Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern
Scott Neustadter (Screenplay), Michael H. Weber (Screenplay), Josh Boone (Director)
Released: May 16th, 2014
Runtime: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
In the opening hour the film comes off sort of like a teen cancer version of (500) Days of Summer, which isn't all that surprising given that Neustadter and Weber were responsible for that film's script as well.
The different places where these two young people are is made clear from jump: Hazel wants to talk about what she's going through and Augustus wants to talk about anything but...it was refreshing that even from the first second he lays eyes on Hazel, Augustus doesn't see the oxygen tank or the tubing she must always wear in order to breathe.
When Hazel is encouraged to attend a cancer support group in a church basement, she meets Augustus, whose sunny disposition and tendency towards clever turns of phrase initially repel but ultimately charm Hazel and soon a bond develops between them.