Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette are having more fun than you will.
MISS YOU ALREADY (Catherine Hardwicke). 112 minutes. Opens Friday (November 6). See listings. Rating: NN
Fans of Catherine Hardwicke’s groundbreaking Thirteen will be disappointed by this cheesy, pandering weepie about two lifelong friends living in England.
American-born transplant Jess (Drew Barrymore) and native Londoner Milly (Toni Collette) have shared lots of experiences – except motherhood. When Milly is diagnosed with breast cancer, Jess is supportive. But Milly’s inability to cope with the changes, especially her husband’s (Dominic Cooper) lack of sexual interest, puts her in a self-destructive tailspin, and Jess feels she has to hide the fact that she’s finally become pregnant.
There are some intriguing ideas about cancer and self-esteem, and Collette is superb in the showier role. But the dialogue is atrocious – at times it sounds like a PSA. And the women’s friendship just isn’t convincing, perhaps because we’re made to accept it through an opening montage rather than scenes that show us why they click.