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June 19, 2014 3:45 pm
Love and fatal illness were heavenly box-office twins in Love Story and are back in The Fault in Our Stars. The film, from a weepie bestseller by John Green, is barely distinguishable from its 1970 screen predecessor, especially if the mists of time – or tears if you’re the target viewer the makers seek – render you powerless to distinguish puppy-pretty Ansel Elgort from Ryan O’Neal or plucky-tomboyish Shailene Woodley from Ali MacGraw. (Elgort and Woodley were both in the teen hit Divergent , first learning how to instil ecstasy in the acne generation.) The movie will be the stuff of truth and tragedy for some; for others, crafted schmaltz with an eye on the money.
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