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Five Feet Apart
A boy and a girl facing each other.

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Directed byJustin Baldoni
Written by
  • Mikki Daughtry
  • Tobias Iaconis
Produced by
  • Cathy Schulman
  • Justin Baldoni
  • Christopher H. Warner
  • Haley Lu Richardson
  • Cole Sprouse
  • Moisés Arias
  • Kimberly Hébert Gregory
  • Parminder Nagra
  • Claire Forlani
CinematographyFrank G. DeMarco
Edited byAngela M. Catanzaro
Music by
  • Brian Tyler
  • Breton Vivian


  • CBS Films
  • Welle Entertainment
  • Wayfarer Entertainment
Distributed byLionsgate

Release date

  • March 15, 2019

Running time

116 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$7 million[2]
Box office$92.6 million[3]

Five Feet Apart is a 2019 American romantic drama film directed by Justin Baldoni (in his directorial debut)[4] and written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. The film was inspired by Claire Wineland, who suffered from cystic fibrosis.[5] Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse play two young patients with cystic fibrosis who try vĩ đại have a relationship despite being forced vĩ đại stay six feet apart from each other. The film was released in the United States on March 15, 2019 by CBS Films via Lionsgate.[6] It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $92 million worldwide.


Teenagers Stella Grant and Will Newman have cystic fibrosis (CF), a progressive genetic disorder that damages organs and makes patients vulnerable vĩ đại infections. Because of their compromised immune systems, patients with CF should not get closer vĩ đại each other than thở six feet. Stella, who copes with her illness by trying vĩ đại maintain control of her daily regimen, takes her medication religiously and follows doctors' orders precisely. Will, a cynical rebel whose prognosis is grim, is much more lackadaisical, an attitude that frustrates the meticulous Stella. Will has contracted B. cepacia, and is part of a new drug trial, but the infection makes him ineligible for a lung transplant. Stella has been on the transplant list for a very long time. When she discovers that Will is not doing his treatments, she tries vĩ đại help him. In return, Will only asks her for permission vĩ đại draw a picture of her. Will begins vĩ đại watch Stella's social truyền thông media videos. Over time, they begin doing their treatments together. Will and Stella fall in love, but they can't get closer than thở six feet vĩ đại each other.

Stella's G-tube becomes infected, and she has vĩ đại undergo surgery vĩ đại get it replaced. Will discovers that Stella's sister Abby, who unfailingly cared for Stella, died from a botched daredevil stunt one year ago. Because Abby is dead, Stella must face the operation alone, while wracked with survivor guilt. After learning of Abby's death, Will shows up vĩ đại tư vấn Stella, and he sings her the tuy vậy Abby always thanh lịch vĩ đại her before surgery.

As Will leaves Stella's surgical prep room, he is caught by nurse Barb. Barb tells him a story about two people with CF who died after they fell in love and broke the six-foot rule, contaminating each other. Will realizes he loves Stella too much vĩ đại endanger her, ví he tells her he can't see her anymore. Stella becomes upset and angry but eventually plans vĩ đại meet Will. She decides vĩ đại take back one foot that CF has stolen from her, and carries a pool cue that measures exactly five feet ví she can keep precisely that far away from Will.[7]

On Will's birthday, Stella's best friend Poe, another CF patient, dies. As an act of rebellion against CF, the two leave the hospital vĩ đại visit the lights that Stella could see from her hospital room, as Stella has long dreamed of doing.

While away from the hospital, Stella receives a text that her lung transplant is en route, which she ignores. She falls through the ice of a frozen pond as she and Will leave vĩ đại go back vĩ đại the hospital. She struggles but is near death when Will reaches into the water and pulls her out. Even though saliva tương tác is very dangerous for two people with CF, he gives her CPR vĩ đại save her life. Stella survives, and Will and Stella are brought back vĩ đại the hospital. Will fears that CPR he gave her may have infected her with B. cepacia, but Stella's lung transplant goes smoothly, and miraculously, she has not contracted B. cepacia.

Meanwhile, Will finds out that the drug trial he has been on has not been working for him. While Stella is still under anesthesia following the transplant, her parents, Will's mother, and the nurses and doctors help Will mix up the lights outside of Stella's room. After realizing he would likely infect her, Will decides vĩ đại say a final goodbye vĩ đại Stella and confesses his love for her. Before he leaves, he gives her his sketchbook of drawings he had done of her and her friends during their stay in the hospital.


