“The Space Between Us” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts.

You know by now that I love to start by looking at the title of a work. What the significance of this title, “The Space Between Us.” Obviously, it’s a bit of a pun, but does it go farther than that? What’s the “space”? And even more to the point, who is meant by the word “us” in the title?

In a topic related to the title, why do you think the filmmakers decided to tell this story in a science fiction context? Do the sci-fi aspects of this movie even matter? How do these sci-fi elements affect the narrative arc? How do they change the relationships between the characters?

As a teen romantic comedy, what major tropes and themes of its genre does this movie employ and how does it modify these elements to make them uniquely its own? You might want to consider one or more of the following: How does the couple meet? What do they have in common? What differences seem to divide them? When do they first know they are in love? How do they demonstrate their love? What inside jokes or cryptic romantic signals do they share? What stands as the ultimate gesture of love that each of them makes? How does their love story end?

Finally, here’s a chance for you to write your own movie review. This movie bombed at the box-office and got some pretty bad critical notes. One reviewer called it “a heap of unintentionally hilarious melodrama.” Another said it was a “joyless, consistently mediocre movie.” Still another wrote, “It’s heart is in the right place … but it comes across as another bland YA type film.” So, is “The Space Between Us” really as bad as all the film reviewers say? What works? What doesn’t? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Would you recommend it? If so, to whom?

Published by Chuck Caruso

writer of dark fiction (crime, horror & western noir), literary & textual scholar (american gothic, noir, po-co, sf), and cultural critic

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