Someone reminded me of this movie this morning and I felt the need to write about it because it was so ridiculous.
I had strategically avoided the movie Dying Young until recently. The only things I knew about it were that my mom had been excited to see it when it came out (she was a serious Pretty Woman fan back in the day) and that it had a Lifetime-movie-like plot. But, over a break from work, it came on the tube and, since Boy was sleeping in, I figured I would give it a shot.
For those of you who haven’t seen it before, let me just fill you in on what you’ve missed. Julia Roberts is a fun loving and spunky young lady who is looking for a job in the big city. She interviews for a position at a mansion where she meets bandana-wearing misanthrope Campbell Scott. As it turns out, the bandana is not just a fashion statement because Campbell Scott has cancer and is generally pissed off at the world. However, in almost no time, Julia Roberts’ sassy care works its magic and he seems to be on the road to recovery.
To celebrate and recuperate from his stomach turning chemo, Campbell Scott insists that they travel, so they pack up and head off to some sort of seaside village (because nothing aids the rebuilding of an immune system like hanging out with quaint and quirky townsfolk)!
Once they’ve set up shop (through the use of montages), Campbell Scott ditches the bandana (he has hair now) and, no longer distracted by puking and flop sweats, he and Julia Roberts develop feelings for each other and bump uglies.
Unfortunately, their happiness is short-lived since, not long after this, it turns out Campbell Scott has been lying the whole time! He had become obsessed with the idea of having hair and hooking it up with Julia Roberts, so instead of finishing his treatments, he absconded to the seaside village to grow an afro and have sexy adventures!
Upon learning about this betrayal, Julia Roberts stomps off in anger, but because the movie is already too long at this point, she’s only gone for about 10 minutes and returns just in time for a tearful reconciliation.
And so, through his glycerin-induced tears, Campbell Scott comes to the realization that people do care about him and that life is worth living after all! So he heads back to the city to continue treatment.
And that my friends, is the end of the movie! In spite of the fact that the movie’s name references someone’s ever-dwindling mortality, everything just seems to turn out fine and nobody dies at all!
I have to say I was incredibly disappointed by such blatant false advertising. Damn you, Joel Schumacher for making me sit through two hours of schlock and not delivering on your titular promise! It may be 18 years later, but as far as I’m concerned, you still owe me one sallow-faced actor on a deathbed!