The teen romance is one of the most enduring subgenres around, though in recent years has moved away from your standard Romeo and Juliet tale to Romeo and Juliet, but one of them has cancer. The Fault in Our Stars, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Me Before You, If I Stay, The Choice— they're all about perfect couples whose only obstacle to having a long life together is that one of them is going to die.
The Space Between Us is the latest movie looking to break your heart with a love story about someone with an actual broken heart, and it easily has the most ludicrous plot of them all. It's about a boy secretly born aboard a spaceship on a mission to Mars who grows up on the Red Planet in relative isolation from our green-grass ways. At 16 he heads to Earth to find the father, but there's a problem. He grew up in a low-gravity environment, and life on Earth will eventually kill him. So naturally he escapes the life of being a lab rat and tracks down a girl he's fallen in love with over the Internet.
So, yeah, like we said, ludicrous. But still, Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson look just adorable together, so it's hard not to pull for them to overcome the Martian's brittle bones and find a way to make their interplanetary love work. What a delightfully weird sentence to write.
The Space Between Us hits theaters on August 19, 2016.