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Review: 'Five Feet Apart' offers emotional love story

'Five Feet Apart'

Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson in Five Feet Apart.

“Five Feet Apart”​ made its debut as a major motion picture on March 15.

With characters you will fall in love with and a storyline that tugs on your heartstrings, “Five Feet Apart”​ is a must-see.

This romantic drama follows the lives of three patients suffering from cystic fibrosis: Stella (Haley Lu Richardson ), Will (Cole Sprouse ) and Poe (Moisés Arias ). 

Similar in genre to “​The Fault in Our Stars,” which was released more than five years ago, “Five Feet Apart” ​is another educational and emotional look into the lives of those with chronic illnesses.

CF patients are more susceptible to diseases than others. Germs travel in droplets up to 6 feet in any direction, which is why CF patients cannot be closer than 6 feet apart.

Because of the higher risk of catching diseases that their bodies cannot fight, the decision for two CF patients to be 5 feet apart is only the beginning of Stella and Will’s dangerous relationship. 

Stella and Poe, who met when they were young during CF treatments, provide the movie with plenty of comic relief. It comes as no surprise that “​Hannah Montana” ​star, Rico, is the one creating comedy in such an intense and heartbreaking movie.

It is evident from the beginning that Stella has a strong support system: plenty of friends, mom and dad, and Poe.

Poe, on the other hand, struggles with support and love. Whether it's his family or his boyfriend, he feels like letting people support him and letting love in means he is placing the financial and emotional costs on others.

Will, though, is polar opposite from Stella. Where she is controlling, he is carefree; where she is organized, he is laidback. 

Will and Stella balance each another out, which makes their roles in this movie that much more appealing.

Although this is just a movie, the writers and producers did an excellent job identifying the real problems that CF patients face.

The families of CF patients go through a lot more than most families.

Watching a loved one go through years of treatment is hard. Medicine may temporarily make them feel better, but, ultimately, there is no cure. This movie will make you feel what the families feel as they watch their loved ones suffer.

Touch is a sense that is often taken for granted.

CF patients, as Stella mentions in the opening scene of the movie, do not get the satisfaction of touch. Since the disease is genetic, and not contagious, touch is allowed with anyone not suffering from CF. Between Stella, Will and Poe, touch is absolutely restricted. 

Survivor’s guilt is a real thing.

Seeing someone feel guilty for suffering through such an intense illness is potentially the hardest part of the movie to watch. Stella shares her story with Will; her sister died in an accident and her parents marriage died, but Stella? Still hanging in there. And how does she feel? Guilty.

To see Stella, Will and Poe fight through their treatments and fight for one another, make your way to a theater near you, and bring a box of tissues.

entertainment.ed@ocolly.com