatre having surgery, and recovering at home after having a mastectomy, which, unless you know somebody that’s been through this themselves, isn’t often a side to the story we get to see. It doesn’t push the horror of this illness in your face, but it does give a truthful depiction of what it’s really like to have cancer, preventing it from being over-sentimental by blurring out what really matters, and highlighting that your own intentions don’t always come first.
Not only is the film a realistic look at coping with a critical illness, but it also focuses on how relationships can be tested during these times. It is a straining situation that often has a heartbreaking end, and relationships don’t always survive under such conditions. It’s this mentally draining and physically demanding struggle that Miss You Already focuses on. Whether things come together at the end or not, it’s the journey to that final point that can be the hardest, and that’s why Miss You Already feels so genuine.
Again, Toni Collette and (strong>Drew Barrymore really are fantastic in the leads. Their chemistry on-screen is as beautiful as their relationship is on paper, and it’s great to see them having so much fun working together and with their characters. They make this a film worth watching.
Miss You Already is set to be released on DVD on 1st February.
DVD extras include:
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
- “With Love: Making Miss You Already” Featurette
- “There’s a Place” Music Video by The All-American Rejects
- On-Set Selfies
- Filmmaker Commentary
- A Director’s Lookbook of Milly’s Party