Miss You Already: Bringing Back the Friendships

If there is any genre of films that sell the most then it would have to be romantic comedies or rom-com’s as they are commonly called. Most teenagers and youngsters flock to the cinemas for such films and they generate a lot of earnings for the producers.

While this year, we had the erotic romance, Fifty Shades of Grey and the super funny, Trainwreck for which Amy Schumer won a lot of accolades, last year had The Fault in our Stars. The film moved people to tears and was a big hit at the box-office. A close second to this genre would be horror. Even films that provide cheap thrills manage rake in the ‘monies’ and film-makers do not mind missing out on business from the younger crowds.

This is the main reason why movies on same gender friendships are not being made. While in Bollywood, Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was the last memorable film on friendship, Hollywood gave us films like Bride Wars. But these are far and few and not many upcoming movies are on friendships.

Luckily two new English films are based on this theme. In October, we had Julianne Moore and Ellen Page fight the laws for equal rights in Freeheld and now Miss You Already is all set to release. The latter stars Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette in pivotal roles.

They play best friends in the film and hide nothing from each other. Both of them have been inseparable since childhood, but life takes a bad turn when one is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. While one of them is battling a deadly sickness, the other is expecting a baby after many years. The rest of the story is about how the two of them struggle to put their lives and friendship back on track.

Jennifer Aniston was initially supposed to be a part of this film, but things didn’t materialise. From the trailer, it looks like a heart-warming story and both the actresses look in fine form. Initial reviews of the movie have been good too and it won a lot of praises after it’s screening at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Sadly, Freeheld on the other side was criticised by most but Julianne is said to have given another brilliant performance after Still Alice. With regards to Miss You Already, we are yet to see the audience’s reaction as a lot of critically acclaimed films bomb at the box-office. The Steve Jobs film being the most recent example.


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