The Fault in Our Stars is predominantly trite, sentimental, contrived, pretentious, and emotionally manipulative.
Shailene Woodley plays a surface-level characterization of a teenage girl suffering from terminal cancer. The character ends there, however, as she is a person defined solely by her illness and not much more. Ansel Elgort is one of the better aspects of this film, though his character is similarly lacking in depth and also responsible for uttering some of the more cringe-inducing lines.
Their relationship on screen feels forced, unfortunately, and this results in the film relying on wistful indie rock to convey emotion and meaning—especially in some of the films more supposedly emotional scenes.
The script is painfully predictable and more than a little poorly…