Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Written by: Morwenna Banks
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine
Despite the passion of its leads, Miss You Already is disappointingly formulaic. The establishing whistlestop tour of their friendship is derivative, and the too-good-to-be-true lives are predictably countered as each character is doled out a stock Issue-with-a-capital-I.
The cast don’t manage to elevate the material; Barrymore can’t stop grinning at inappropriate moments, and Cooper’s strutting pretty boy is merely a mellower rehash of his Tamara Drewe character.
Banks’ screenplay makes some attempt at considering how a mastectomy might affect a woman’s self-identity, though this potentially fresh perspective is ultimately sacrificed to the hackneyed plot.
The narrative milestones of Milly’s cancer – including head-shaving and chemo-induced puking – are well worn in cinema, yet it’s the stale and predictable trajectory of this fictional friendship which really offends.