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Dying Young Reviews

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October 5, 2015
it's an okay movie. the acting was alright. the storyline was bleh!
April 1, 2015
Fine cast,but a bad bad movie.
October 6, 2014
Julia Roberts plays a young, beautiful, working-class woman who is hired to nurse a rich young man, Campbell Scott, who is dying of leukemia. Guess what? They fall in love. This trite, confused, and overly-stylized film, directed by Joel Shumacher, is nothing short of a disaster. There isn't a single genuine or convincing moment in this entire flick, which is really saying something since you'd think they would have hit upon at least one or two by accident. This is undoubtably the worst tear-jerking romance since "Love Story" stank up the screens. The only reason I rate this one film higher than that film is because Julia Roberts is better actress, and nicer on the eyes, than Ali Macgraw, and Julia, thank God, doesn't spend the entire film calling Campbell Scott 'preppy.'
February 20, 2014
This movie is not as disastrous as people say, it's a little sappy but it's totally watchable (specially when you take into account the fact that it's an early '90s movie). Julia Roberts was particularly bad in this movie.
January 16, 2014
O idiota foi fingir que ja tava curado ;p
½ January 14, 2014
Dying Young is a decent film. It is about Hilary O'Neil who is looking for a new start and a new job after she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her. Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott give good performances. The screenplay is touching but a little slow in places. Joel Schumacher did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and romance.
August 24, 2013
this movie is one of my favorites love it
June 22, 2013
Julia Roberts tem um brilho especial q traz magia aos filmes onde entra :)
May 27, 2013
Who Needs to Die With Dignity?

This is one of a handful of movies that I remember my sister seeing on a date with her first boyfriend, many years ago. They had read somewhere that you should never go on a date to see a movie where the actors are more attractive than your date, and from what I can tell, they ignored the advice. I mean, their first date was to a Val Kilmer movie, and I know they saw [i]Legends of the Fall[/i], which my sister refers to so far as I know to this day as "the movie with all the cute people in it." While Graham and I had a discussion the other day about how attractive Julia Roberts is (in relation to Matt Damon's staring at her in [i]Ocean's Eleven[/i]), it's certainly true that she was at the height of her beauty around the time this movie was made. While my sister is hardly unattractive, she also couldn't compete with early '90s-era Julia Roberts. I guess the advice isn't perfect.

Here, Roberts is Hilary O'Neil. One day, she comes home to discover that her boyfriend is two-timing her, so she walks out. She goes looking for a new job, and what she finds is Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott). He has cancer, and he's looking for someone to take care of him as he goes through chemotherapy. I'm a little unclear on why she applies for the job; his father (David Selby) doesn't want to hire her, because, you know, she's not a nurse. (Though she was a candystriper once!) However, the elder Geddes is some kind of wealthy businessman, and he's going out of town. Victor hires Hilary anyway, because what he wants is someone he can get along with. And by "get along with," we of course eventually get to "fall in love with." He tells Hilary that his course of chemo is done and he wants to get away, so they drive up to Mendocino, where they rent a house. However, what Victor isn't telling her is that he actually didn't finish his course of chemo, and he's getting sick again.

While I think Vincent D'Onofrio is a talented actor and does a fine job as Gordon, but I'm not sure what Gordon had to do with anything. Mostly, he serves to make me wonder what, exactly, Victor and Hilary had to build a relationship on. I don't think couples have to have everything in common, but I do think it helps if they have anything in common. When the three are watching [i]Jeopardy![/i] together, Hilary and Gordon get all the same ones right, and Victor treats them as if they are weirdos because they know all the television ones while he knows all the others. He gives Hilary art history lessons because he thinks they interest her, and it turns out that they don't. She is interested in health food, and when she starts working for Victor, the only thing she's able to make him is eggs, because there's nothing else in his kitchen but Twinkies and porn. (If you live alone, why would you hide your porn?) We never see anything they have in common other than sex, and I don't think that's enough to draw people into an emotional commitment.

Conversely, I would have liked to spend more time with the character of Estelle Whittier (Colleen Dewhurst in one of her last roles). I thought for a moment that Estelle was supposed to know the Geddes family, know who Victor was, and so forth. However, it seems she didn't, and so I'm going to interpret that look she gives him when they first meet as knowing more about his life than he thinks anyone does--possibly more than he knows himself. She has buried three husbands (in a maze on her property!), and she knows more about pain than most. She is uniquely placed to counsel both Hilary and Victor, and she isn't really given a chance to help either of them. She might change the course of the story, and we don't want that. There is a specific course planned, whether it makes sense or not, and even though a character seems custom-designed to change that course, she just ends up completely irrelevant to the plot.

It's not that I don't think Victor has the right to decide whether he actually wants treatment or not. I believe it is stated at some point that he's been living with his cancer for ten years at the start of the movie, and that's a long time to be in pain. However, his prognosis is still good (especially if he permanently quits smoking), and he certainly doesn't have any right to hire someone to watch him die, especially without letting her in on the fact that it's what he's doing. Especially because he doesn't want a nurse, someone who is prepared and trained for the job. After all, if he really wanted a nurse, the ad would have been for one. Someone who was a candystriper once wouldn't even bother applying, because the ad would make quite clear that she wouldn't get the job. Everyone has a right to make their own decision about death, but you don't have the right to determine how other people are going to deal with your death. Being rich doesn't make that any more true.
½ November 10, 2012
A touching and romantic film with heartfelt performances from the cast, despite a very much recycled storyline.
October 29, 2012
So touching, so good. Definitely need tissues.
½ October 18, 2012
The title really explains this film; this movie dies young. As in, it ends abruptly. The ending was so anti-climactic. What an awful ending!

Still a touching film at part. Julia Roberts made this film.
July 25, 2012
Wow, I did NOT like Julia's acting in this movie at all, horrible. The movie was ok, a bit weird, and I feel like it was just...empty. Don't know how else to put it. Wait, I know how to put it, it made ME want to die young.
July 17, 2012
This movie is Fantastic, Romanic
July 12, 2012
Overall, not a "bad" movie. A bit too heavy on the mush, melodramatic emotion, and sappy stuff. If you're in for a sad and depressing movie? This is it. Otherwise? I've seen better..
July 12, 2012
Overall, not a "bad" movie. A bit heavy on the mush, and at times, a bit too over dramatic. If you're in the mood for a sappy and sad movie? This is it. Otherwise? I've seen better.
½ June 18, 2012
This film is so sad... :(
½ June 13, 2012
Never cried so much in my life..great movie.
June 8, 2012
Sad movie but,I liked this one...
June 4, 2012
Pulls at your heart strings & makes you hold your true love a little closer.
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