We all remember our first love, and the feelings that came with that experience. But imagine you weren’t able to touch that person, or even kissing them may kill you. That is the basis of the story of the new CBS Films movie Five Feet Apart, which brings together Stella and Will, two teens who are both battling cystic fibrosis. While they fall in love, they have to keep their distance because their germs could cause more health problems or even result in death.
The movie is targeted at the young tween and teen market with a new twist on the star crossed lovers scenario. But moves at a slower pace, so if you’re not invested in the story you may find yourself bored at times while watching the film. There is a lot on the line in Stella and Will’s love story, more so than teens normally deal with. This ramps up the emotional response in the teen viewers over all.
The movie overall isn’t a bad movie and you can relate and feel for the characters. But unlike what the trailer shows, there is a lot more of the serious side in general and it’s not just another quaint love story that teens are going to flock to.
One thing the movie will do, however, is bring awareness to cystic fibrosis and the actual battle that patients deal with. Grab your tissues if you’re into a movie that will make you cry. And go in with the realization that cystic fibrosis patients in general have a hard road through treatment and results, so this movie depicts that a lot more than sugar coating it.
About Five Feet Apart:
Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old… she’s attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control – all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse).
There’s an instant flirtation, though 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. Further complicating matters is Will’s potentially dangerous rebellion against his ongoing medical treatment. Stella gradually inspires Will to live life to the fullest, but can she ultimately save the person she loves when even a single touch is off limits? (CBS Films)