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Teen tear-jerker with a mascara warning

The Fault In Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel, Nat Wolff as Isaac and Ansel Elgort as Gus. Photo: PA Photo/Fox UK

The Fault In Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel, Nat Wolff as Isaac and Ansel Elgort as Gus. Photo: PA Photo/Fox UK

Only a frozen heart could be unmoved as ET bids farewell to Elliot, Bambi cries forlornly in the forest for his fallen mother or Carl falls in love with Ellie in the opening sequence to Pixar’s Up.

The Fault In Our Stars will offer a stern test to the waterproof mascara of every teenager who fell in love with John Green’s bestselling novel.

Josh Boone’s polished adaptation deftly plucks heartstrings to the point that a trickle of saltwater tears threatens to become an unstoppable torrent.

One tissue simply doesn’t suffice as scriptwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber navigate the tricky topic of terminal illness with wry humour and sensitivity.

The Fault In Our Stars is a beautifully sketched portrait of adolescence, anchored by emotionally raw performances from the talented cast.

Dern impresses as a parent braced for the anguish of burying her child, while Willem Dafoe injects spikiness to the role of Hazel’s favourite author, who doesn’t welcome fans with open arms.

Director Boone makes a couple of missteps. However, once our tear ducts start leaking, we forgive him and the script an occasional faux pas.

 

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