It’s been a while since Drew Barrymore has really delivered much of anything outside of 2014’s Blended with Adam Sandler. Her latest, Miss You Already has her teaming up with Toni Collette a Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, but does the film offer anything to make it stand the test of time like their friendship or will it be one you won’t miss at all?
Miss You Already follows Milly and Jess who have been best friends forever. They’ve shared everything since they were kids – secrets, clothes, laughs, substances, boyfriends… now they are trying to be grown-ups. Milly has a high-flying job and lives in a beautiful townhouse with husband Kit and their two kids. Jess is a town planner and she and her boyfriend Jago live on a bohemian houseboat on a London canal. Their friendship is as rock solid as ever. That is until Jess struggles to have a much longed-for baby and Milly finds out she has breast cancer. Going into this film you think it is more of a friendship comedy but it turned out to be way more emotional than you might expect. The story is initially pretty straight forward and as it progresses it does a good job of flowing the years of their friendship together to create the perfect picture of their lives. It takes the subject of lifelong friendship in a great direction as it showcases the changes that occur when adulthood takes over and the struggles to maintain the same dedication you have for each other. Where the film is initially seemingly more about both of their love lives it takes a different turn with the inclusion of cancer into the mix. This showcases a whole new set of problems for them both in their friendships and relationships that allows the viewer to relate to both sides.
Both Barrymore and Collette are obviously fully invested in the roles giving great performances all around. They have great chemistry as friends that is the most important aspect for this film to work at all. You believe these two grew up together and would do anything for each other. The rest of the cast including Dominic Cooper and Paddy Considine, who play their significant others, both bring the much needed outside perspective and balance to the story it needs to see how their own issues and dedication to each other affects those around them in different ways. Everyone brings all the emotional needs t their roles and there is a rollercoaster of them on display here.
Those that have those lifelong friendships will easily relate to this film and will likely have a more connected emotional response to it. This is one of those films that displays a story that we have seen before in some manner, but is crafted perfectly with great performances all around making it stand out on its own. Filled with laughs, heart and pain, this film will tug at your heart strings in both a good way and bad as you watch the ups and downs of this friendship. In addition to the film this release also includes special features including deleted scenes, commentary, a music video and more to take you further behind the film.