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Now Is Good

Now Is Good (12A)

Reviewed By Kate Maitland-Gleed

Rating: 5 Stars
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It takes a lot to make me cry, but ladies and gentlemen, get out your tissues because ‘Now Is Good’ is a definite tear jerker. Dakota Fanning (Tessa) and Jeremy Irvine (Adam), make this film one to watch; with comedy, romance, drama and sadness, ‘Now Is Good’ should be the next film on your ‘to-see-list’!

Tessa Scott is a terminally ill teenager, suffering from leukaemia, and after making the unbelievably huge decision to stop her treatment, Tessa compiles a list of things to do before she dies. This includes fame, fortune and quite a few things that are against the law – most of these she will do with her best friend Zoey (played by Kaya Scodelario). SImageo, without even giving a thought for how her poor father (played by Paddy Considine) feels, the rebellious Tessa commences her mission to complete her list. Getting in some bad situations, the young girl needs something to keep her out of trouble… Or someone.

Low and behold, against her father’s will, Tessa meets a strapping young man, who is actually her next door neighbour, Adam. When the times get tougher and with her mother (played by Olivia Williams) not there to support her, slowly but surely, the two friends learn that there is something more to their relationship than they originally thought. Stood by Tessa’s side and helping her fulfil her list, Adam is suddenly knocked back when Tessa’s father feels that the young lad is blocking his daughter from life. Is he right? Will the two young adults be together? You will have to watch the film to find out!

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I still can’t think about this film without getting a lump in my throat, but I would recommend that children under the age of 13 don’t watch this unless they have a good understanding of the older world – as ‘Now Is Good’ contains references to drugs, alcohol and that of a sexual nature. But, this is definitly a film to watch. Little tip to the ladies; don’t wear make-up to this film unless it is 100% waterproof! Make sure that this is the next film you go and see at the cinema!

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