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Everything, Everything: The latest in sick teen romance

Stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson have terrific chemistry.

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It's maybe OK to risk your life for a boy if he looks like Nick Robinson rather than Ansel Elgort.

The Sick Teen Romance genre has had a few notable entries in the past few years: The highest profile being the overwrought The Fault in Our Stars; the best being the gentle and lovely Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; the most recent being the just-OK The Space Between Us. They all follow the same plotline: Girl meets guy, one (or both) is dangerously ill, teen hubris/oblivion tells ’em to fuck it all, love is worth the risk. (If love looks like Ansel Elgort, please reconsider.)

Everything, Everything is an under-the-radar adaptation of Nicola
Yoon’s popular novel and stars Amandla Stenberg (Rue in The Hunger Games) as Maddy, who has a rare immune deficency that makes anything in her environment an immediate danger. So she lives in a beautiful, hermitically sealed house she’s never left, with her doctor mother (Anika Noni Rose) and a nurse (Ana de la Reguera), Carla, whose daughter is Maddy’s only friend.

Then Olly (Nick Robinson) moves in next door. He is beautiful and
soulful and troubled—just about the biggest environmental upset a
straight teen girl could encounter. Through windows, then technology and finally in person, they forge a sweet, delicate romance. Maddy’s never dealt with anyone socially; this flood of emotions, fuelled by the hottest blood, sparks a rebellion her mom should’ve seen coming but didn’t.

Of course she’s going to run away with Olly, of course she’s going to
get sick out there, of course there is a big family secret that undoes
it all. But director Stella Meghie (Jean of The Joneses) handles these
standard details with grace and respect, allowing her stars—who have terrific chemistry—to sit in moments, soak up the awkwardness and play all the notes on offer. A movie with larger stars probably would’ve gone bigger—making out in Anne Frank’s house, anyone?—and to its detriment. Everything, Everything is a nice little surprise, with a high rewatchability factor.
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