The Fault in Our Stars

Rated 3.0

Romance blossoms between two teenage cancer patients (Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort). Directed by Josh Boone and adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber from John Green's wildly successful novel (124 weeks and counting on The New York Times Best Sellers list), the movie is Love Story for the 21st century—though that's a bit unfair: Love Story—book and movie—was lousy. This one, book and movie, is artfully constructed—a dash of Holden Caulfield without the acid, enough character for good actors to sink their teeth into, yet generic enough to appeal to a maximum teen audience. It's essentially a two-character show: Elgort is handsome and appealing, while Woodley continues her steady progress to stardom. Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Nat Wolff and Willem Dafoe pop in occasionally with sturdy support.