'Five Feet Apart' Review

Updated on April 6, 2019

Five Feet Apart is a 2019 romantic drama film written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis and directed by Justin Baldoni. The film stars Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse. With a supporting cast that includes Moises Arias, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Parminder Nagra, Claire Forlani, and Emily Baldoni.

Seventeen year old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. There's an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction.


Five Feet Apart was a film that I really enjoyed and ultimately loved, but the film definitely had it's fair share of problems and it wasn't great.

It follows the traditional romantic plot. Boy and girl meet, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl break up, boy and girl get back together. There was nothing particularly wrong with that, but it's all done in the first half of the film making the rest feel a little sluggish and top heavy.

This film also had a ton of clichés. I'm not a person that'll instantly dismiss a film for being clichéd. A cliché itself isn't bad when done right, and I thought this film handled those clichés nicely.

With that being said I still thought this was a film that really struggled with what it wanted to say. The film also lacked a clear direction making the ending feel forced.

This was a clichéd film that struggled with the structure of the plot, but overall still really enjoyed it.


Haley Lu Richardson was amazing. She gives arguably the best performance of her young career. I became a fan of hers after watching The Edge of Seventeen, and she had disappointed me yet. I thought she was fantastic and she gave a genuine and authentic performance in a film that really relied on it.

Cole Sprouse also did a great job. I thought the chemistry between him and Haley Lu Richardson was great. It felt authentic and real. I thought some of Jughead's dark and moody character seeped over from Riverdale, but even then he makes his character very lovable.

I thought the entire supporting cast was great too. I really enjoyed Moises Arias although I thought they could have done a lot more with his character. I also enjoyed the nurses.

All in all the acting was great, but Haley Lu Richardson steals the entire film with her great performance.


The plot and story was where the film really started to go down hill for me. It was very clichéd and formulaic.

Again clichés aren't necessarily bad when done right, but so much of this film felt forced and a little generic.

This was the basic boy meets girl story. They meet then fall in love, then breakup only to get back together. That wasn't bad, but it's all done in the first half making the rest of the seem to drag on with no clear goal. I thought the ending felt a little rushed and forced.

There were also some interesting characters that felt wasted. Cole Sprouse's character was interesting and in the end I really did like him, buy her never reached his potential. His character didn't really get developed and ultimately left a lot to be desired.

Moises Arias character also didn't receive the attention he deserved. He started off interesting, but all his development ultimately gets dumped. In the end his character felt a little flat, and wasn't nearly as effective as he should've been.

With that being said Five Feet Apart still had a lot of beautiful and touching moments. Despite it's many flaws I still found the plot to be very effective even if it was a little messy.


Five Feet Apart definitely had it's fair share of flaws and it was far from perfect. It was very formulaic and clichéd, and it left a lot of potential untapped.

With that being said I still loved Five Feet Apart despite it's many flaws. Haley Lu Richardson was amazing, and I loved the chemistry between her and Cole Sprouse.

This film had a lot of beautiful heartwarming moments, as well as touching heartbreaking moments. All in all Five Feet Apart was a flawed, but solid film.

3 stars for Five Feet Apart

© 2019 Royce Proctor


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