Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.


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11 May 2015 | somf
9
| Enjoyed every moment of this film
I have to start my review with discussing the inevitable comparisons with "The Fault in Our Stars". John Green fans would find it blasphemous to say this is a superior film but it certainly is. I don't think that I can argue that the characters in TFIOS are more realistic, but the whole unique style and quirkiness of MAEATDG make it a true classic of the teen genre like "The Breakfast Club" or "Breaking Away". It as important as many of the films to which Earl and Greg pay homage with their own hilarious versions.

So many of the same subjects that one finds in any film about the coming of age of high school students exist in this film, but the director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon puts his own stamp on what could otherwise be called cliché. Kudos to Gomez-Rejon whose previous work has been with several Fox TV shows. He should have a good career in film from here on out.

Olivia Cooke as Rachel, Thomas Mann as Greg, and RJ Cyler as Earl are all fantastic. I was familiar with Olivia Cooke before but not the other two. I expect to see a lot more from all of them.

The adults are all superbly cast as well. Molly Shannon spends the movie with a glass of white wine in one hand drowning the pain of dealing with her daughter's plight. Connie Briton and Nick Offerman are wonderful as Greg's parents, with Nick showing that the eccentricities of the child do not fall far from the tree.

I saw this tonight at a screening in Denver at an art house cinema called "The Mayan" It was built probably in the 30s or 40s most likely a single cinema that they did a pop top on to create two more theaters. Those two upstairs theaters are odd to say the least. The leg room is less than economy class on Spirit Air and the screen is not much more than double the size of my screen at home. Probably less that 150 seats as well.Weird place to show the film, since the theater downstairs is really quite nice. I bring this up because I hope this film gets seen by more than the art- house crowd. It really should have mass appeal. I assume Fox hopes to build strong word of mouth on Me and Earl. Well let me help them. Just go see this film. You won't regret it.

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Trivia

The main character (Greg) is played by Thomas Mann. Thomas Mann is also the name of a German author who wrote Death in Venice, the book behind one of the movies, of which Greg and Earl made a spoof.


Quotes

Greg: So again, if this was a touching, romantic story we'd obviously fall in love and she'd say all the wise, beautiful things that can only be learned in life's twilight or whatever. And then she'd die in my arms. But again, that's not what happened. ...


Goofs

In the ending credits, under "Special Thanks To" they list Children's Hospital of Pittsburg twice.


Alternate Versions

There was a scene in which Greg films himself for Rachel's movie, and ends up saying, "Hi, Rachel. Um, Earl's right. All the ways that we tried to make a film for you, just kind of turned out completely horrible. So, yeah. It got me thinking about the reason that we wanted to make this film for you in the first place, and, you know, when it comes right down to it, and you just say it, without screwing around, um, I believe in you. You can do it." Those last lines are the same as what all the other students said, and Greg and Earl disliked when they said that. In this scene, Greg looks at a bunch of cameras on his shelf, realizes how phony he is, and turns off the camera. It was cut from the movie because the director thought the movie would be better without it, even though it was hard to say goodbye to.


Soundtracks

Barcarolle Fantasy
Written by
Jacques Offenbach
Arranged by Frederic Sans
Courtesy of APM Music

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Genres

Comedy | Drama

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$196,496 14 June 2015

Gross USA:

$6,758,416

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,074,749

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