Now Is Good (2012)
Average Rating: 5.2/10
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Tessa is seventeen and passionate about life. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, she determines to use every moment, compiling a catalogue of what a normal teenager would experience, including losing her virginity and taking drugs. With the help of her friend Zoey, she sets the list in motion. While her family deals with fear and grief, each in their own way, Tessa explores a whole new world. Falling in love with Adam, her new neighbour, wasn't on the list, but it proves to be the most
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Hellbent on inspiring a rush of wind-beneath-my-wings, life-affirming feeling.
[Spikes] the Nicholas Sparks-style teen Love Story plot with refreshing flashes of sex, drugs and Ellie Goulding songs.
Surprisingly harsh when it comes to the dented appeal of its lead character, the movie is a predictable drag, attempting to cozy up to its young adult literary origins in a decidedly tuneless fashion.
There's nothing like a terminal illness for firing up a sappy romantic drama.
This latest directorial outing by Ol Parker has a veneer of cancer but it's the wish-fulfilment teenage romance at its heart that is most likely to appeal to its target audience.
The problem isn't so much that Now Is Good will reduce its teenage target audience to public sniveling, but that it does so by pushing the most obvious and most sentimental buttons repeatedly, relentlessly and somewhat extravagantly.
Fanning gives a truly impressive and memorable performance in this ... which will give Parker another dark horse in the running.
Preteen girls will find this soppy romance unbearably romantic, but everyone else will struggle to sit through it
Is Now Is Good a great film? Almost certainly not. But its effectiveness is frightening. Bring whole sheaves of tissues.
Why is [Dakota Fanning] living onscreen the way that so few female protagonists get to live? Because she's dying. *sigh*
I'm sorry to say, that despite Dakota Fanning's powerful dying performance, Now Is Good - is not a good movie. Unfortunately, it looks like a 90's daytime soap and pulls at the heart strings like Michael Bolton's mullet.
Presses the obvious buttons so hard that you feel totally manipulated.
Is this for you? Well, if you want to bawl your eyes out in a cinema, even though part of your brain feels it's being forced to do so, then yes.
As the two-dimensional Perfect Boyfriend, Irvine chases any sense of reality from the screen.
This teen cancer drama never really rises above being a collection of cliches, despite some decent performances.
It's subtly acted by both Fanning and Irvine, who seem to realize that the only way to work with material this potentially melodramatic is to underplay.
If you're in the mood to wallow in a good weepy, this could be the film for you.
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