Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart

2019, PG-13, 116 min. Directed by Justin Baldoni. Starring Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, Parminder Nagra, Kimberly Hebert Gregory.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., March 22, 2019

Sick-lit is the romance genre du jour, for young adults (and some of us older folks, too), a weepy mixture of first love and terminal illness with an inevitable conclusion. Five Feet Apart is the latest of these onscreen boy-meets-girl stories, and it’s a one-hanky cry.

Here, the incurable disease is cystic fibrosis, a hereditary condition in which the lungs progressively deteriorate as the body produces a thick, sticky mucus that compromises the respiratory system. Now in their late teens, both Stella (Richardson, in a strong performance) and Will (Sprouse) have lived most of their lives in and out of hospitals with this affliction, undergoing surgery after surgery to stave off life-threatening infections and chasing experimental drug trials in the hope of a longer life expectancy. Their initial meeting outside the neonatal intensive care unit for CF-diagnosed newborns sparks an attraction between the two (why else would they bicker like that?), but this love story is more complicated than most. Patients with cystic fibrosis must literally keep their distance from each other, or else risk the transmission of highly contagious bacteria with possibly fatal consequences. No touching, no hugging, no kissing, no sex, no physical contact of any kind between them. A shared medical condition can empathetically bond people who are similarly afflicted, but this particular disease is one that also keeps them apart.

Five Feet Apart gives you an idea of the day-to-day reality of a terminally ill teenager, one measured by the daily ingestion of multiple medications and bounded by a social circle that rarely goes beyond a hospital floor. It’s the expected life for a geriatric, not for someone barely on the cusp of adulthood. Thankfully, Stella and Will’s euphoric rush of attraction provides some temporary relief. Who would have thought the sight of them walking down a hallway, each holding the end of a pool cue marking a five-foot distance between them, could be so sweetly romantic? But the melodramatic conventions of Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis’ original screenplay cut this happiness short in a sequence of absurd events that include an icy plunge in a frozen pond, leading to a forbidden meeting of lips in the form of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. And it only gets cornier (and less believable) from there. Perhaps the fault lies not in our stars, but in our shameless need for a sappy ending.

Showtimes

Thu., March 21

11:05am, 2:30, 6:15, 9:25

Fri., March 22

10:25am, 1:30, 4:45, 8:15, 11:40

Sat., March 23

11:30am, 2:45, 6:00, 10:00

Sun., March 24

11:55am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:35

Mon., March 25

11:35am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:20

Tue., March 26

2:45, 6:00, 9:20
AFA 11:35am

Wed., March 27

11:35am, 2:45, 6:00, 9:20

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:40, 3:30, 6:20

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 10:10am, 1:00, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 10:40am, 1:30, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 10:10am, 1:00, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:10

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:10, 10:50

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:10

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Thu., March 21

digital 10:30am, 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:15

Fri., March 22

digital 10:30am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:30

Sat., March 23

digital 10:30am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35

Sun., March 24

digital 10:30am, 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35

Mon., March 25

digital 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35

Tue., March 26

digital 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35

Wed., March 27

digital 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Thu., March 21

digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Fri., March 22

digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

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digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

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digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Mon., March 25

digital 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10

Tue., March 26

digital 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10

Wed., March 27

digital 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10

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digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Fri., March 22

digital 10:20am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20

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digital 10:20am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20

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digital 10:20am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20

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digital 10:20am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20

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digital 10:20am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20

Wed., March 27

digital 10:20am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Thu., March 21

digital 10:05am, 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25

Fri., March 22

digital 10:35am, 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20

Sat., March 23

digital 10:35am, 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20

Sun., March 24

digital 10:35am, 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20

Mon., March 25

digital 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20

Tue., March 26

digital 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20

Wed., March 27

digital 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., March 21

digital 10:50am, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10

Fri., March 22

digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15

Sat., March 23

digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15

Sun., March 24

digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15

Mon., March 25

digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15

Tue., March 26

digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15

Wed., March 27

digital 10:20am, 1:20, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Thu., March 21

digital 9:15am, 12:20, 3:25, 6:30, 9:45

Fri., March 22

digital 10:10am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Sat., March 23

digital 10:10am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Sun., March 24

digital 10:10am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Mon., March 25

digital 12:40, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

Tue., March 26

digital 12:40, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

Wed., March 27

digital 12:40, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Thu., March 21

