Lifetime's 'Five' rates a 10
The film's one constant is Pearl (
No one knows how to deal with the death of a young mother as the family gathers and distractedly watches Neil Armstrong take that giant leap for mankind.
Tripplehorn captures the intelligence and compassion that make a great doctor. Her research for the role included talking to an oncologist.
"I felt a little more confident knowing there are people like Pearl," she says.
Pearl, by nature, is a quiet role. For wickedly fun drama, however,
Mia has that brutal honesty of those who run out of time. She drinks a bottle of Cristal a day, fritters away her savings and lives life as if each day were her last because it could be.
It's not spoiling anything to say that this segment ends happily because Mia's story is told with the ending first. "And then I live and marry
Aniston directed this segment, and Clarkson says, "She's timeless and infinitely talented, and I said to her, 'You are good as a director! S... you! Go stand in the corner.' Great actors make great directors."
"When you see the whole piece, it is brutal," Clarkson says. "All have been cut down to just the emotional life. Each is 20 minutes, and in that span of time, you travel a distance."
Only one story seemed stilted: Cheyanne (
Besides playing the doctor to the women with breast cancer, Pearl finds out from her doctor (
"It's such a painful subject matter," Tripplehorn says. "With scripts like this, I didn't want it to be maudlin and melodramatic. It's tricky."
The women involved, including executive producer Marta Kauffman ("Friends"), all say that if one woman watching has a
"Get that mammogram," Tripplehorn says. "When I was doing it, and I realized I had been working on 'Big Love' and I realized it had been a while."
"I did it while shooting," Clarkson says of going for her X-rays. "There can't be irony here. Shame on me if there is -- I had a breast scare early on."