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Five Feet Apart

also known as “A Cinco Passos de Você,” “A un metro da te,” «В метре друг от друга»
MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for thematic elements, language and suggestive material.
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Primary Audience:
• Teens • Young-Adults • Adults
Romance Drama
Year of Release:
USA Release:
March 15, 2019 (wide—2,600+ theaters)
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Relevant Issues
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Difficulties and fears of individuals and families struggling with Cystic Fibrosis—a lethal genetic disorder that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices and causes severe progressive damage to the lungs, pancreas, liver, kidneys, intestines, etc.

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TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer

For a follower of Christ, what is LOVE—a feeling, an emotion, or an action? Answer

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Issue of pain and suffering

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

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Does God feel our pain? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD—Why are there bad things in our world? Answer

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Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer

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Featuring: Haley Lu RichardsonStella
Cole SprouseWill
Claire ForlaniMeredith
Moises AriasPoe
Parminder NagraDr. Noor Hamid
Emily Baldoni
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Director: Justin Baldoni
Producer: CBS Films
Wayfarer Entertainment
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love. What would love feel like if you were forbidden to touch? FIVE FEET APART is the story of Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse), two young people who refuse to be defined by the obstacles that separate them.

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

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 CF 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?”

  • Vulgar/Crude language: Heavy
  • Profane language: Moderately Heavy
  • Sex: Moderate
  • Violence: Minor
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Secular Movie Critics
…elevates the sick teen genre with a poignant love story… incredibly assured, deeply effective filmmaking…
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
…dull craftsmanship… recycled lovey-dovey remarks…
Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap
…This sweet romance will break your heart… The movie is smartly paced… You not only want what’s best for them, but believe it can actually happen. …[3/4]
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…The film becomes more exhausting than tense. In the end, all that manipulation backfires. Unlike the best of its genre, the rote “Five Feet Apart” isn’t wrenching enough to jerk a single tear. …
Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter
…a mushy, three-hankie weeper that is aimed squarely between the eyes of every 15-year-old girl…
Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post
…groan-inducing canned lines… shamelessly jerking the audience’s tears with one schmaltzy plot contrivance after another… the film still manages to capture the conundrum of being young and deeply aware of one’s own mortality in admirably blunt ways. [2/4]
Keith Watson, Slant
…an infuriating and unenjoyable take on first love…
Chelsea Phillips-Carr, The Globe and Mail [Toronto]
…never packs the emotional wallop it so obviously, self-satisfyingly, believes it does…
Ally Johnson, The Playlist
…it tries way too hard on the melodrama front. Being a teenager is difficult enough. Being a sick teenager is presumably that much harder. Being a teenager in “Five Feet Apart” means suffering from something else, in addition: overkill. And that’s deadly. …
Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic
…But Haley Lu Richardson’s in it. She’s excellent. …In “Five Feet Apart” she goes 10 rounds with dreckdom, and wins. Scene after scene the movie becomes a two-hour demonstration in the art, craft and mystery of what a performer can do to make you believe, in spite of the things they actually have to say. …
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune