The emotional roller coaster that is Everything, Everything takes us on the ride of a lifetime with 18-year-old Maddy (Amandla Stenberg), who suffers from a rare immune deficiency that forces her to stay inside. Maddy’s life is turned upside-down when Olly (Nick Robinson) moves in next door and the two become friends.
Watching Maddy struggle with never being outside makes it impossible not to look at the world in a new way. Here’s how Everything, Everything can teach us all to open our eyes and see things differently…
Human company is so important
We’re so surrounded by other people that it’s easy to take for granted just how special human contact is. Everyone needs time on their own, but seeing Maddy stuck indoors reminds us that being in the company of others is how we truly learn about ourselves.
Appreciate the little things
Somethings are so ingrained in our everyday life that we barely realise they’re happening. Like breathing in fresh air, lying on the grass or watching the clouds go by. Seeing Maddy’s struggle reminds us that it’s the little day-to-day things that make life so rich.
Risks are worth taking
It can be hard to shake up our routine and take a leap of faith, but most of the time that’s how life gets so exciting. Maddy risks everything to experience things she never has, showing us we should follow our dreams and never regret what we haven’t done.
Families aren’t always perfect
Both Olly and Maddy come from homes that are far from normal. Maddy’s mum (Anika Noni Rose) stands in the way of any kind of normal life her daughter could ever live. While Olly’s dad can’t hold down a job forcing his family to constantly be on the move.
Sometimes words are just enough
They say actions speak louder than words, but when you can’t go outside and socialise in person, words are all you have. For Maddy and Olly their relationship very much starts in the written form, whether on post-It notes, pieces of paper or a simple text message. If they can fall in love through a window, anything’s possible…
Everything, Everything is in cinemas from August 18.