Jill Rachlin
January 10, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Dying Young

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
111 minutes
performer
Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott, Ellen Burstyn
director
Joel Schumacher
distributor
Fox Home Video
author
Richard Friedenberg
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a C-

If you’ve seen the hit Pretty Woman, you’ve seen Dying Young, except this time instead of playing a hooker hired by a rich, lonely executive, sexy Julia Roberts is a companion hired by a rich, lonely leukemia patient (Campbell Scott). She flashes her legs and falls in love on the job, though here the formula can’t compensate for the antiseptic plot.

Shot in the same glowing, golden tones director Joel Schumacher used for Flatliners, this movie is both monochromatic and monotone. Roberts and Scott emote earnestly, but sparks fail to fly between them. Scott’s dire illness conveniently disappears when there’s a social occasion or an opportunity to seduce his dewy care giver. Dying Young met an early demise in theaters; a would-be tearjerker that leaves you dry-eyed and disappointed, it probably won’t thrive on video, either. C-

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