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Updated: 02/09/2017 08:30:02AM

A safe bet for Valentine’s Day

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“The Space Between Us” is rated PG-13 for brief sensuality and language, and has a runtime of 120 minutes.

By ROBERT MILLER

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If you told me a year ago, that I would be watching a teen romance I would have laughed. That’s not my genre and usually I steer away from them. Fast forward to 2017 and, so far, my time in the theaters has been just a mile short of awesome. The last three movies alone (“Resident Evil the Final Chapter,” “Split,” and “Underworld: Blood War”) have all been major disappointments. I briefly struggled between “The Space Between Us” or “Rings.” Something told me to go off the norm and see “The Space Between Us.” That something was right.

If I had one word to describe this movie, it would be “safe.” It felt as if the screenwriters wanted to play it safe and not think too much outside the box here. Having said that, a love story between a boy on Mars and a girl on Earth is unique for the teen set.

Most, well all, teen romances are set on Earth, usually in post-apocalyptic settings or modern day. Or maybe because Mars has been in the news so much lately the filmmakers wanted to cash in on that. It’s a bit of outside the box thinking that works here and helps this movie stand apart from others like “The Fault in Our Stars” and “If I Stay.”

The story revolves around a boy named Gardener (Asa Butterfield) who was born and raised on Mars and an Earth-born girl, Tulsa (Britt Robertson), whom he communicating with through video chat.

The plot is straightforward, almost predictable. I never felt as if we were headed for a tragic ending, nor did the mystery of who was Gardener’s father elude me at all, as it did the characters for most of the movie. But that said, I never wanted to turn away, either. I was engrossed throughout the entire movie, never checking my watch or wanting to leave.

It’s a good date movie. Something that you can safely take a girl to that she won’t be kicking you later for making her sit through it. It’s a good popcorn movie. “The Space Between Us” is worth a viewing, not the paltry four viewers that my theater had. Give love a chance.

This will be the third movie I’ve reviewed that was set in some way in outer space. The previous two each received four stars out of five. While not as great as “Rogue One” this movie is the best thing I’ve seen since December. For being a good, yet safe movie, I give “The Space Between Us”:

3 stars out of 5

“The Space Between Us” is rated PG-13 for brief sensuality and language, and has a runtime of 120 minutes.


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