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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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  • Actors: Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Olivia Williams, Paddy Considine
  • Directors: Ol Parker
  • Producers: Pete Czernin, Graham Broadbent
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009W21N7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,972 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Gorra on December 10, 2012
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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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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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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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I watched Fault In Our Stars with my daughter and found it utterly abysmal. It failed to address death and mortality properly and the characterizations were just painful to watch with kids acting like the were 45 years old instead of seventeen.
Now Is Good is what Fault In Our Stars should have been. The script is significantly better written (not perfect) but is compensated by incredible performances and excellent direction. Yes good acting and direction can compensate for a script sometimes.
This film is hardly perfect, feeling very much paint by numbers including the 'boy next door' cliche. Seriously, the boy in her life lives next door to her. The parents are, in the beginning, divorced and in denial and understandably Tess is very angry making the rebellious teenager cliche as well. However the film is so well done and really looks at death in as honest a manner as I have ever seen, that it more than compensates for these problems.
Special praise for Dakota Fanning for she has to carry this film. This is a very tough role to get right. A actor of less talent would have taken it over the top and really over dramatized the character. Dakota manages to hit all the buttons and really flesh out the character and that is not easy in this type of film. She manages to understate everything which makes the film even more powerful to watch. We will all face death one day. This film actually addresses it in a meaningful way. My favorite line is that death is like someone that is always stalking you. How true.
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