Alternately warm and sad, "Miss You Already" plays like a chick-lit beach novel about friendship and death, and that's precisely the audience that the movie will endear itself to.

Alternately warm and sad, "Miss You Already" plays like a chick-lit beach novel about friendship and death, and that's precisely the audience that the movie will endear itself to.

It unfortunately at times careens toward Lifetime Movie of the Week territory, but its saving grace is a grounding performance by the wonderful Toni Collette.

Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Collette) are lifelong friends who have been their for each other through a lot of life milestones.

But as Jess is trying to start a family with her husband (Paddy Considine), Milly gets her own life-altering news in a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Director Catherine Hardwicke establishes Jess and Milly as very relatable, and "Miss You" explores many aspects of living - and dying - with cancer. There are times when things get a bit too frothy and light, and others when the tears are forced.

Barrymore is in a role that's, well, typical Drew Barrymore. She sunny and likable, but not as adept at handling a wider emotional spectrum as her co-star. Collette, on the other hand, is the best reason to see the film. Milly stares down death and works through stages of grief - often with a laugh.

Ultimately, "Miss You" feels a bit heavy-handed - Hardwicke also directed the first "Twilight" movie, not one known for its subtlety - but if you're looking for a laugh, a cry and a fine performance, you could do worse.