DETROIT (WWJ) – The Fault In Our Stars is the kind of movie that’ll affect you long after the credits roll. It’s a story about two teenagers, Hazel and Gus – both with cancer – who fall in love. It tells their love story, the fears they have about their health issues and how the challenges they face affect their loved ones.

Soon after Hazel and Gus meet in a cancer support group, they become inseparable, eventually embarking on an incredible journey where both discover what’s really important to them.

Shailene Woodley, starring as Hazel, and Ansel Elgort, who stars as Augustus (Gus) Waters, deliver powerful performances. Woodley, who starred in “Divergent” along with Elgort (who played her brother in the film) says it was after reading the book by John Green that she decided she wanted to be a part of the film.

“The universal messages, I just thought were so important and so integral for humanity these days to hear,” Woodley said. “And if we were able to take such a beautiful lesson and deliver it to the world in an artistic form, such as like visual media … very rarely do you go to the movies and leave feeling like your world has been completely rocked for the better.”

Woodley is absolutely right. If you manage to walk out of the theater feeling anything less, you’re missing something. The love shared between these two teens and the universal message they share is so special and so touching it’s impossible NOT to get emotional. In fact, at the screening I attended, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place. So, be sure to take tissue, and plenty of it, because you’ll definitely need it.

Milica "Mila" Govich, courtesy Oakland University

Milica “Mila” Govich, courtesy Oakland University

Also starring in The Fault In Our Stars along with Woodley and Elgort are Laura Dern and Sam Trammell as Hazel’s parents, Frannie and Michael Lancaster; Nat Wolff as Isaac; and Willem Dafoe as author Peter Van Houten. Oakland University Theatre Professor Milica “Mila” Govich stars as Gus’ mom, Mrs. Waters.

The Fault In Our Stars is rated PG-13. Directed by Josh Boone.

See you at the movies!

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