When it was announced back in February that Josh Boone would direct the big-screen adaptation of John Green's beloved "The Fault in Our Stars," I immediately added the auteur's directorial debut, "Stuck in Love," to my must-see list. The film, which stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins and Nat Wolff, debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and opened in limited release this past weekend (earning the nerdfighter seal of approval along the way...).
"Stuck in Love" follows a family of novelists—the Borgens—as they fall in and out of romantic entanglements over the course of a year. Formerly titled "Writers," the film is, unsurprisingly, as much a paean to love as it is to the written word. And if you've read "The Fault in Our Stars," that coupling should sound all too familiar.
What struck me most about "Stuck in Love"—with an eye towards "The Fault in Our Stars"—was Boone's treatment of young love, specifically the relationship between Nat's sensitive-souled Rusty and his troubled girlfriend Kate (played by Liana Liberato).
A little background: To foster his children's writing careers, patriarch William (Greg) pays his offspring to keep journals, which he regularly checks for dates but supposedly doesn't read. That is, until a line of prose in Rusty's notebook catches his eye, and he continues on, confirming his suspicions that his son isn't having enough "experiences" from which to draw inspiration for his work. He tells a (rightfully) outraged Rusty to take chances, to live messily. It's advice Rusty takes to heart, soon confessing his feelings for his crush and embarking upon his first relationship. But teen romances rarely provides happily ever afters, and it's in Rusty's exquisitely expressed agony and ecstasy that I see shades of the heart-wrenching love story "The Fault in Our Stars" could become on the big screen.
And while Ansel Elgort beat out Nat for the role of Augustus—the fellow cancer patient whom protagonist Hazel Lancaster falls for—I truly hope that Nat does indeed land another part in the film, as he told MTV News he's considering. Especially if it's as fellow Cancer Kid Support Group member Isaac, seeing as Boone knows all too well how to lay bare Nat's youthful vulnerability.
"Stuck in Love" is open in limited release, opening wide July 26. "The Fault in Our Stars," starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, is scheduled to begin production this summer.
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