Miss You Already

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Miss You Already
Miss You Already poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Produced by Christopher Simon
Written by Morwenna Banks
Based on Goodbye
by Morwenna Banks
Starring
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Elliot Davis
Edited by Phillip J. Bartell
Production
companies
  • New Sparta Films
  • S Films
Distributed by Entertainment One
Release date
  • 12 September 2015 (2015-09-12) (TIFF)
  • 25 September 2015 (2015-09-25) (United Kingdom)
Running time
112 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $8.16 million (World)[2]

Miss You Already is a 2015 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Morwenna Banks. The film stars Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Tyson Ritter, Frances de la Tour, and Jacqueline Bisset. It was screened in the Gala Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[3]

The film opened theatrically in the United Kingdom on 25 September 2015 and in the United States on 6 November 2015 to mixed to positive critical reviews.[4]

Plot[edit]

Milly and Jess are best friends who met in grade school and do everything together. As they grow older, Milly settles down and marries her rocker boyfriend Kit while Jess becomes an environmentalist and marries her long-time boyfriend Jago.

Milly, busy with her career and her young family, learns that she has breast cancer after a long-delayed checkup. She finds herself unable to tell Kit and, after a week, finally confides in Jess. Once she tells Kit and their children, Scarlett and Ben, Milly tasks Jess with helping her get through chemotherapy and the two women joke around as Milly receives her treatments. During this time period, Jess, who has been unable to conceive naturally, puts off IVF treatments with Jago, feeling that she cannot keep trying to have children while Milly is sick. After Jago grows exasperated, Jess finally decides to give it a shot and the couple manage to conceive a baby shortly after.

The night Jess learns that she is pregnant, Milly learns that though she has responded to the chemotherapy, she still needs a double mastectomy. She goes to a bar and gets drunk and, when Jess retrieves her, confesses that she has a big ego and does not want to appear unattractive. Jess reassures her that she will always want her in her life. Milly goes through with the double mastectomy but Jess finds herself unable to tell Milly she is pregnant as she feels as though her good news would cause Milly grief. Meanwhile, Jess learns Jago must go away to work on an oil-rig to pay for their IVF treatments.

Milly finds herself growing increasingly distant from Kit after the surgery. After he arranges a surprise birthday dinner, Milly walks out, taking Jess with her and the two go all the way to Yorkshire ostensibly to see the moors where the Brontë sisters grew up, though, in reality, Milly is chasing down a bartender, Ace, that she had sex with post-surgery. When Jess discovers the deception, she and Milly fight and she reveals her pregnancy to Milly.

For a while, Milly and Jess are estranged. During this period, Jess learns that she is having a high-risk pregnancy while Milly learns that while her breast cancer is in remission she also has fatal malignant tumours in her brain. Milly tracks down Jess and the women reconcile. She also confesses her affair to Kit and although he feels betrayed, he decides to make love to Milly knowing that her days are numbered. Milly eventually tells her children that she will die and must go into hospice care. While there, she tells Jess she is holding on for the birth of Jess' first child.

Jess goes into labour early while Jago is still on the oil rig. While Kit does not want Milly to attend the labour, her mother, Miranda, helped her sneaked out of the hospice so she is able to be there when Jess gives birth. Some days after, Milly dies at the hospice with Jess by her side.

Epilogue: A few years later, Jess is pregnant again, this time started naturally, and the two families are shown being close and having lunch together. Jess muses on how her friend was irreplaceable, but then recognizes a trait of hers in Scarlett, Milly’s daughter.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The film is based on Morwenna Banks' radio play Goodbye, which was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4.[8] The project was first announced on 11 February 2012, when Paul Andrew Williams was set to direct and co-wrote the script with Morwenna Banks, Entertainment One had the UK, Canada, and Australian rights to the film.

Casting[edit]

On 13 February 2012, It was announced that Jennifer Aniston would star in the film[9][10].

On 22 April 2014, it was announced that Catherine Hardwicke was set to direct the film, in which Rachel Weisz, who replaced Aniston and Toni Collette would star as lead actresses. The two leads would play childhood best friends whose relationship becomes troubled when one contracts breast cancer.[5] Hardwicke said about the script,

"When I met Morwenna Banks and read her script, I really felt her passion for this story — this is something she lived through. She managed to take real life and turn it into a powerful, laugh-and-cry-out-loud screenplay."[11]

But on 5 September, Drew Barrymore was added to the cast and replaced Weiszto portray her part along with Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, and Jacqueline Bisset.[6] Cooper and Considine to play husbands of Barrymore and Collette, while Bisset would play Collette's character's mother.[6] On 3 October Tyson Ritter joined the cast of the film to play the love interest of one of the lead female actresses.[7]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on 7 September 2014 in London and later shooting also took place in North York Moors, England. The hospital that features in the film is the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre.[12]

Release[edit]

Distribution[edit]

The film has recently sold to several territories, including Germany, France, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.[13]

Song[edit]

The film also features a promotional single from star Tyson Ritter's band The All-American Rejects entitled "There's a Place." The song reached number 33 of Billboard's Digital Rock Songs chart, and was met with widely positive reception from critics and fans alike.

Box office[edit]

Miss You Already opened theatrically in the United States on 6 November 2015 in 384 venues and earned $552,506 in its opening weekend. The film ended its run 17 days later on November 22, with a gross of $1,162,653.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 70% rating based on 102 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The site's consensus states: "Miss You Already isn't shy about going for filmgoers' tear ducts, but its solid script and talented cast are often powerful enough to make up for its more manipulative moments."[4] Metacritic reports a 59 out of 100 rating, based on 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15]

Home media[edit]

Miss You Already was released on region 1 DVD and Blu-ray on 1 March 2016.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MISS YOU ALREADY (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Miss You Already (2015)". The Numbers. 
  3. ^ "Sandra Bullock's 'Our Brand Is Crisis,' Robert Redford's 'Truth' to Premiere at Toronto". Variety. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Miss You Already (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (22 April 2014). "Cannes: Catherine Hardwicke To Direct Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette In 'Miss You Already'". deadline.com. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g McNary, Dave (5 September 2014). "Drew Barrymore Joins Toni Collette in Drama 'Miss You Already'". variety.com. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (3 October 2014). "Tyson Ritter Joins Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette In 'Miss You Already'". deadline.com. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  8. ^ BBC
  9. ^ https://www.indiewire.com/2012/02/jennifer-aniston-to-star-in-paul-andrew-williams-brit-listed-weepie-miss-you-already-253718/
  10. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (11 February 2012). "Jennifer Aniston Attached To London-Set Tearjerker 'Miss You Already': Berlin". deadline.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Barraclough, Leo (22 April 2014). "Catherine Hardwicke to Helm Rachel Weisz Starrer 'Miss You Already'". variety.com. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Barraclough, Leo (24 September 2014). "First Look: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette Shoot 'Miss You Already'". Variety. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (18 May 2015). "Catherine Hardwicke's 'Miss You Already' scores sales". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Miss You Already (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. 24 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Miss You Already Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "News: Miss You Already (US DVD R1 / BD RA)". DVDActive. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 

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