THE BIG C “The Agony and the Ecstasy” Review

Laura Linney THE BIG C

Paul is dealing-badly if understandably so–with Cathy’s birthday announcement that she hasn’t been happy in twenty years and her subsequent escape to the Bahamas. He has some good professional news to celebrate, but more personal difficulties interfere with his enjoyment of that, giving us a pretty darn bitterly funny dinner scene. I know Paul isn’t exactly well-liked, and while I certainly wouldn’t want to be married to him, he deserves better than he’s gotten. That continues to be true here, but he also has his own major screw-up and I find him a tad offensive more than once on top of it.

We get a taste of what Cathy deems important for Adam to learn before she dies, and I have to applaud her choices in that regard. He gets a couple of different, harder, lessons stemming from a party he attends. Adam is quickly becoming both my favorite character and the one I’m most worried for. Andrea is also at the party, making me laugh and breaking my heart as she always does.

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