Based on the young adult best stellar, you could easily write this one off as a sappy when-cancer-meets-Romeo-and-Juliet. That would be a huge mistake. Yes- this is a tearjerker. How can it not be??!! Two teens with cancer find love in a cancer support group. This is a funny sad story (as strange as that sounds) and actually one of the best of the year, thanks to writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber of “(500) Days Of Summer” fame , director Josh Boone and of course Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who play brother/sister in “Divergent”. Laura Dern is quite effective as her mom. Willem Dafoe has a small but pivotal role, alongside a terrific Nat Wolff (“Palo Alto”) as a friend who’s about to lose his eyesight to cancer.
While this sounds depressing, these cancer patients have no self-pity. If anything, this all about LIVING and LOVING. Our couple most-unlikely-to-have-a-happy-ending are acerbic, intelligent and anything but maudlin. This is not just a great teen romancer, it’s a great romancer , period. But yeah- bring the Kleenex.