The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

Josh Boone (2014)

120min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Adapted from John Green's beloved young adult novel, this bittersweet tear-jerker alternates between mawkish melodrama and heartfelt sincerity. Shailene Woodley is utterly disarming as Hazel, a precocious teenager who is living a restricted lifestyle due to thyroid cancer. Reluctantly attending a local support group, Hazel is approached by an optimistic charmer named Gus (Ansel Elgort), who is in remission after losing one of his legs to bone cancer. Quickly falling for each other, the star-crossed teens strike up a romantic relationship that is destined to end in tragedy. Woodley has a smile that lights up the screen and is utterly believable, even when the story isn't, while Elgort remains endearing despite being burdened with some mushy dialogue. So, even though the film's manipulative tendencies make it unlikely to win over cynics, sentimental viewers will be reaching for the tissues.

Summary

Indianapolis teenager Hazel has terminal thyroid cancer and attends a patients' support group, where she meets fellow teen Gus, who lost a leg to the disease. The two fall in love and a shared passion for books leads them on a literary pilgrimage to Amsterdam in search of reclusive author Peter van Houten. Romantic drama based on the bestselling novel by John Green, starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern and Willem Dafoe.

Cast & Crew

Hazel Grace Lancaster Shailene Woodley
Augustus Waters Ansel Elgort
Frannie Lancaster Laura Dern
Michael Sam Trammell
Isaac Nat Wolff
Peter Van Houten Willem Dafoe
Patrick Mike Birbiglia
Lidewij Vliegenthart Lotte Verbeek
Monica Emily Peachey
Mrs Waters Milica Govich
Director Josh Boone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Jun 2014
Drama