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|Original title:||Miss you already|
|Production country:||Großbritannien 2015|
|Running time:||Approx. 112 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Since childhood, Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Toni Collette) have been best friends. They just share everything and go through thick and thin together. But then their friendship is put to the test when career woman Milly learns she has breast cancer. Of course, her husband Kit (Dominic Cooper) and their children stand by Milly during these difficult times. Still, she needs one thing above all else right now: Jess! With her positive, down-to-earth nature and unwavering sense of humor, she is now Milly's rock. But Jess and her boyfriend Jago (Paddy Considine) also have lives of their own as they try to fulfill their dream of having a child together. Being a self-sacrificing friend while trying to fulfill her dream of having a little family of her own is sometimes just too much, even for Jess. And that has serious consequences for what should be an unshakeable friendship between the two girlfriends.
With In Heaven You Wear High Shoes, director Catherine Hardwicke is clearly moving away from the Twilight world, which gave her her biggest commercial success to date in 2008, and in which she also moved with the weak Little Red Riding Hood variant. Now she presents a relatively adult chick flick whose trailer suggested a collection of awful clichés and unspeakable kitsch. But thankfully, that impression doesn't do the drama justice. Because Im Himmel trägt man hoher Schuhe is clearly better than this short preview or the stupid German title would lead you to fear. The fact that the story works well for long stretches is not only due to the good chemistry between Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, who both deliver performances well suited to their role types. The acting of the two Golden Globe winners offers no real surprises, but works really well in its own way.
What is surprising, however, is the way Hardwicke portrays the two men alongside her main characters. Kit and Iago are very interesting and multi-layered characters who are given enough room to fully develop in some really wonderful little scenes. So, thankfully, these supporting characters don't degenerate into the stereotypes so readily attempted in films of this genre. Surely, Hardwicke could have done more here without pushing the two women into the background. But even if the full potential was not used from the good dynamic between the characters, it still contributes even in the reduced form significantly to the fact that this film works despite many clichés and in places even seems really authentic.
The progression of the story up to the inevitable hanky panky ending is, of course, extremely predictable. Anyone who doesn't know how it's going to end by the opening credits has probably never seen a movie of this genre before. Moreover, the ending is laid on pretty thick to make sure no one leaves the cinema with dry eyes. It's highly manipulative and extremely cheesy. And yet it works really well for the target audience. Catherine Hardwicke has directed a really nice chick flick that best friends can go into together to laugh and cry - and maybe even recognize each other here and there. This is no great art cinema, no work for eternity. But for a nice evening among friends it is enough and for that there is also a deserved: Worth seeing
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