R&A 15: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

1 h 44 min  |  Love&Anarchy  |  Release Date: 17.9.2015

Mashing live action and animation, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl lies somewhere between (500) Days of Summer and The Fault in Our Stars. Thomas Mann (Project X) plays a perennial layabout, Greg Gaines, who wiles away his time making lo-fi parodies of arthouse films with his best friend Earl (Ronald Cyler II). Then his overbearing mother (Connie Britton) forces him to visit his terminally ill classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a girl he barely knows. They hit it off, Gaines’s slacker humour keeping her entertained (and the audience, thanks to a droll voiceover). When her illness takes centre stage, the film’s emotional charge goes beyond the merely sentimental.

The casting is excellent (especially Molly Shannon as Rachel’s alcoholic mother) and the script is sharp and authentic. High-school students have plenty of growing pains to offload, and Gomez-Rejon clearly knows what makes them tick. His film is at once buzzy, fun and confronting. Certainly, it has the hallmarks of mainstream success, with a swagger that’s refreshing and infectious.

-Ed Gibbs, The Guardian

Language: English / Subtitles: -

    

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