Everything, Everything

Adapted from a young-adult novel by Nicola Yoon, this tepid melodrama centers on a teenage girl with a rare immunodeficiency disorder whose mother has confined her to the house since infancy. When a cute boy moves in next door, he woos the girl and inspires her to step outside her home. The suburban house where most of this takes place is a marvel of luxurious postmodern design; in fact it’s more interesting than either of the leads, who never develop any chemistry. Director Stella Meghie fails to establish any sense of danger around the heroine’s medical condition; a greater feeling of risk might have made the romance affecting, but the film delivers only shiny surfaces.