Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Fault in Our Stars

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Fault in Our Stars

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Directed by Josh Boone (Fox 2000 Pictures, 2014)

There's no getting around it: This is a movie about kids with cancer. It's going to make you cry. But The Fault In Our Stars is also going to make you laugh. And, even though it's an adaptation of a young adult novel, this movie will touch you whether you are young, old, or somewhere in between.

Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) are two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group. Outwardly, the plot traces their journey to meet the reclusive author of their favorite book, who lives in Amsterdam. But really the film is a story about life, love, and loss.

Hazel is consumed with trying to limit the amount of emotional damage that her terminal diagnosis will eventually inflict on others. In the background, we subtly see the pain carried by Hazel's parents, played superbly by Laura Dern and Sam Trammell. But as Hazel learns, all the people she is worried about hurting consider it a privilege to have been hurt by her. …

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