5 Feet Apart Review

Promotion poster for Five Feet Apart.

Promotion poster for Five Feet Apart.

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On March 15, 2019, the movie 5 Feet Apart starring Cole Sprouse and Hailey Lu Richardson was released in theaters across the United States. Five Feet Apart began as a bestselling YA novel and was soon announced to be a movie. The tear-jerking film sheds light on a topic not discussed in movies of the past, Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a hereditary disease that causes the people it affects to have low lung function and severe trouble breathing. 5 Feet Apart is a unique case in which two teens with the disease fall in love. The only issue is that two people with Cystic Fibrosis can’t be any closer than 6ft from each other. Characters, Will Newman and Stella Grant defy the odds and go on a journey to be together even though their circumstances are tearing them apart.


While this may be main character, Cole Sprouse’s, first time starring in a romance/drama film it’s not his first time in the acting profession. Cole and his twin brother, Dylan got their start young getting their debuts in television shows like Big Daddy and Grace Under Fire. The twins then got their breaks when they scored their own show on Disney Channel named The Sweet Life of Zack and Cody which later became Sweet Life on Deck. Dylan Sprouse soon left the acting scene to pursue other dreams. Cole on the other hand is now apart of the hit teen drama Riverdale. As for Hailey Lu Richardson she got a later start in the acting scene than Sprouse at the age of 19 in shows such as The Last Survivors and The Young Kieslowski. Since, she has played in a variety in television and films.


Seeing the film, I was impressed with not only the storyline, and actors but also how accurately they portrayed someone who in real life deals with Cystic Fibrosis. Too often in films we see an image of a physical condition that is accurate to what real life for the people it’s affects. The movie was also very similar to the movie and best-selling book The Fault in Our Stars. Both do an excellent job showing how hard life really is for people going through physical conditions. The idea behind the main characters 5 feet apart from one another instead of the recommended 6, the purpose being that Will and Stella wanted to take back that one foot, was perfectly executed. The movie not only was well portrayed, but also didn’t leave a dry eye in the theatre. Even when everything was going for Stella, it all came to a crash making for a surprising ending. The film including myself gets mostly positive reactions from viewers with a few who disagree and say that the trailers and book failed to meet some expectations.


The film has since inspired many and is becoming one of the biggest breakout teen dramas since The Fault in Our Stars. It’s sure to take theatres all across the world by storm, and inspire those with CF and even those who don’t. As Stella Grant says “Human touch… we need that touch from the one we love almost as much as we need air to breathe. I never understood that until I couldn’t have it,” a statement perfectly depicted in Five Feet Apart.


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