If you’re prepared to ugly cry while surrounded by strangers at a movie theater and then spiral into senseless Hypochondria for the next week, Miss You Already is calling to you. Seriously, what are you waiting for? Stuff an entire box worth of tissues into your purse, grab your best gal pal, buy a large popcorn with extra butter and settle in for an emotional ride.
Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore play lifelong best friends in their late thirties. Jess (Barrymore) is the more down-to-earth of the two, struggling to have a baby with her husband. Milly (Collette) has it all in a Liz Lemon sort of way- the hot husband, the cute kids, the perfect job. When Milly gets diagnosed with breast cancer, her world begins to fall apart and she relies on Jess to fit it neatly back together.
Full disclosure: I love female friendships and I love movies celebrating female friendships, so my opinion might be a little biased. I thought Miss You Already did a fantastic job celebrating everything that a best friend is and everything that a best friend isn’t, all of friendship’s leaps and bounds and shortcomings. You’ll feel like you’re hanging out with your own best friend while you watch, poking fun at each other and having a loud out of tune singalong to R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.”
The cinematography is beautiful, featuring a nostalgic feel with ample flashbacks, and both actresses are lovely and talented. There’s absolutely nothing to complain about- oh, except for the fact that you’ll feel like you had your heart brutally ripped out of your chest, but that’s a minor detail.
One more thing: remember your high school crush on Tyson Ritter, the lead singer of The All-American Rejects? No? Was that just me? Well, he’s in the movie and time has been exceptionally kind to him.
If tearjerkers are your thing, this movie is right up your alley. If you don’t want to embarrass yourself in public by sniffling loudly during quiet scenes, you might want to give this movie a hard pass or wait to Redbox it when you need a good cry. Either way, check out the trailer below and then go, go, go!