Movie Review: Everything, Everything
It's springtime, when a young man's fancy turns to love, so I decided to check out the new romance movie, based on the 2015 novel, Everything, Everything. It's a sweet little movie about a 17 year old girl, Maddy played by Amandla Stenberg, who's never left her home because she is told she has immuno-deficiency disorder (Bubble Boy Disease) and to step outside of her home's sterile enviorment could kill her. She seems happy only seeing two people in her life; her mother and her nurse, until a boy her age, Olly, moves in next door.
She begins a relationship with the boy through texting and sneaks peeks of him from her bedroom window. Soon that is just not enough for her and she longs to meet the boy in person. Her nurse Carla (Ana de la Reguera) arranges for the two to meet without telling her mother about it. When she finds out Maddy's mom, Anika Noni Rose, has a fit and fires Maddy's longtime nurse and friend. There are some more interesting twists and turns to the love story that I can't reveal because it would ruin the movie, but I'll just say things aren't always as they appear.
Everything, Everything is a movie about taking a chance on happiness and, even for an old guy like me who's been hardened by the world, it reminds us of the innocent love that we all used to have when we were younger. The relationship between Maddy and Olly is a hopeful one. I also liked the fact that there was never any mention of the obvious difference in race between the two young lovers. It was just a movie about a boy and a girl who fall in love.
The movie is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 96 minutes. Young girls will want to see this movie over and over again and for couples, who have been together for a long time, the movie might remind you of what it was like to first fall in love. The movie is a little sappy but it also has a great sense of hope and humor. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scare" I rate Everything, Everything a LARGE.