Review by Andy Lea

THERE’S nothing like a terminal illness for firing up a sappy romantic drama.

Which is probably what attracted the writers of Love And Other Drugs, The Last Song and A Little Bit Of Heaven to this increasingly popular genre.

Thankfully, this latest entrant is a little less cloying than most.

Much of that is down to a gritty turn from former child star Dakota Fanning.

The Twilight actress puts in a believable, funny and moving turn as a 17-year-old Brighton belle who is desperate to get through her “bucket list” before she succumbs to leukaemia.

With “break the law”, “take drugs” and “have sex” featuring prominently, it’s no wonder Tessa hides it from her concerned dad (the always excellent Paddy Considine).

Luckily, she doesn’t need to look too far to find the right accomplice for the last one.

A sensitive, hunky and mildly rebellious 18-year-old biker (Jeremy Irvine) has only gone and moved in next door.

Their romance blossoms almost immediately and finds expression in such syrupy classics as motorbike rides on the beach, romantic clifftop strolls and the giddy making of snow angels.

At one point, we even see a group of horses run by in slow motion.

It’s all a bit cheesy but it still takes a harder heart than mine not to be taken in by it all.

Thankfully, Ol Parker, who also wrote the screenplay for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, punctures the schmaltz with enough sharp lines to keep it from becoming overpowering.

3 out of 5 stars

Source: Daily Star


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