Release Date: March 15
Starring: Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Moises Arias, Kimberly Herbert Gregory, et al.
Will (Cole Sprouse) and Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) fall in love even though they’re hospitalized and battling cystic fibrosis (CF). Having CF requires they stay six feet apart at all time to avoid cross-infection. The title refers to the one foot they take back from life so they can be closer.
Will and Stella aren’t supposed to touch much less kiss (saliva exchange would be deadly), but that eventually happens when CPR is the only way to save Stella’s life.
This is one sad love story in a long line of heart-wretching entries. Like the many before it, Five Feet Apart also preys on the fizzy hearts of its audience as much as it depends on the ability of its heavyweights -Haley and Sprouse- to pull through, which they do.
Five Feet Apart is a romantic, inspiring tear-jerker, so much it kind of comes across as also romanticizing CF, which happens explicitly for the sake of drama. Every illness, especially one as severe as CF, deserves to be taken seriously. So, also should love. And realizing the movie’s partly based on a real life couple lends credence to the Rihanna song, we found love in a hopeless place.
Love, after all, is the greatest gift of life, and EVERYONE deserves a chance at it.
Directed by: Justin Baldoni
Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5