Directed By: Stella Meghie
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera, Taylor Hickson, Danube Hermosillo, Dan Payne, et. al.
Seventeen year old Maddy has been raised in near-isolation due to having a compromised immune system. With her entire world thus far consisting of her mother, nurse, on-line support group, and the books she reads, she becomes drawn to Olly, the boy who has moved in next door. At first only communicating with him through text messages and e-mail, Maddy quickly finds herself falling in love. After several weeks of messages and short meetings when her mother isn’t around, Maddy decides that she’s tired of only reading about the world, and asks Olly come with her when she runs away to experience life for herself. However, after becoming ill on her trip, Maddy receives news that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her life and her illness.
While the basic storyline is typical of most YA novels and the movies made from them, this movie does a good job of showing just how far some parents will go to keep their child safe, and gives an eerie portrayal of Munchausen-by-proxy. Beyond that, the story is a typical boy-meets-girl trope that one finds in nearly every teen book/movie. Stenberg and Robinson, both rising stars in their own right, do a good job with the material they’re given to work with, and manage to make you care about their characters. The reveal toward the end of the movie is somewhat surprising, though you can sort of see it coming if you look for the signs.
What few special effects are used are pretty good, and the background filler goes unnoticed.
Like most adaptations of YA novels, this movie is more likely to appeal to teenage girls than anyone else. While the story is interesting and well the movie is well-made, it’s still something that won’t appeal to most people. Those who do enjoy it will likely be able to watch is more than once without tiring of it.
Everything, Everything is currently not available free to stream, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.