Movie Review: Two teenage lovers’ chemical sparks drive their”Chemical Hearts”


Seventeen-year-old Henry Page, played by Austin Abrams, has never been in love, and he fancies himself a romantic. But the kind of once-in-a-lifetime love he’s been hoping for just hasn’t happened yet.

Then on the first day of senior year, he meets transfer student Grace Town, played by Lili Reinhart, and it seems all is about to change when the two are chosen to co-edit the school paper.

He is immediately drawn to the mysterious newcomer, and as he learns the heartbreaking secret that has changed her life, he finds herself falling in love with her, or at least the person he thinks she is.

“Chemical Hearts” starts with Page saying, “You’re never more alive than when you’re a teenager.” As a young 18-year-old myself, I’ve never agreed more!

This stage of life is where you can make lifelong friends, finally drive, often party–keeping in mind the legal boundaries, of course–and maybe even date your school’s everyday Man Crush Monday.

Henry Page may not be the typical #MCM, but this ready to love-love-love man and heartbroken woman show perfect chemistry.

Both are editors of their school newspaper, and while Grace can never find the perfect words when writing, Henry can never find the perfect words when talking. What a match made in heaven, right? I mean, one literally has a communication skill the other doesn’t have, and vice versa.

Grace wears baggy, oversized clothes with dull colors and must use a cane. In fact, these two lovers’ communication was extremely awkward at first, but love truly does prove patient and kind.

These 93 minutes will shock you, make you crave for a significant other and yes, cry. How do young adults fall in love? Change for the better, or worse? Move on? Recover? “Chemical Hearts” shows it ALL — the excitement and awkwardness of meeting new people, falling in love with someone and the desire to hold onto that love for as long as you can.

If you’re an adult watching this film, you’ll probably become extremely nostalgic and realize why they all say, oh, the good ol’ days. If you’re a teenager watching? You’ll learn to appreciate your youth and live boldly while you’re young.

Now available on Prime Video. I hope you lay on your bed, eyes fixed to the screen and only focus on these two lovers, just as I did.