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Movie Review: Five Feet Apart

By: Carissa Zawiski/Sophomore Writer

Seeing the trailer all over social media, Five Feet Apart seemed to be an amazing love story that I had to see. So, on March 15th I decided to spend Friday night with my mom at the Regal Cinema theatre in Binghamton. As I was sitting there eating dollar store bought candy, I couldn’t be more excited for what I was about to see!

Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is a YouTube vlogger who talks about the disease she has called Cystic Fibrosis (CF). According to https://www.cff.org/What-is-CF/About-Cystic-Fibrosis/ “Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.”

Just like any seventeen year old, Stella loves hanging out with her best friends, one of which also has CF, who’s name is Poe  (Moises Aries). Stella spends much of her time living as a hospital patient, making sure she follows her routines, staying within her boundaries, and making sure her treatments are done exactly the way they are supposed to be done. When Stella meets an attractive CF patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse) there is an instant connection, and though the rules say they must maintain a safe distance of 6 feet apart between them, they start to rebel. As their connection increases, so does the desire to break the rules and accept the attraction, which leads them to agree upon 5 feet, stealing that one foot back. Another conflict happening is Will stops taking his treatments, making it dangerous for Will’s health. Stella cautiously inspires him to take his treatments, and live his life to the fullest, but will it be enough for someone she loves when she can’t even touch him?

The movie is rated PG-13, so I would only recommend it to teens/adults. Overall I thought the movie was great! Richardson and Sprouse did a fabulous job acting, and the film was done in a matter that seemed good-hearted. I was moved by the movie because it helped me realize that there are people out there in the world going through the same things, and it helped me think about how grateful I should be for what I have.

I would rate it a 4 out of 5 because of a scene near the end that seemed just a tiny bit unrealistic and could’ve been better written.

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