A 17 year old girl named Madeline Whittier has a rare disease that causes her to have to stay indoors 24/7 with her filtered air. Her whole life is basically books, her mom, and Carla(her nurse). One day, a moving truck pulls in next door. There she sees Olly. Olly Bright is Maddy's new neighbor. They get to know each other through emails. The more they get to know each other, the more they fall in love. Olly starts to make Maddy realize that she isn't really living. This starts the adventures of Maddy's new life. Written by
Everything, Everything is this year's young adult novel turned film about young love facing the incredible obstacle of overcoming disability or disease.
It's like these studios lay in wait for another big deadly disease to come through and then say, "jackpot". Is there any other problem facing young adults other than death? Oh yeah, there is, studios are just too chicken to see if it's profitable enough yet.
Simply put, Maddy is a young adult with an immuno-deficiency disorder that makes going outside very deadly. Her house is basically like that hermetically sealed room Tom Cruise has to break into in the first Mission Impossible.
Her dreams include seeing the ocean and going to school but apparently none of that makes her want to jeopardize her health like seeing the new neighbor for the first time.
He's a long-haired, pretty boy skateboarder named Ollie who starts out by giving her this douchey smile and literally waving his hair in the sun. I swear to God I haven't wanted to see a skateboarder smash into something in a real long time.
There's no question these two are going to start a romance- one that includes Ollie performing funny skits from the window right across from her, making her a playlist, and taping pictures of every ocean to the outside of her living room window.
The cuteness factor actually get's laid-on pretty thick here. It's hard not to think around the half hour mark that if it weren't for a couple missing white blood cells these two would already be on "16 and Pregnant".
I do really like Amandla Stenberg though, who played Rue in "The Hunger Games". She's actually 18 now and not much makes me feel old, but this does for some reason.
Anyway, she captures the repressed teenage longing of someone who wants way more than she'll ever be allowed to get but she's also spirited at the same time. Her few scenes of social awkwardness, like impressing Ollie with a handstand, work too.
Being that the entire film is told from Maddy's perspective, Nick Robinson isn't as good, more of a vague outline of a troubled kid. But he's cute and kinda funny and that seemed to be enough for most of the audience I saw this with.
The movie actually goes down like milk and cookies really, I mean even the disease doesn't get in the way of the romance too much unless it's mentioned as getting in the way of the romance and the second half just keeps the swooning going.
Anybody looking for anything other than swooning might want to look elsewhere but this is a sweet, good-looking couple, and a good-looking movie that takes us from California to Hawaii.
If only the ending didn't jump the shark so badly in a way that makes you question one character's mental health and makes you think that another has been living a situation like out of a Stephen King story or something for so long.
It kinda ruins what was a mildly diverting, enjoyable time. So i'm going to say the movie is a mediocre 5/10.
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