1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:00

Fri., March 22

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:00

Sat., March 23

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:00

Sun., March 24

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:00

Mon., March 25

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:00

Tue., March 26

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:00

Wed., March 27

10:15am, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:00

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Thu., March 21

11:20am, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

Fri., March 22

10:30am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15

Sat., March 23

10:30am, 1:30, 5:00, 8:05, 10:20

Sun., March 24

10:30am, 1:30, 5:00, 8:00, 10:15

Mon., March 25

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45

Tue., March 26

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45

Wed., March 27

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Thu., March 21

CC 12:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:45

Fri., March 22

CC 12:00, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40

Sat., March 23

CC 9:40am, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40

Sun., March 24

CC 12:00, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40

Mon., March 25

CC 12:00, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40

Tue., March 26

CC 12:00, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40

Wed., March 27

CC 12:00, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 12:45, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 10:15

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 10:15

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 10:15

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 10:15

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 10:15

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 10:15

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Thu., March 21

12:00, 3:15, 6:45, 10:10

Fri., March 22

12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20

Sat., March 23

12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20

Sun., March 24

12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20

Mon., March 25

12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20

Tue., March 26

12:45, 4:00, 7:30, 10:40

Wed., March 27

12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 1:45, 4:45, 7:50

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:50, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:50, 4:45, 7:45

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:45

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:45

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:45

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Thu., March 21

10:00am, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:10

Fri., March 22

9:30am, 12:30, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Sat., March 23

9:30am, 12:30, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Sun., March 24

9:30am, 12:30, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Mon., March 25

12:45, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Tue., March 26

12:45, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Wed., March 27

12:45, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Thu., March 21

1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40

Fri., March 22

11:40am, 2:50, 6:30, 9:45

Sat., March 23

11:40am, 2:50, 6:30, 9:45

Sun., March 24

11:10am, 2:20, 6:30, 9:45

Mon., March 25

11:40am, 2:50, 6:30, 9:50

Tue., March 26

11:40am, 2:50, 6:30, 9:45

Wed., March 27

11:40am, 2:50, 6:30, 9:45

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Thu., March 21

7:15, 10:15

Fri., March 22

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Sat., March 23

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Sun., March 24

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Mon., March 25

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Tue., March 26

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

Wed., March 27

10:00am, 1:10, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Thu., March 21

11:20am, 2:20, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25

Fri., March 22

11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00

Sat., March 23

11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00

Sun., March 24

11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:20

Mon., March 25

1:40, 4:20, 6:50

Tue., March 26

1:50, 4:40, 7:20

Wed., March 27

1:50, 4:40, 7:20

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Thu., March 21

10:50am, 1:20, 4:00, 6:40, 8:30, 9:20

Fri., March 22

11:20am, 1:10, 4:00, 6:40, 8:50

Sat., March 23

11:20am, 1:10, 4:00, 6:40, 8:50

Sun., March 24

11:20am, 1:10, 4:00, 6:40, 8:50

Mon., March 25

12:50, 3:20, 6:30, 8:50

Tue., March 26

12:50, 3:20, 6:30, 8:50

Wed., March 27

12:50, 3:20, 6:30, 8:50

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Thu., March 21

11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

Fri., March 22

11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

Sat., March 23

11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

Sun., March 24

11:00am, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

Mon., March 25

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Tue., March 26

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Wed., March 27

1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:30, 10:10

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 11:15am, 1:55, 4:35, 6:50, 9:15

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 11:15am, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:15

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 11:15am, 1:55, 4:35, 6:50, 9:15

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Five Feet Apart, Justin Baldoni, Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, Parminder Nagra, Kimberly Hebert Gregory

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