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Dear Jack 2009
Description: Using The DV camera originally enlisted to capture the making of his album, Andrew shot everything before and after the crucial day in May of 2005 when he both complete his record and was diagnosed with cancer. Dear Jack opens on the day of his diagnosis and continues on through the life-changing and deeply private happenings that followed. The movie also contains flashes back to Andrew's childhood and the making of the first Jack's Mannequin album, as well as rare live footage and the chronicling of his relationships with two very necessary folks in his life, his sister and her greatest friend.
Released: 08 Oct 2009 Director: Joshua Morrisroe, Corey Moss Writers: Corey Moss Actors: Andrew McMahon, Tommy Lee, Lin McMahon, Brian McMahon Genres: Documentary
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Dear Jack Reviews:

Narrated by close mate and collaborator Tommy Lee, 'Dear Jack' is a very private acc largely pieced together from home footage taken by Andrew and his family when he was diagnosed with Leukaemia. He realised that documenting his experiences and treatment would be a productive activity and may be of benefit to others in a related situation.I've often wondered why more folks don't know about Andrew and his melody and why his magnificent 'Everything in Transit' album wasn't a bigger hit. This movie explains why, as his disease coincided with the release and he was unable to place in all the promotional efforts that might have otherwise been done. Interestingly many of the album lyrics refer to being ill, the first line of the entire album is "She thinks I'm much too thin, she asks me if I'm sick". It's fascinating to see how this and another lines tip at that he had a feeling he wasn't well long before the diagnosis.The movie documents so much, from March 2005 pre-release gigs to build excitement for the album, through diagnosis and the rapid developments, just a several months soon in June 2005 shaving his hair off, an unexpected transition from rising rock star to patient. We follow all this, learning much about the condition, treatment, and what is involved from a true sufferer's mission of view. As well as Andrew's own footage, there are bits in which his family, girlfriend, even his doctor speaks, both about their observations of how he appeared to them, but also how it made them feel. Hearing their perspectives and how they felt to see this event and doing what they should to support all adds so much to rounding out the full acc of the situation. There are interesting tiny insights that I don't think I had any prior knowledge of, from hearing that pneumonia is now the cause of death for over 40% of folks in his situation, to seeing how he uses a lint roller to accumulate loose hair as it falls out, and even the more serious matters such as deciding if he wants to freeze some sperm so he should have a family soon in life and telling that he's not even sure if he wants a family.At times we see handwritten letters and notes as Andrew's feelings are very honestly documented. At one mission he goes through quite a negative period and hits his lowest point. Even at this time he is still songwriting and writes a pretty song, 'There there Katie' (which has incidentally just come on my headphones) for his sister. Symptoms receive to terrible during this scene of his treatment that he couldn't movie for a while, but as an audience we're not left at a loss to follow happenings as this in itself speaks volumes about the situation.Andrew's record label stuck by him and respected his wishes through the course of his treatment and recovery. I like how much this offers a refreshing contrast to the fictional record executives you often see in movies who are often portrayed as soulless cash grabbers. Andrew's squad supported him, did what they should for the album and then when he was more able they helped arrange a '100 days' milestone present which brings us back to the perfect music. One of the 'silver linings' in a method is how nice it is to hear about the meaning behind these songs I know and love as Andrew touches on how the album came to be. That was also the nicest part of seeing Andrew McMahon live, he explained the background to some of the songs and the lyrics suddenly took on added meaning.Strangely and almost unexpectedly a real love storyline emerges from the midst of everything else. Andrew becomes very reflective on his failed relationship, he ponders over the "Yoga folks tell I've got a broken heart". I don't wish to spoil things, but there's a satisfied ending and it adds such an uplifting aspect to the entire story.I heartily suggest that everyone could give 'Everything in Transit' (now re-released for the 10th Anniversary) a listen, plus for the happenings covered in this movie he wrote songs that appear on the 'Dear Jack EP' which is only a handful of songs but each one of them is brilliant and pretty and so intensely filled with meaning and poignancy after seeing this and understanding what they're about. With a decade of hindsight some of the things told in this film, especially about wanting a family, are able to be seen in a more positive light as Andrew is actually the extremely proud father of a tiny woman Cecilia, who has influenced his more newest music. He also set up the Dear Jack Foundation which does a lot of work for adolescent leukaemia patients.As told at the outset I'm reviewing this actually as it's currently accessible on Netflix and I think it's really worth a look, not just for fanatics of Andrew and his music, but for anyone. It offers a rarely seen insight on being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, not the fictionalised versions we are used to seeing in movies such as '50/50', 'The Fault in our Stars' or 'A Walk to Remember' which in their own method have a zone and something to say, but this is a real- life acc and thankfully one that has a satisfied ending and offers hope and optimism.For more of my reviews visit www.neverkissedagirl.com



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