The Fault In Our Stars ***1/2

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Is there anyone more loveable on screen than Shailene Woodley right now? With “The Fault In Our Stars” and last summer’s “The Spectacular Now”, she has sort of solidified herself as a young leading lady with a lot of heart and pure intelligence. That is a rare thing indeed. Compare this to the lead female roles, if you want to call them that, in the new “Transformers” movie. There they just need to get away with wearing booty shorts and have the capability to recite cardboard dialogue.

This movie is based off of a very popular book of the same name. Woodley plays Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old cancer patient, whose parents force to her attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters, portrayed by Ansel Elgort. Elgort I am not familiar with but here he plays Augustus as one of the warmest and nicest boys that I have seen in a movie. Their chemistry together is magnetic right from the start. They have real conversations about life which is becoming so rare these days in movies about teens.

Be warned that this movie might bring you to tears. It gets a bit melodramatic in the end but the performances remain so real that they will tug on the heart strings and cause the eyes to get a little watery.

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