Directed by Josh Boone
Based on The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
*. Shailene Woodleyas Hazel Grace Lancaster
*. Ansel Elgortas Augustus Waters
*. Nat Wolffas Isaac
*. Laura Dernas Mrs. Lancaster
*. Sam Trammellas Mr. Lancaster
*. Mike Birbigliaas Patrick
*. Lotte Verbeekas Lidewij Vliegenthart
*. Willem Dafoeas Peter van Houten
*.Milica Govich as Mrs. Waters
*.David Whalen as Mr. Waters
*. Emily Peacheyas Monica
Sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster reluctantly attends a cancer patients’ support group at her mother’s behest. Because of her cancer, she uses a portable oxygen tank to breathe adequately. In one of the meetings she catches the eye of a teenage boy, and through the course of the meeting she learns the boy’s name is Augustus Waters. He’s there to support their mutual friend, Isaac. Isaac had a tumor in one eye that he had removed, and now he has to have his other eye taken out as well. After the meeting ends, Augustus approaches Hazel and tell her she is beautiful. He invites Hazel to his house to watch a movie, and while hanging out, the two discuss their experiences with cancer. Hazel reveals she has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. Augustus had osteosarcoma, but he is now cancer-free after having his leg amputated. Before Augustus takes Hazel home, they agree to read each other’s favorite novels. Augustus gives Hazel a book based on one of his favorite video games, and Hazel recommends An Imperial Affliction.
Hazel explains the magnificence of An Imperial Affliction: it is a novel about a girl named Anna who has cancer, and it’s the only account she’s read of living with cancer that matches her experience. She speculates about the novel’s mysterious author, Peter Van Houten, who fled to Amsterdam after the novel was published and hasn’t been heard from since.
A week after Hazel and Augustus discuss the literary meaning of An Imperial Affliction, Augustus miraculously reveals he tracked down Van Houten’s assistant, and through her he’s managed to start an email correspondence with the reclusive author. He shares Van Houten’s letter with Hazel, and she devises a list of questions to send Van Houten, hoping to clear up the novel’s ambiguous conclusion, and emails it to him. Van Houten replies, saying he could only answer Hazel’s questions in person. He invites her to stop by if she is ever in Amsterdam.
Shortly after, Augustus invites Hazel on a picnic. It turns out he’s planned an elaborate Dutch-themed picnic where he reveals that a charitable foundation that grants the wishes of kids with cancer has agreed to grant his: he’s taking the two of them to Amsterdam to meet Van Houten. She is thrilled, but when he touches her face she feels hesitant for some reason. Over time she realizes that she likes him a lot, but she knows she’ll hurt him when she dies. She compares herself to a grenade.
In the midst of her struggle over what to do about Augustus, Hazel suffers a serious episode in which her lungs fill with fluid and she goes to the ICU. Her parents and her team of doctors don’t think Hazel is strong enough to travel. Later, her mother surprises her by telling her they have found a way to take all her equipment to Amsterdam and they will be leaving in a few days.
The plans are made for Augustus, Hazel and Hazel’s mother to go to Amsterdam, but when Hazel and Augustus meet Van Houten they find that, instead of a prolific genius, he is a mean-spirited drunk who claims he cannot answer any of Hazel’s questions. The two leave Van Houten’s in utter disappointment, and, accompanied by Lidewij, who feels horrified by Van Houten’s behavior, they tour Anne Frank’s house. At the end of the tour, Augustus and Hazel share a romantic kiss, to the applause of spectators. They then head back to the hotel, where they make love for the first time.
The following day, Augustus confesses that while Hazel was in the ICU he had a body scan which revealed his cancer has returned and spread everywhere. They return to Indianapolis, and Hazel realizes Augustus is now the grenade. As his condition worsens he is less prone to his typical charm and confidence. Augustus’ condition deteriorates quickly. In his final days Augustus, arranges a pre-funeral for himself, and Isaac and Hazel give eulogies. Hazel steals a line from Van Houten about larger and smaller infinities. She says how much she loves Augustus, and that she would not trade their short time together for anything in the world.
Augustus dies eight days later. Hazel is astonished to find Van Houten at the funeral. Van Houten explains that he and Gus maintained correspondence and that Augustus was insistent that Van Houten attend his funeral. He tries to give Hazel a letter, but she angrily refuses and drives away crying.
A few days later, Isaac informs Hazel that the letter Van Houten had tried to give her was actually written by Augustus. Augustus wanted Van Houten to edit and compose a eulogy for Hazel based on his words. The novel concludes with Hazel reading Augustus’ words. He says getting hurt in this world is inevitable, but we do get to choose who we allow to hurt us, and that he is happy with his choice. He hopes she likes her choice too.