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Me Before You

A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralyzed man she's taking care of.
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Dove Review

“Me Before You” is a dramatic romance, based on the book by Jojo Moyes, and it is checkered with many humorous moments. The two leads, Sam Claflin as Will Traynor and Emilia Clarke as Louisa Clark, shine. They are very talented and share terrific chemistry. The plot involves Louisa losing her job as a waitress at a restaurant. Her father has been out of work for some time, and the family greatly depends on Louisa’s income to help them survive. She applies for a job caring for the recently paralyzed Will, and Will’s mother, who hires her, sees spontaneity, a bubbling personality and kindness in Louisa that she hopes will help Will, who has turned into a bitter recluse.

Although she struggles for awhile to get through to him, Will can’t resist her charm, kindness and honesty. When glass is broken near Will and his wheel chair, she tells him, “I have no idea what I’d do if you popped a tire!” Louisa soon has him leaving the house for the first time in a long while, to do such things as attend a horse race, a concert, and even her birthday party. The scene in which she bites off a tag at the neck of his suit at the concert is hilarious. They begin to fall in love, but Louisa learns of a plan that Will has regarding his future, or rather to end his future, and they face a crisis in their relationship that will be difficult to get past.

Regrettably, despite the good cast and themes of love, devotion, and the love of life, strong language and sexual situations and comments prevent us from awarding the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

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A scene in which a motorcycle is about to hit a man in the pouring rain.


Kissing; unmarried man and woman in bed together; another unmarried couple shown in bed; sexual comments and innuendos.


J-5; O/G/OMG-4; Dear God-1; P.O.-1; H-1; Bloody H-1; Bloody-3; A-2; D-1; S-2; B*tching-1; Idiot Girl-1


A scene in which a motorcycle is about to hit a man in the pouring rain.


The drinking of alcohol in several scenes, including wine at meals; a woman gets tipsy at a wedding reception; a comment about enjoying the pub; a man has many prescriptions.


Shirtless men in a few scenes; man's upper body in shower; cleavage in a few scenes; men and women in swimwear; a couple in bed together, and the man is shirtless.


Betting on horses; the subject of physician-assisted suicide; death and grief; tension and disagreement between characters; a man's ex-girlfriend comes to see him and tell him she is going to marry his ex-best friend; a woman holds her breasts under her clothes while running and says she is wearing the wrong bra; a flatulence joke; scars on a man's wrist from attempting suicide.

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