Movie Review: Everything, Everything

Movie Review: Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything is based upon the book of the same name, which I haven't read but would now like to read. It focuses on a girl who has SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency), aka "bubble boy" (or in this case, "bubble girl") disorder, and who hasn't left her house in the past 17 years.

Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg, The Hunger Games) wants to experience the world, but since she has SCID, she can't. She's lucky in that her mother, Pauline (Anika Noni Rose, The Princess and the Frog) is a doctor, so she is well taken care of; the only other people allowed in the house are Rosa (Danube R. Hermosillo), her nurse, and Rosa's teenage daughter, who is about the same age as Maddy but is leaving for college soon. When a new boy, Olly (Nick Robinson, The Kings of Summer) moves in next door, he and Maddy start texting, and eventually Rosa allows him to visit her, once. Maddy eventually wants more, though, and must push her disorder to see how much she can live a full life, despite having SCID.

Stenberg is best known for playing Rue in the first Hunger Games movie, and she's grown up a lot since then - she was a good actress then, but is great now. Rose, who plays her mother, is also very good here - we can see how worried she gets about her daughter. Robinson is good in his role as well - I last saw him in the movie The Kings of Summer, but I didn't initially recognize him here because his hair is much longer.

Yes, see this movie. It's your basic teen "meet-cute movie," with a twist, since Maddy can't leave the house. There's also a much larger twist at the end that I did not see coming, which I found very interesting, and that's why I now want to read the book. Both the cinematography and the music in the movie were great, too. I'll be curious to see if this does well at the box office, either because of its star power or because of fans of the book going to see it, but I hope it does, as it was a cute and well-done film.

Everything, Everything is in theaters today, May 19th, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 96 minutes. 3.5 stars out of 5.

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