The Fault in Our Stars
Based on the eponymous novel by John Green, a teenage girl, stricken with cancer falls for a boy in her support group and the two form a bond as they deal with their illnesses.
“The Fault in Our Stars” is a poignant and moving story about two teens that meet in a support group and fall in love. They both have known great pain as Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) have had a close shave with cancer. “Hazel Grace” as Gus calls her has to carry oxygen around with her and Gus has a prosthetic leg, his original one lost to the cancer. They make each other laugh and both share an acerbic wit. They begin their relationship by sharing their favorite books with one another.
Gus helps make it possible for them to travel to Amsterdam, along with Hazel’s mother (Laura Dern), to meet the author of Hazel’s favorite book, and for her to ask him questions, like what happened after the conclusion of his book? The movie shows how important it is to realize one’s dreams while there is still time. The point is made that on a scale one to ten, that it is a ten to lose someone close to you. Despite the strong performances by the two leads, and the moving moments in the film, there are sadly a few strong utterances of language not to mention sex outside of marriage so we are unable to award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.