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By Megan Bianco
The bittersweet mix of her new memoir Wildflower and the tear-jerker Miss You Already marks a breakthrough transition for Drew Barrymore, from actress/producer to entrepreneur/family woman. And it’s no surprise her new film is a women-penned ode to friendship, seeing how much Drew values her friends after overcoming so many personal battles.
After Jess (Barrymore) moves to London when she’s 8 years old, she quickly befriends wild child Milly (Toni Collette) and the two develop a lifelong friendship. Over the years, Jess settles down into normalcy with her career and husband, while Milly continues to party and be sporadic despite having an office job and a family at home. By the time they reach 40, Jess finally fulfills her longtime wish to be pregnant, while Milly receives a blow with news that she has breast cancer.
Miss You Already was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, whose eclectic career spans from the indie hits Thirteen (2003) and Lords of Dogtown (2005) to the guilty pleasures Twilight (2008) and Red Riding Hood (2011). Like most of her movies, even if they’re not perfect, you can tell Hardwicke cares about the characters and story she’s filming. Collette delivers the serious, cancer moments effortlessly and confidently, while clearly having fun with the party scenes. Barrymore, is mostly the straight man here with many scenes where Jess is supporting Milly, and she does it well. Miss You Already doesn’t really have witty characters or dialogue, but it’s good enough to watch with your girl friends at home.