  • Haley Lu Richardson as Stella Grant
    • Evangeline Hill as young Stella
  • Cole Sprouse as William "Will" Newman
  • Moisés Arias as Poe Ramirez
    • Kristopher Perez as young Poe
  • Kimberly Hébert Gregory as Nurse Barbara
  • Emily Baldoni as Nurse Julie
  • Parminder Nagra as Dr. Hamid
  • Claire Forlani as Meredith Newman
  • Cynthia Evans as Erin Grant
  • Gary Weeks as Tom Grant
  • Sophia Bernard as Abby Grant
    • Ivy Dubreuil as young Abby
  • Cecilia Leal as Camila


In January 2017, Tobias Iaconis and Mikki Daughtry sold their untitled screenplay vĩ đại CBS Films for Justin Baldoni vĩ đại produce and direct.[8]

Baldoni first became involved with cystic fibrosis when he directed the documentary My Last Days. He met YouTuber Claire Wineland and subsequently hired her as a consultant for the film. Wineland died from complications of a lung transplant for CF in September, 2018, a few months after filming was completed.[9]

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In January 2018, Cole Sprouse was cast vĩ đại star in the film, now entitled Five Feet Apart.[10][11] In April of that year, Haley Lu Richardson was also mix vĩ đại star, and Moisés Arias joined in a supporting role.[12][13] Principal production began a month later on May 25 in New Orleans, Louisiana[14][15] and concluded on June 26.[16]

The film's title refers vĩ đại the "six foot rule", a guideline from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which states that cystic fibrosis patients should be kept at least six feet (1.8 m) apart from each other, vĩ đại lower the risk of cross-infection. In 2020, about a year after the movie's release, a similar guideline for social distancing vĩ đại help slow the spread of COVID-19 would become nearly universal.[17]

A novelization of the screenplay by Rachael Lippincott was published in November, 2018.[18]

Brian Tyler and Breton Vivian composed the score. The soundtrack was released on Lakeshore Records.


The novel was published in November 2018 which allowed printing vĩ đại begin in February of the following year. The first print lập cập consisted of 90,000.[19] These copies were used vĩ đại promote the upcoming release of the film.

The film was released on March 15, 2019, by CBS Films via Lionsgate.[20] The studio spent $12 million on prints and advertising.[21]


Box office[edit]

Five Feet Apart grossed $45.7 million in the United States and Canada and $34.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $80.1 million, against a production budget of $7 million.[3]

In the United States and Canada, Five Feet Apart was released alongside Captive State and Wonder Park, and was projected vĩ đại gross $6–10 million from 2,600 theaters in its opening weekend.[22][2] The film made $5.4 million on its first day, including $715,000 from Thursday night previews. Its three-day gross was $13.1 million, finishing third, behind Captain Marvel and Wonder Park.[21] The film fell 35% in its second weekend, grossing $8.5 million, and dropped another 27% in its third weekend, earning $6.3 million.[23][24]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 53% based on 128 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Elevated considerably by Haley Lu Richardson's performance but bogged down by clichés, Five Feet Apart doesn't tug at the heartstrings quite as deftly as it should."[25] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 53 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[26] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ vĩ đại F scale, while filmgoers at PostTrak gave it 3+12 out of 5 stars.[21]

Andrew Barker of Variety praised the performance of Richardson, which he called "a star turn," though described the film as an "otherwise formulaic teen romance."[27] Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times praised Richardson for the depth and range of her performance.[28] Caroline Siede of The A.V. Club commended the lead performances but said "In the over... even Richardson and Sprouse can't fully overcome the clumsy mawkishness around them."[29]

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Responses from the cystic fibrosis community were mixed. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation welcomed the opportunity vĩ đại raise awareness about the struggle many patients experience with the disease,[30] while others found fault with the film's depiction of medically dangerous behavior.[31] Others voiced concern about a terminal illness being romanticized and trivialized as a Hollywood teen romance plot device.[32]

One doctor from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital voiced their concern by stating the movie had false premises on the "six foot rule" vĩ đại begin with.[33] The doctor shared that the "six foot rule" was only accurate when outdoors.[33] They continued vĩ đại share that when indoors, the "six foot rule" would be ineffective due vĩ đại the fact that hospitals have one AC system, spreading the bacteria in a closed system.[33] According vĩ đại Healthy Balance, by the University of Virginia, other myths about Cystic Fibrosis are exposed during the film. It is portrayed that Cystic Fibrosis is contagious by cough when in fact, it is not.[34] As well, the film shows the two lovestruck teens with oxygen tanks when that is not the case for everyone with cystic fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis can be diagnosed as unnoticable.[34]

The film was promoted using Instagram, where the studio paid influencers vĩ đại post about hardships involving love and physical distance.[32] Many of the posts discussed family members who lived far away; the promotion was perceived as tone-deaf and trivializing a fatal disease.[35] After the ensuing backlash, the chiến dịch was pulled, and the studio apologized.[35]

See also[edit]

  • Everything, Everything
  • Midnight Sun
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Keith
  • A Walk vĩ đại Remember
  • Love Story
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • The Space Between Us
  • Contagion
  • Me Before You


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External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Five Feet Apart at IMDb