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.