Gambler Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is feeling the pressure of another losing streak when a chance meeting with charismatic poker player Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) seems to bring about a change of fortune. The pair set out on a cross-country journey, from Iowa to Louisiana, determined to win big, but Gerry’s capacity for self-destruction threatens to derail them at every turn.
Filmmaker Rodney Ascher’s follow-up to his intriguing 2012 documentary Room 237 delves into similar psychological horror territory but, whereas that film presented an intricate interpretation of Stanley Kubrick’s take on Stephen King’s fictional tale The Shining, The Nightmare concerns itself with the real-world phenomenon of sleep paralysis.
While the title may bring to mind flippant adolescent attachments, Miss You Already is, in fact, an astute study of adult female friendships, as seen through the intense prism of terminal illness. Transplanted American Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Londoner Milly (Toni Collette) have been friends since childhood, standing firm in the face of teenage traumas, university excess, marriages and kids until Milly is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.