I present… The most underrated Mark Ruffalo movie ever!
You’ve probably heard of this man. Yup. I’m talking about Mark Ruffalo. He has a reputation of being super approachable, down to Earth and extra nice actor. Oh and that of being an awesome and super talented artist too.
Buuuut you already know that, right? He’s been in some of our favorite rom coms ever (13 Going on 30, Just Like Heaven for instance) and in some of your favorite movies period. Zodiac, Shutter Island and The Kids Are All Right first come to mind about that. But since 2012, Mark has been your favorite Bruce Banner/Hulk too. You saw him as the angry superhero in last year’s Thor: Ragnarok , and will see him as Hulk once again this month in the long awaited Avengers-Infinity War.
But for now I’d like to talk about one special film with Mark. A film that barely anyone knows and I doubt that many has seen. My Life Without Me. Look, Mark had his big break with 2000’s You Can Count On Me. The Kenneth Lonergan directed drama put Ruffalo on the map as a serious actor, but before breaking in the mainstream with rom coms and risky indies, Mark starred in a great little film called My Life Without Me.
Directed by Isabel Coixet, the heartbreaking drama was actually based on the book called Pretending the Bed Is a Raft (by Nanci Kincaid), by and it had Sarah Polley in the lead. Polley played Ann. Young wife and mother of two small daughters who at the very beginning of the movie finds out that is dying from ovarian cancer. With very little time on her hands, she begins to makes audio cassettes for each of her daughter’s birthdays (until their 18th birthday) and sets up a plan to find her husband a new lovely wife.
But while busy with her tasks, she’ll meet handsome and lonely Lee (Mark Ruffalo). A man with no furniture in his house and a man who will fall hopelessly in love with her. Ann will also keep her illness from him, and in order not to spoil it any further… I’m just going to tell you just to stash a lot of Cleenex tissues in order to watch this movie. It’s sad and heart wrenching but beautiful and romantic at the same time. Ruffalo is quiet and romantic, and that’s the whole tone of the movie.
Scott Speedman plays Ann’s husband and Blondie’s Deborah Harry plays her mother infatuated with old Hollywood stars. Amanda Plummer and Alfred Molina are also in the movie, and I remember that I saw it for the first time on a very hot summer night about 10 years ago. I had some plans canceled at the last minute and very gladly stayed in to watch it. I cannot recommend this movie enough.
I feel that it’s also one of Mark’s very good but also much underrated movies, and if you have a chance to see it… Do it. Trust me. You won’t be sorry.