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Now Is Good (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 19 September 2012 (UK)
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A teenage girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she would like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.

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Ol Parker

Writers:

Jenny Downham (based on the book "Before I Die" by), Ol Parker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Fanning ... Tessa Scott
Jeremy Irvine ... Adam
Paddy Considine ... Father
Olivia Williams ... Mother
Kaya Scodelario ... Zoey
Edgar Canham Edgar Canham ... Cal
Joe Cole ... Scott
Julia Ford ... Sally
Julian Wadham ... Dr. Ryan
Josef Altin ... Jake
Rakie Ayola ... Phillippa
Tom Kane ... Paul
Franz Drameh ... Tommy
Simon Wilson ... Suit
Susan Brown ... Shirley
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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 best friend, Zoey, she sets the list into motion. And while her parents and brother each deals with their fear of losing her in their own way, Tessa explores a whole new world, determined to live every day as intensely as possible. Falling in love with her new neighbor, Adam, wasn't on the list, but this proves to be the most exhilarating experience of them all.

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Live every moment, love every minute

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving illness, sexuality, and drugs, and for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Jeremy Irvine was offered the lead role of 'Peeta Mellark' in The Hunger Games (2012), but he turned down the role to do this film instead. See more »

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In the indoor skydiving scene the last shot is mirrored: the gap in Tessa's teeth is suddenly on her right side and the texts on her helmet and suit are reversed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tessa Scott: Moments. This is one. This right here, right now, is definitely a moment.
Zoey: Tessa?
Tessa Scott: Anything could happen next.
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Just Like Christmas
Written by Sparhawk and Micheletti
Performed by Low
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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British cinema at its best.
23 September 2012 | by sarahxxlouSee all my reviews

In my opinion, this movie deserves 10 out of 10. Some reviews say that Dakota Fanning's portrayal of a terminally ill teenager with cancer wasn't 'convincing' however, I beg to differ. The personality Dakota derived for 'Tessa' is just perfect. She's angry and sarcastic, rude to her loved ones and doesn't let any one in. Her take on playing this role was just fantastic. You believe she's ill because of how she acts, not because of how many times they remind you she's dying, how many days she has left, her short hair and her pale appearance; those aspects just add to the character. This movie is being compared to 'A walk to remember' which, I can see the resemblance to of course; but this film isn't just about a bucket list or romance or just about cancer; it's about how it can make the individual person suffering really feel. I can't really explain in words why I thought it was so good. I just know that I was in tears at the end and I'm not usually one for crying at movies. I think it was seeing that hard shelled character Tessa eventually breakdown at the end after seeing her hold it in for so long. The realisation that she was dying is something that I felt the audience connect to. When the nurse explained what it would feel like to die over the course of the next few days to Fanning's character 'Tessa', you could hear a pin drop. It was perfect, realistic and Dakota was phenomenal. I also am proud that this film was a British production. After hearing Dakota's British accent in the trailer, I was a little worried that it would be hard to bare whilst watching the film, however, it was well spoken on her part and I thought she did an excellent job. I really did like this film. The casting was fantastic and so was the characterisation and family dynamic. It was great to see a typical teenagers response to leukaemia. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Please go and see it whilst it's in cinemas. I'm definitely buying this on DVD. (:


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