Review by Monique Thompson
**SEMI SPOILER ALERT**
Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.
Everything, Everything has to be one of the cutest teenage love stories ever. Based on the novel by Nicola Yoon, the film tells the love story of two teens, Maddy and Olly, as they go against all odds just to be together. Maddy has been confined to her home for almost her entire life after her mother (Anika Noni Rose) has diagnosed her with SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency disorder). When Olly moves in next door, the two are immediately drawn to each other and have an undeniable chemistry. Yearning to give love a try and experience the world, Maddy becomes increasingly curious as to whether she is truly sick or not. That risk taking moment will change Maddy’s life forever.
So a bit of a spoiler, only because so many people may avoid seeing this film because of the notion it’s a sad, emotional charge of tears. I will dismiss that now by saying that is absolutely not the case here. What’s good about this is that the writers have taken what could have been a very somber and cold film and made it vibrant and warm. Maddy and Olly are simply adorable and have great on screen chemistry. The entire film is fun, and witty, and yes there are moments that can tug at you emotionally but they are the good warm and fuzzy moments that you should have when watching a romance movie.
With that part out of the way, Everything, Everything is simply that: EVERYTHING. After seeing the film, this definitely has me curious about the book now. Without spoiling anything further, this film is surely a must see.
STARRING: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera
In Theaters May 19th
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