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Now Is Good (2013)

Dakota Fanning , Olivia Williams  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dakota Fanning, Olivia Williams
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009W21N7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Tessa Scott (Dakota Fanning, The Twilight Saga) knows her days are numbered, so she dives headlong through every wild, crazy act of teenage rebellion that she can dream up. Her daring to-do list leads her to being arrested and creating chaos in her family but her boldness helps her find love with Adam (Jeremy Irvine). Don't miss this intoxicating tale of light in the darkest hour, based on Jenny Downham's controversial, award-winning best-seller Before I Die.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and real December 10, 2012
This is one of the most emotional movies I have seen. Despite the theme it's not cliche and it's not as heavily romantic as you would think just by looking at the trailer or the DVD cover art. It focuses rightfully so on the main character's (Tessa) emotions at dealing with her death. As she comes closer and closer to her end her emotions start to flow closer to the surface and so do yours. There are some strong scenes dealing with her illness, one that stands out the most is a scene where Tessa has a nose bleed.

The acting is magnificent. Beginning with Dakota Fanning who just keeps getting better and better (her accent was practically flawless), I can't wait to see her in more adult, powerful, and challenging roles because she likes challenges and she always exceeds them. Paddy Considine as Dad, and Olivia Williams as Mom are amazing in their roles. As Tessa puts it, "one of you is this cancer obsessive and the other one can't even face showing up at the hospital."

Highly recommendable, especially if you are a fan of Dakota. How could you not be?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `Live every moment, love every minute' January 21, 2013
Likely too many potential viewers will see this exquisite little film as just another Bucket List movie, but nothing could be further from the truth. Adapted by Director/Screenwriter Ol Parker form Jenny Downham's novel `Before I Die', the film deals with delicate issues in a mature way and allows the emotional aspect of the film's theme to soar into that realm of films that deal with death in an honest and respectful way.

Tessa Scott (Dakota Fanning in a miraculous performance with a perfect British accent!) is diagnosed with leukemia. Despite her four-year devotion to chemotherapy she has discovered that her cancer is terminal and her doctors don't give her very long to live. Tessa with the help of her best friend Zoey (Kaya Scodelario) comes up with a list of things she wants to do before she dies, including some risky behaviors that she deems necessary to have "lived". Tessa's dad (Paddy Considine) is resistant to Tessa's behavior from the start but realizes he has little influence and can only enjoy the time they have left. Best friend Zoey is excited and supportive of the outrageous bucket list until an unplanned pregnancy test comes up positive. Tessa's parents are divorced and have very different views on her desire to experience the dangerous side of life before she passes. Her mother (Olivia Williams) simply cannot deal with the diagnosis and copes by distancing herself from Tessa's activities and is more or less absentee in her role as a mother. Her father's main mechanism for coping is denial. Tessa mentions that he spends hours on the computer looking up possible treatments for her even after the doctors have told her that the cancer has consumed her body.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Realistic and Undoubtedly Emotional January 27, 2013
I've picked this up after noticing that Dakota Fanning was featuring. I've recently watched Steven Spielberg Presents Taken where she was starring over 10 years ago. Now, after seeing this emotional and tragic film, "Now is Good," her acting is just phenomenal and breath-taking.

Personally, I have not read Jenny Downham's "Before I Die" to which this film adapted from. It's basically a story about Tessa Scott (played by Fanning) whose death is imminent of leukemia and who is trying to enjoy whatever left of her precious young life as much as she possibly can. With the help of her best friend Zoey, Tessa came up with the list of things that she wanted to do before she dies. Some of the things in the list contained pretty risky actions that even her father obviously doesn't approve of. This film is also about the family issues where the little brother often speak his mind without any inhibition to his sister, the father finding himself strongly opposing to Tessa's careless behaviors, and the mother whose absent in her daughter's life reveals her struggles with the diagnosis and trying to cope by "escaping." Additionally, Tessa found Adam, a next-door neighbor, who she found love and intimacy. The film basically shows Tessa's last few months of her life, in a very real way, and finally her death.

Needless to say, this film is very emotional and quite realistically majestic. I've enjoyed watching it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak, sentimental, medically inaccurate March 26, 2014
To begin with, the movie is grossly inaccurate from the medical standpoint. Not sure how realistic the writers aimed to be. Not sure why they chose acute lymphoblastic leukemia as the terminal illness for the protagonist. Maybe because it’s a fairly common type of cancer, and most people have heard about it. They could have chosen a more deadly type of leukemia, like acute myeloid. ALL is highly curable, especially in children and teenagers. However, if you stop treatment cold turkey during a relapse, you don’t go on living for months. You’ll be dead in a week. Clearly, the writers have not done their homework. The protagonist, Tessa, is not credible and not sympathetic. A dying teenage protagonist whose idea of “embracing life” by shoplifting, getting arrested and mouthing off to her stay-at-home dad is just barf-worthy. I couldn’t figure out if the director aimed to portray a “typical teenager”, whatever that means, or a total misfit. And don’t get me started on Tessa’s boyfriend. Not only is he a total eye candy, he also has the wisdom of Aesoph and the compassion of Mother Theresa. He commits to spending a few months holding Tessa in his arms. In short, anyone whose life was touched by leukemia will find the movie fake and nauseating and sentimental in the worst way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Now Is Good" on BLU RAY - Which Version To Buy...
"...There Has To Be Some Perks To Being Terminally Ill..." - Now Is Good on 'BLU RAY'

Tessa Scott is a normal 17-year old girl living in the South of England in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Such a great movie! The dvd and package itself were delivered in one piece also. This is a movie that I will enjoy watching over and over.
Published 1 month ago by Ruby Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Emotional
This movie was fantastically done and incredibly realistic which caused it to be very emotional. I highly recommend this to everyone.
Published 2 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Now is Goood
A very sad movie about a young girl ( Hanna Dakota Fanning ) who has cancer but fights cancer for as long as possible she then dies from this cancer.
Published 2 months ago by dale l naylor
4.0 out of 5 stars So Sad
I cried a lot in this movie! It was good but don't watch it unless you want a good cry.
Published 2 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See!
Great movie. Great actors, great plot. A raw movie filled with emotional scenes, that allow you to connect to the characters.
Published 2 months ago by Kyriaki
4.0 out of 5 stars Dakota Fanning did so well
I really like Dakota Fanning, and I thought that she did a really good job. Sometimes the words were a little hard to understand, but she played the part really well.
Published 2 months ago by Marilynn May
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
The movie was good. Teared up quite a bit. The only reason I rented it was because of the "I know you care" song by Ellie G. I liked the story line. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars not many movies with Fanning are bad
knew it was a girlie movie but it was good knew she would die at the end still very sad movie played great no scratches no skips
Published 3 months ago by michael p reitzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional drama and Dakota Fanning with a British accent
This is one of those dramas with ongoing emotional drivers. We know that she is dying, she knows that she is dying, everyone knows this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rusty Sly
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