Lately, teen rom-coms seem to be stuck on illnesses. Perhaps beginning with 2014’s The Fault in Our Stars, films like Then Came You, Five Feet Apart and Everything Everything have come out in quick succession. Words on Bathroom Walls seems to fall into this genre, this time exploring mental illness instead of physical or terminal illness.
Adam (Charlie Plummer) appears to be your typical awkward teenager, excited about pursuing his dream of becoming a chef. Expelled halfway through his senior year, Adam is diagnosed with schizophrenia and tries to begin again at a new school. There, he meets Maya (Taylor Russell), an outspoken and intelligent girl who inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. With her by his side and his parents trying to be as supportive as they can, Adam begins to see a life outside of his illness.
Directed by Thor Freudenthal, the film is based on the novel by Julia Walton and stars Charlie Plummer, Andy Garcia, Taylor Russell, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Devon Bostick, Lobo Sebastian with Molly Parker and Walton Goggins.
Featuring new music by The Chainsmokers, Words on Bathroom Walls is slated to be in theaters sometime this summer.