Dying Young (1991)

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In Joel Schumacher's Dying Young, Julia Roberts plays Hillary O'Neil, a carefree young middle-class woman who falls in love with wealthy leukemia victim Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott). Many of the scenes take place during Victor's chemotherapy sessions, so you can guess that this isn't a barrel of laughs. When originally previewed, the film carried the tragic ending found in its source, a novel by Marti Leimbach. None of the test audiences cared for that, so, for the umpteenth time, a Julia Roberts vehicle was shipped to general audiences with a totally revised denouement. Campbell Scott's real mother, the late Colleen Dewhurst, plays his "reel" mother in Dying Young.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Drama , Romance
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Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast

Julia Roberts
as Hilary O'Neil
Campbell Scott
as Victor Geddes
Colleen Dewhurst
as Estelle Whittier
David Selby
as Richard Geddes
Ellen Burstyn
as Mrs. O'Neil
George Martin
as Malachi
A.J. Johnson
as Shauna
Daniel Beer
as Danny
Michael Halton
as Gordon's Friend
Larry Nash
as Assistant
Alex Trebek
as Host of `Jeopardy'
Fran Lucci
as Annabel
Richard Friedenberg
as Jeopardy Contestant
Duncan Henderson
as Jeopardy Contestant
Bettina Rose
as Jeopardy Contestant
John M. Rosenberg
as Bandleader
Patrick Cage
as Shauna's Boyfriend
Howard Morris
as Voice on Jetsons
Tim Bohn
as Guest
Holly del Rosso
as Child in Hospital
Trevor Fant
as Child in Hospital
Kevin O'Connor
as Child in Hospital
Lauren Oymainan
as Child in Hospital
Erin Vallely
as Child in Hospital
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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (16)

Where most contemporary directors would be looking for ways to demonstrate their superiority to the material -- dropping in campy asides or meaningless technical flourishes -- Schumacher is looking for ways to make it work.

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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Yes, it is good to see how much of a difference actors can make with flimsy material, but wouldn't it be nice if they had something with more than the emotional weight of a Twinkie to work on?

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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The onslaught-of-illness stuff is rendered not with emotion but with makeup and lighting. The actors are reduced to models in a film that tries to sell compassion by the shot.

July 1, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

These people are like an adolescent's idea of adulthood. They're junior high schoolers without zits, emotionally arrested and unaware of it.

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
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Will someone please, please, write a part for Julia Roberts and not be happy just to look at her?

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Worst of all, Dying Young is a love story about two people who don't seem to be in love with each other.

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Dying Young

She gave him something nobody else could. A reason to live.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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Nothing groundbreaking but good.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

½

Sappy. It's so sappy that it's like the sap that drips onto your car and removes the paint.

Summer W.
Summer W.

Super Reviewer

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