Parents' Guide to

Five Feet Apart

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Strong acting saves predictable, sentimental love story.

Movie PG-13 2019 116 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 34 parent reviews

age 12+

Expert review is missing a lot of details about sex.

The expert review on this movie badly needs updating. It fails to mention that sex is discussed in many scenes of this movie. One character refers to renting a bed by the hour, using protection, a cheeky reference to uses for latex other than gloves, teasing a friend that they were going to 'do it' just to mention a few. The review misses the mark badly in the 'sex' category. None of this issues are handled badly by the movie, but if you only read the expert review you might get a bit of a surprise if you are watching it with your children and you haven't had discussions with them about sex and sexuality.
age 15+

Parents be warned, Sex is the major talking point of this movie.

While there is no sex seen, the two teens talk about sex and not having sex because of their illness through out the whole film. F-bomb is dropped and S bomb a few times. Story is a good message in all about living for today not holding back in life. Story is ok for teens with maturity about tuff subjects like death and sex. This story will leave you in tears a few times.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (34 ):
Kids say (173 ):

This love story requires some suspension of disbelief, but its charming stars and and tear-jerking romance will appeal to fans of The Fault in Our Stars. That doesn't mean audiences should expect as much heartbreak as in FiOS, but the "dying teenagers sharing an intense first love" is definitely a theme of Five Feet Apart, too. Richardson in particular is very talented, and she and Sprouse have just enough spark to make it work, although Stella and Will's romance isn't as swoon-worthy as Hazel Grace and Gus' or as adventurous as Maddy and Olly's. After all, Stella and Will can not, must not touch, so their relationship is limited to conversations and endless longing looks. For some inexplicable reason, their parents are rarely on the hospital floor (in sharp contrast to similar films in which parents sit vigil day after day), and the teens interact mostly with kind, maternal Nurse Barb (Kimberly Hebert Gregory). And Moises Arias stands out as Poe, Stella's hospital bestie and fellow CF patient. Poe supports the idea of Stella, who apparently also has OCD, "dating" Will, even though it puts her at great risk of losing her transplant eligibility.

Because the movie is almost wholly set in the hospital, the plot sometimes feels slow and predictable, and the teens' level of access to all parts of the facility seem far-fetched, considering that such a large hospital would definitely have more attentive security. And the fact that the teens somehow throw a Pinterest-level dinner party is flat-out unbelievable (even with the reason provided). Still, the story will undeniably tug at viewers' heartstrings, and given Sprouse's popularity (thanks to Riverdale), there's surely an eager fan base ready to see him fall in love, no matter how sad the circumstances.

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