March 15, 2019

Five Feet Apart is in theaters on March 15th, 2019.

Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is seventeen going on... well, just the next day as she lives with cystic fibrosis. She is every bit the teenager she can be while also spending a lot of time living in a hospital. She has her friends and dreams outside of being a patient, but the routines and restrictions limit her all the same. While living in the hospital, she meets the ever-charming and slightly broody Will Newman (Cole Sprouse). Even though there is an instant romantic connection between the two, they are bound by CF to remain six feet apart at all times as CF patients. There is as much temptation to break the rules and get physically closer as their connection intensifies, but also inspiration to do better as Will gains the motivation to live his life fuller by actually putting self-control and effort into his own treatment. There is the ever question of living for the treatment or treating the CF to live a fuller life, that is, if the two can resist the temptation to live without that touch.

This is a very cliché, teenie bopper film that will need tissues, but you know that getting into it. Haley Lu Richardson (Edge of Seventeen, Split) is a wonderful lead and really carries the film through the slower bits, and the cast that you grow closer to in the hospital really make you feel close to the tight-nit community within the hospital. Kimberly Herbert Gregory plays Barb, a dedicated nurse with a lot of tough love. She brings along laughs and tears through this emotional rollercoaster, as well as a healthy dose of reality as logic gets thrown out the window by the CF patients at times. Moises Arias is cute as ever as Poe, one of Stella's best friends and fellow CF-er, from their long stays in the hospital growing up.

Directed by Justin Baldoni and written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, things get a bit muddled up together along the way and does not really give the audience anything new. The twists and turns to turn the drama up twenty notches fell a bit flat and made me more frustrated than anything, but the build up was sweet between Sprouse and Richardson. Their natural charm hard work saves some of the clunky dialogue and typical tropes. This is a great flick to watch with friends to just simply enjoy the teenage feels and cry it out, or snuggled up with a laptop and some comfort food. This isn’t The Fault in Our Stars, but close enough if you’re in the mood!

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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