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Ways To Live Forever (2013)




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Like most inquisitive boys, 12-year old Sam wants to know about UFOs, horror movies, ghosts, and girls. Sam also has leukemia, and although the adults in his life don't want him to dwell on it, Sam wants to know everything about his disease and death, a possibility he might face. Together with his best friend, Felix, he embarks on a "scientific investigation" with questions, observations, evidence, reflections, and lists of all the things he wants to do someday -- like breaking a world record, flying in a blimp, kissing a girl for the first time, and experiencing what it's like to be a teenager. In this poignant yet ultimately uplifting tale, Sam and his family face the immensity of an uncertain future with love, humor, and a touch of the unexpected. (c) Official Site
PG-13 (for thematic elements)
Drama , Kids & Family
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Ben Chaplin
as Father
Emilia Fox
as Mother
Greta Scacchi
as Private Instructor
Alex Etel
as Felix
Ella Purnell
as Kayleigh
Phyllida Law
as Grandmother
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

A forthright and surprisingly buoyant drama about facing death before you have really lived.

July 18, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The result is as sugary as a fatal toothache, though it's hard to hate a film that merely wants to give the world a hug.

Full Review… | July 18, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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The overarching sentiment of Ways to Live Forever is curiosity. Does dying hurt? How does someone live forever?

Full Review… | July 16, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

... more uplifting than sentimental, even if it never exactly feels authentic.

Full Review… | July 22, 2013

Emotional tale of boy with cancer who's curious about death.

Full Review… | July 18, 2013
Common Sense Media

A wise, heartwarming, uplifting and inspiring coming-of-age film for the entire family. You'll laugh, you'll cry. It's one of the best films of year.

Full Review… | July 17, 2013
NYC Movie Guru

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We just want to live our life the best that we can, and hope that people remember us after we're gone

Mark Hara
Mark Hara

I am continuously surprised by how well some child/teen dramas are made. This film addresses the extremely difficult topic of children with incurable, terminal diseases. It asks many of the big questions about life and death and reasons through them in a simplistic, childlike sort of way that is thoroughly logical from the perspective of a 12 year old. Alex Etel is a very capable child actor. I remember him from The Water Horse and he put on a wonderful performance in this film as well. The soundtrack fits the film like a glove. The cinematography is simple for the most part but it hits highs in a few very important places. The script combined with excellent performances from the cast really pull this film together. I think that it is very difficult to write a film where there has to be a ballance between life, death, hope, despair, thoughtfulness, and discovery. SUMMARY: This was a simply made film but everything about it is very solid. It was very thought-provoking for me. This isn't a huge blockbuster but for a cheeply made drama it is very good. NOTE: Shoutout to Natalia Tena (Tonks from Harry Potter)

Vincent Wetzel
Vincent Wetzel

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