Articles, Film Reviews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a surprise. On the outside, the film looks to be like your typical, sappy young adult movie that contains a little humor and a lot of drama all rolled around themes of adolescence that haven’t been captured too successfully on screen in recent years. However, the film’s focus on witty and irregular narration offers a different internal perspective that maintains a sense of amusement while still navigating common ground within its genre.
 
After learning that his childhood friend turned high school acquaintance Rachel (Olivia Cooke) has been diagnosed with leukemia, Greg (Thomas Mann) is forced by his parents to rekindle any sort of friendship he once had with Rachel. At first, Rachel and Greg don’t really want much to do with each other. After all, Greg is an awkward jokester whose blunt droll remarks make conversation with Rachel perhaps more unbearable for her than if the metaphorical elephant were in the room. (“I’m not here because I pity you. I’m actually here just because my mom is making me.”)

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