Lina Lamont

"What do you think I am, dumb or something?"

You’re Not You

This review first appeared in the Sunday Star-Times, 30th November 2014

Hilary Swank, a two-time Oscar winner for playing victims of horrific circumstance, plays 35 year old Kate whose perfect life is shattered when she develops a swiftly debilitating degenerative disease.

When she takes on the unpredictable (or rather, predictably “unreliable”) Bec as her carer (a surprisingly good Emmy Rossum), the women must overcome their yin and yang personalities in order to bond. It helps that everyone else in Kate’s life is a creep, although to be fair the women’s platonic chemistry does develop into something remarkably touching once the opening 20 minutes of histrionics and eye-rolling cliché subside.

As easy as it is to be cynical about illness dramas, there’s no denying the tragedy which is inherent in Kate’s situation – destined to die young, she hardly has the time to write, let alone act out, her bucket list. If you persevere with You’re Not You past its set-up, you may be reaching for the tissues with a softened heart despite yourself.

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