Me Before You Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Me Before You

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Love, Will.

  • Starring:

    Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke, Stephen Peacocke, Vanessa Kirby, Matthew Lewis, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Samantha Spiro, Brendan Coyle, Jenna Coleman, Alan Breck, Muzz Khan

  • Directed by:

    Thea Sharrock

  • Running time:

    110 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are hit by a motorbike (implied), insulted, made fun of, doused with a bucket of ice (comic). Frequent references to suicide (scar on wrist) and planned/assisted suicide/euthanasia. Objects torn, smashed. Yelling, arguing. Sacrifice themselves, stealing mentioned. Blood/gore: Scar on wrist (suicide attempt implied). Patient in hospital bed with IV drips, canulas, breathing mask. Muscle atrophy, pneumonia, dysreflexia, spinal injury mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. Couples in bed together, man in shower (no nudity). Low-cut/revealing clothing, cleavage, shirtless men. A running female grabs her chest to stop her breasts bouncing. Sex, wanting sex, French gay porn, infidelity, unhappy marriages, lapdancing, multiple marriages/ex-partners, [getting] up the duff mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne, cocktails). Pub setting. Gambling (horseracing). Cupboard filled with prescription drugs.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-word, a-words, bloody, b*tch, p*ss. Religious references and exclamations (God, hell, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Love, quadriplegia/paralysis, home carers, euthanasia/assisted suicide, family, unlikely relationships, unemployment, sarcasm, superiority, birthdays, new experiences, French film, Paris, Mozart, holidays, rejection, loss, grief, class divides.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Death of loved one/adult child, job loss, relationship breakups. Divorce mentioned. Pub, racetrack, wedding, church, hospital, plane, airport settings. Lion (opening titles), dogs (background), horses. Lightning, thunder. Brief French subtitles (Des hommes et des dieux DVD). Based on the novel by Jojo Moyes.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Charming, emotional, effective, warm, funny, tear-jerking, likeable, thoughtful, glossy, satisfying, delirious, distracting, sparkly, feel-good, giddy, sweet. Winning/smart/restrained performances, good chemistry between leads, bittersweet storyline, polished production design, assured/light direction, loyal to the book.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Clichéd, formulaic, patronising, workmanlike, cutesy. Exaggerated characters, obvious music cues, Clark's character becomes a little ingratiating, tiptoes around the realities of living with quadriplegia.

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