Now Is Good

Now Is Good

Ol Parker (2012)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Despite his terrific cast and decent production values, writer/director Ol Parker fumbles the potential of Jenny Downham's young adult novel Before I Die in this overlong, meandering mush of a movie. Dakota Fanning's cut-glass accent never slips as the American plays the glazed-over English teenager who's dying from leukemia but chooses to do so on her own terms. Paddy Considine and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) turn in solid performances as her concerned father and her fledgeling boyfriend, but their scenes are sandwiched between a seemingly endless succession of clichéd moments. This mopey soap may find an audience with young teens and fans of weepies, but everyone else may find it all a bit cringe-making.


Premiere. A 17-year-old girl is diagnosed with terminal leukaemia, and decides to make the most of the few months she has left, working her way through a list of life-changing experiences that most people have during their teenage years. Meanwhile, her parents and brother each try to cope with the impending loss in their own way. Drama, starring Dakota Fanning, Olivia Williams and Paddy Considine.

Cast & Crew

Tessa Scott Dakota Fanning
Adam Jeremy Irvine
Father Paddy Considine
Zoey Kaya Scodelario
Mother Olivia Williams
Richard Patrick Baladi
Tommy Franz Drameh
Phillippa Rakie Ayola
Scott Joe Cole
Cal Edgar Canham
Dr Ryan Julian Wadham
Director Ol Parker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Brothers Entertainment UK LtdGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 14 Sep 2012