Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
Plot Keywords: hooded-sweatshirt / reference-to-pussy-riot / coffee-table / pig’s-foot / stuffed-animal-toy
Taglines: A little friendship never killed anyone.
Certificate: Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Chile:TE | Denmark:7 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 (DVD rating) | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:12A | Mexico:B | Norway:A (DVD rating) | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:PG13 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:12 | United Kingdom:12A | United States:PG-13
Cast: Thomas Mann , RJ Cyler , Olivia Cooke , Nick Offerman , Connie Britton , Molly Shannon , Jon Bernthal , Matt Bennett , Katherine Hughes , Masam Holden , Bobb’e J. Thompson , Gavin Dietz , Edward DeBruce III , Natalie Marchelletta , Chelsea Zhang , Marco Zappala , Kaza Marie Ayersman , Etta Cox , Karriem Sami , Hugh Jackman , Cheryl Kline , Joan Augustin , Mark Granatire , Kayana White , Linda Kanyarusoke , Drew Palajsa , Elly Silberstein , Nicole Tubbs , Bruno Mello , Jennifer Nicole Baker , Andrew James Bleidner , Zachary Bolen , Randon Bopp , Colleen Clark , Jessica David , Eric Filo , Joe Fishel , Chris Frank , Richard Guesman , Conor Hannon , Harmony Kasper , Cory Kopa , Frank Lagana , Jeremy Long , Zander Lyons , Jackson Nunn , LaTrallo Presley , Richard Restivo , Vince Ruggieri , Jake Scheib , Zoe Simek , Kevin Slone , Abigail Spear , John Tarr , Mike Walker , Evelyn Wawrzyniak , Eric Yeckley
Company: Indian Paintbrush
Country: United States
Released Date: 01 Jul 2015 (USA)
Film Location: Wood Street, Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA
Runtime: 105 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
somf » 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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