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Five Feet Apart (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 15 March 2019 (USA)
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A pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis meet in a hospital and fall in love, though their disease means they must avoid close physical contact.

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Justin Baldoni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haley Lu Richardson ... Stella
Cole Sprouse ... Will
Moises Arias ... Poe
Kimberly Hebert Gregory ... Barb (as Kimberly Hébert Gregory)
Parminder Nagra ... Dr. Hamid
Claire Forlani ... Meredith
Emily Baldoni ... Julie
Gary Weeks ... Tom
Cynthia Evans ... Erin
Brett Austin Johnson ... Jason
Ariana Guerra ... Hope
Sophia Bernard ... Abby
Evangeline Hill ... Young Stella
Ivy Dubreuil ... Young Abby
Kristopher Perez Kristopher Perez ... Young Poe
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Storyline

Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. There's an instant flirtation, through restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction.

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Taglines:

When Life Keeps You Apart, Fight For Every Inch.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Feet Apart See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,190,286, 17 March 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,729,221, 30 May 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,095,140, 30 May 2019
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Late Claire Wineland worked closely with the leads on perfecting the roles of cystic fibrosis patients. Claire died in September 2018 after experiencing a stroke right after a successful lungs transplant. See more »

Quotes

Stella: Human touch. Our first form of communication. Safety, security, comfort, all in the gentle caress of a finger. Or the brush of lips on a soft cheek. It connects us when we're happy, bolsters us in times of fear, excites us in times of passion and love. We need that touch from the one we love, almost as much as we need air to breathe. But I never understood the importance of touch. His touch. Until I couldn't have it. So if you're watching this, and you're able, touch him. Touch her. Life's too ...
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Five Feet Apart (2019) See more »

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Written by Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez (as Yann Gonzales), Justin Meldal-Johnsen
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The Fault in Our Stars Pt II
14 March 2019 | by SmashandNastySee all my reviews

Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) is a teenager that spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines and she has got everything figured out until she meets Will (Cole Sprouse), another teen with the same terminal and chronic illness. Flirtation quickly turns into broken rules with potentially deadly consequences.

Our Take: If you're in the mood for a good cry in a dark theater, it's a good watch; but it will be just as good when it is on Netflix and can be watched in the comfort of your home with your favorite stuffed animal and a box of Kleenex. Post-Credit Scene: Nope, you can run to the bathroom as soon as they start rolling.

Let us guess: you loved The Fault in Our Stars. So are you in the mood for another sick kids movie? Well, this checks all the boxes. There are kids. The kids are sick. Plus, it tugs on all the appropriate heartstrings. But if you look beyond the trope, what is there?

Here, there's actually a lot to unpack.

This was the directorial debut for Justin Baldoni (of Jane the Virgin fame) and he did a decent job putting the movie together. The cast was the right mix of a popular teenage heartthrob, a kid you remember from some show you used to watch, and a talented girl next door. There's an appropriate amount of chemistry between Richardson and Sprouse. The soundtrack assembled every indie rock song that mentioned medicine or illness, but it was employed in a very tasteful manner. There were a few moments of questionable shakey cam footage that made watching difficult. There was a scene that was purposefully dragged out for the purpose of making the audience uncomfortable in a completely unnecessary way. The dialogue was a bit weak at times, but for characters that you knew had an impending expiration date, they were all fairly well developed. It wasn't perfect, but in the grand scheme of sick kid movies, it certainly ranks and in some ways, set itself apart.

Unlike similar films of the past (A Walk to Remember, The Fault in Our Stars, and Everything Everything to name a few) this one wasn't based on a book (plot twist: there's a book based on it). It is also set primarily at the hospital and over a fairly short period of time, which tightened the narrative in a strange and at times off-putting way that other films have managed to escape. The film stayed fairly true to treatment mechanisms that are available to those with cystic fibrosis thanks to its consultant, the late Claire Wineland, though it fell into the same controversy its predecessors have by casting able-bodied individuals to play diseased and disabled characters. Some have called the film disease-appropriation, but as two people who don't have cystic fibrosis, this film did bring our attention to a disease we'd never heard of. It's not our place to say whether this newfound awareness is good, but we do hope that it has a positive impact by showing a snippet of what some people with CF deal with.


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