Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart

DVD - 2019
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Life as a teenager is hard. Life gets even harder when you're a teenager suffering from a life-threatening illness. Compound illness, adolescence, and the fact that you're spending most of your time in the hospital; life can get very lonely. The only person who could possibly understand may be a teenager living a similar life. When two critically ill teens met at a hospital, only time will tell if they will become friends or even fall in love?


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Welcome to May's Online Book Club discussion. This month, we're reading Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. (Available to download as an ebook or audiobook.) The Online Book Club, if you've never joined us before, is a book discussion group that takes place entirely online. Each week, I write a new blog post that talks about different aspects of the… (more)

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Apr 16, 2021

5 Feet Apart is one of those movies you know you’ll watch over and over again. The story follows two teens that have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and their relationship that ensues, all while having to stay 6 feet apart. This movie was heartbreakingly sad and hilarious the first time I saw it in 2019, but watching it again amidst the Covid 19 pandemic hit hard. The movie has this line “ So if you’re able to, touch him. Touch her….”. I never thought that one day, I would be forced to be 6 feet apart from everyone and feel the same isolation that the characters in this film are feeling too. I’ve also read the book, and have found that the movie does actually compare. The casting was well done for the characters, and while I found the book to have more detail, the movie made me more emotional. This movie is very relatable to all teens, even more so now in the pandemic, and everyone should watch it. Rate 5/5 stars. -@LadyCatherinePinkerton of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

As expected (from viewing the trailer), Five Feet Apart is such a heartbreaking yet realistic film. I was amazed by how much thought and research was put into this movie, because typically, I find that most movies with this type of genre tend to be too descriptive or too rational, yet this seemed to be the complete opposite. I really liked that there were very few main characters in this film, as it allows us, as an audience, to hear and try to understand each story completely, which is very crucial for such plots. The script was written beautifully and the plot was executed wonderfully. I definitely cried quite a few times while watching this movie at the theatre, and I would do it again. I feel that this is a perfect watch for those who enjoy true-to-life storylines, as it will most definitely not disappoint! 5/5 stars
@roselilly04 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

In this sad, tragic love story between two teenagers who fall utterly in love with each other regardless of their condition of Cystic Fibrosis. They know that they can't physically touch one another nor can they even hug but they still make it work with hospital visits and a single stick. I think everyone today can relate to this situation due to Covid 19 restrictions, we can’t touch or go near anyone if we're not 6 feet apart, so we definitely know the struggle of not being able to touch or hug a loved one. I recommend ages 12 and up watch this movie because it touches your emotions and I really love it! I rate it a 4/5 stars because it wasn’t my favorite go-to sad movie bad, I still enjoyed it.
@chocolate_loving_teen of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Five Feet Apart is a romantic drama starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson. Both Sprouse and Richardson do a fantastic job with their roles and portray the chemistry well on screen. The film does little to differentiate it self from other romances revolving around an illness, but rather embraces the plot. I found myself getting frustrated, sad and happy for the characters in the film all at once. Despite these praises, there were also times where I did feel some scenes were unnecessary to the plot or awkward in a sense. The ending was definitely surprising, yet still felt rushed and left me unsatisfied. Definitely recommend to the romantic type, but not for everyone. 3.5 Stars
@Ruby_Tuesday of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021


17-year-old Stella and Will both share the same illness - cystic fibrosis. They both spend most, if not all, of their time in the hospital. Stella’s life is full of boundaries and restrictions and she must uphold an insane amount of self control. When Stella meets Will, herself control and willpower are put to the test. As they flirt and their connection intensifies the must continue to keep themselves apart – maintaining a safe distance between them. These patients must keep themselves 6 feet apart to reduce the risk of cross-infection. The instant connection between the two is odd as Stella is dedicated to following the rules and Will is dangerous and likes to break the rules. When Will and Stella fall for each other they begin to sneak off on dates to get to know each other better. After the sudden death of one of Stella’s friends, also sharing the same illness, she realizes that she was living her life too strictly. Coming to this sudden realization she grabs his hand, justified by the fact that she has a glove on, and convinces Will to leave, going to a small frozen pool. During this time Stella gets alerts about a lung transplant that is available to her but ignores the alerts in order to spend time with Will. When Will finds out he begs her to accept the transplant that could save her life but shortly after she falls through the ice and Will must risk both of their lives in order to try to save hers.

5 Feet Apart is a hopeful and beautiful movie whether you are looking for a romantic movie or a emotional movie. It is a fantastic movie for both adults and kids. It also opens your eyes to the horrible conditions of cystic fibrosis and the strength of the patients enduring it. This movie was very satisfying because it felt very real. The conditions of the patients shown in the movies were very accurate as was the representation of different people and different personalities.

Mar 09, 2021

This is my favorite movie. It is about two teens who have cystic fibrosis. They spend most of their time at the hospital and inevitably fall in love. Because they have CF, they cannot be close to each other, because that could compromise each other’s health. Even though they should not be near each other, they decide that they will be five feet apart, that’s where the title comes from, to still be safe enough without being too separated. This story is sad, at least the ending is, I won’t spoil the end, but I (at least) tear up every time I watch it, so don’t watch it if you are looking for an uplifting movie.

Dec 30, 2020

I read the book and I loved it, so I wondered how well the movie would compare to the book. They did a great job with this movie. The acting was so very good and for the most part, they stayed true to the book. I didn't cry at the end of the book, but I cried at the end of the movie, the acting was terrific.

Jun 29, 2020

Phenomenal movie! Will get the tears flowing and heart so full. Highly recommend!

IndyPL_MaryW May 15, 2020

Stella and Will meet on an inpatient unit in the hospital. Both have cystic fibrosis, CF, a genetic disease that causes severe respiratory issues. Two patients with CF must remain 6 feet apart to prevent sharing germs and compromise each other’s health. Stella and Will take vastly different approaches to life and their health. These two relate to each other’s like few others can and to fall in love. To remain apart is heart breaking. They decide that 5 feet apart is sufficient, measured by a broom stick between them, thus the title. It was a moving film about young love and living with a disease that impacts their daily lives and shortens their life. A strong reminder that while most of the society is just now practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, it is an everyday, life time experience for others. This fiilm is based on a book by the same title.

sjpl_javier Apr 01, 2020

Teen Novel made into a Teen Drama movie. The 5 ft apart rule that is the title is the "social distancing" needed to prevent the damage to the main characters lungs and the her focus on social media to interact to the world is especially relevant in this time of shelter-in-place and quarantine.

If you want to watch a movie that is relate-able to everyone's situation now (that isn't some kind of zombie apocalypse movie), this is it. Depending on your sensitivity, get the Kleenex ready, you might be in for some waterworks.

VaughanPLDonnalee Feb 01, 2020

I didn't like this as much as I had hoped. Overall I thought it was very manipulative and cheesy. I found both teen leads kind of annoying. I appreciated that it raised awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and that it was a well-intentioned film. It felt very similar to The Fault in Our Stars, but just not as good. Nothing about it seemed original. If you're in the mood for an emotional tearjerker, then you may like it.

Dec 15, 2019

does anyone know if this Dvd is in English?

Dec 07, 2019

When I saw this DVD at the library and read the synopsis, I was intrigued by its' premise and thought I would give it a chance. I am very glad I did! It is a quirky movie about teens in hospital with cystic fibrosis and the things they have to have friendships and relationships. It was very touching and I found myself cheering for the characters in the movie as well as feeling some sadness in parts. I highly recommend that people watch it.

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