CF, or most commonly known as Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that affects the lungs with phlegmy mucus. It clogs up and stifles the immune system, which makes it hard to breathe. “Five Feet Apart,” is a movie directed by Justin Baldoni is about two teenagers with CF (Haley Lu Richardson as Stella and Cole Sprouse as Will), who are struggling to stay alive while fighting to keep their love alive, too, which is difficult because of the rules saying they can’t be within five feet of each other. It was adapted from the book written by Rachael Lippincott, Tobias Iaconis, and Mikki Daughtry.
You may remember Cole Sprouse from “Riverdale,” and this time he completely switched gears into the kind of character he plays, and the transformation was magical. Haley Lu let out her comedic side when gossiping with her friends and in many ways seems like your typical teenager. On the other hand, she convinces the audience that she is actually a sick girl with Cystic Fibrosis.
Though CBS Films did not partner with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) the accuracy of the CF content was fantastic. The film included an AffloVest, used to “vibrate” the mucus out of faulty lungs. The truthful amount of meds that come along with CF were portrayed correctly too, including Penicillin and other antibiotics. As for the duration of 2 hours, every moment was necessary for Stella and Will’s relationship growth. It truly feels like you are in every moment, walking every step of the emotional roller-coaster with two star-crossed lovers.
Rated PG-13, this touching film is a little suggestive, but not sexual content. Along with this, comes a fair amount of strong language. But before anything else, expect tears. Stella and Will are faced with problems, which all come with intense moments and scenes of sadness. There are many mature themes, like what comes after death and accepting loss of life. Like “Everything, Everything” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” this movie was based on a book and is about a girl with a life-threatening illness, who is in love with somebody just out of their reach. Everybody with a soft-spot for romances should see this movie, though it is inappropriate for children under the age of 13, though it is really up to the parents.
“Five Feet Apart” is a beautiful film that reminds us that life is too short to waste time. Take advantage of what you have and don’t be afraid to take risks. Text CF to 80100 to donate $5 or visit CFF.org/fivefeetapart to join the fight against CF.