Now Is Good

{4.5/5} “One of you is this cancer obsessive and the other one can’t face showing up at the hospital. Which is fine, I get it. But neither of you are what I need. You’re just wasting my time.”

Tessa is 17 years old and dying of leukemia. She’s understandably angry, and the people around her aren’t always helpful. She makes a list of things to do before she dies — she wants to break the law, ski down a mountain, be famous, do drugs, date, and have sex. She has fun with her old friend Zoey and her new friend Adam, who lives next door.

Now Is Good was released in 2012.

The performances are very real. The trajectory of the story is profoundly sad but there are moments of levity.

It reminded me a bit of The Big C — both Tessa and Cathy stop chemo because it’s making them feel worse.

Dakota Fanning (Push) plays Tessa, and is mesmerizing as always.

Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) plays Adam and Kaya Scodelario (Moon) plays Zoey. Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer) plays Tessa’s mom and Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum) plays Tessa’s dad.

The movie was directed by Ol Parker (Imagine Me & You).

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