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Blu-ray Review: Everything, Everything

August 15, 2017

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a teen girl who lives with her mother (Anika Noni Rose) in a completely sterile house, cut off from the rest of the physical world and not allowed to leave for fear that she will become dangerously sick due to a rare immune deficiency disorder.

Maddy’s only real friends, and the only ones allowed to visit the house, are her kind nurse Carla (Ana de la Reguera) and her daughter Rosa (Danube R. Hermosillo).  But when a new boy named Olly (Nick Robinson) moves in next door, and catches her attention through the window, the two start to communicate online and through text messages, eventually leading Maddy to take the biggest risk of her life.

Directed by promising young indie filmmaker Stella Meghie, and adapted from Nicola Yoon’s bestselling young adult novel of the same name, Everything, Everything is a decent teen romance, even if its appeal doesn’t quite crossover from its target demographic.  The film does have a few shortcomings, many due to the largely predictable story.  The more stylistic touches, like attempts to add visual intrigue to the texting exchanges between Maddy and Olly by showing them as actual conversations in a futuristic restaurant and library with an astronaut looking on, also feel somewhat needlessly quirky.

The film as a whole isn’t as moving or memorable as something like The Fault in Our Stars, but it gets the job done for what it is.  If you can get past the leaps of logic and the somewhat melodramatic tone, Everything, Everything is an enjoyable enough teen romance that is enlivened by its charming and easily likeable performances from Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson.

The Blu-ray also includes some deleted scenes and the short production featurette Trapped in Love: The Story of Everything, Everything.

Everything, Everything is a Warner Bros. release.  It’s 126 minutes and rated PG.

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