Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Review

meandearl_w300SCORE: 9.8 (EXCELLENT)

RATED: PG-13 (sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements)

NOT IN 3D

NOT IN RPX

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a quirky, smart, and hilarious coming of age film that is sure to be one of this year’s indie hits. The film takes many films about growing up and follows the template, but with the help of out of the box directing, great performances, and relatable characters, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a film about finding yourself that can be compared to greats such as Almost Famous, The Way Way Back, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and even Boyhood. The film follows a highschool senior named Greg, Greg has managed to get through highschool without making any real friendships or quarrels, he has been able to work his way into every click imaginable. Greg has one friend, who he considers to be his co-worker, named Earl. Earl and Greg are coworkers because they make bad movies together. One day, Greg’s mom finds out that a girl in his class named Rachel, who Gregg has gone to school with all of his life, has been diagnosed with leukemia and Greg is then forced to hang out with her. The film’s acting is easily one of it’s best qualities. Thomas Mann, who plays Greg gives an outstanding performance, he has both great dramatic and comedic timing with his lines as does everyone else in this film. RJ Cyler also gives an outstanding breakout performance as Earl. Another great quality is the amazing chemistry that the cast has, the three title characters all felt like best friends to the audience without a single roll of the eyes. Nick Offerman is also worth mentioning for his hilarious performance as Greg’s dad. The film is also much more funny than most dramedies, where most focus more on drama, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl perfectly mixes the two elements to create a film that is both funny and heartbreaking, occasionally at the same time. Overall, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a must-see film, with great pacing, direction, writing, and acting, it’s a near perfect film.

PROS:

HILARIOUS

GREAT PERFORMANCES

WELL PACED

WELL DIRECTED

QUIRKY, BUT NOT TOO QUIRKY

 

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