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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight.

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Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the story of Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), an awkward high school senior whose mom forces him to spend time with Rachel - a girl in his class (Olivia Cooke) with whom he hasn't spoken to since kindergarten - who was just diagnosed with cancer. (C) Fox Searchlight

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Cast

Nick Offerman
as Greg's Dad
Connie Britton
as Greg's Mom
Jon Bernthal
as Mr. McCarthy
Matt Bennett
as Scott Mayhew
Masam Holden
as Ill Phil
Marco Zappala
as Theater Dork
Kaza Marie Ayersman
as Rachel's Friend
Etta Cox
as Principal
Karriem Sami
as Limo Driver
Hugh Jackman
as Himself
Joan Augustin
as Elderly Mourner
Mark Granatire
as Testimonial Student #1
Kayana White
as Testimonial Student #2
Linda Kanyarusoke
as Testimonial Student #3
Drew Palajsa
as Testimonial Student #4
Elly Silberstein
as Testimonial Student #5
Nicole Tubbs
as Children's Hospital Nurse
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All Critics (192) | Top Critics (41)

There's plenty to like here, but the movie focuses on the least interesting person on the screen, a curious choice considering we're talking life and death.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
Miami Herald
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I found myself relishing the skill of the cast and laughing at the sharply turned dialogue while wincing at the self-consciousness of the storytelling and the self-congratulatory pop-culture references.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Somewhere along the way Earl eases up on the suburban-Wes Anderson whimsy and starts to find its heart, infusing the story's self-conscious cleverness and trick-shot set pieces with something sweeter, sadder, and even a little bit profound.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
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Poignant without being melodramatic, overflowing with unforced charm, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl holds a unique appeal that's certain to last.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
indieWIRE
Top Critic

The filmmaking from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is hyper-stylized and a bit wonky at times, with a few odd security camera angles thrown into the mix. But it's also energetic and mostly fun to watch, especially the glimpses of their "awful" movies.

Full Review… | December 30, 2015
Associated Press
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The biggest flaw in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is right there in the title: the first word, specifically.

Full Review… | October 14, 2015
The Atlantic
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Audience Reviews for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

½

Another girl-with-cancer movie from around the same time as "The Fault In Our Stars," but I liked it a wee better by virtue of it delivering on its promise that it wouldn't be a love story. The problem with the Dying Girl trope is that she has no other identity besides strength-and-detachment-derived-from-cancer. Rachel has one moment of whimsy when she mimics Greg's "subhuman" convulsions, but it's so early on, and we don't really see her transcend beyond Greg's erstwhile categorization of her as "Boring Jewish Girl Subset 2A" until the end, I guess, when her book sculptures reveal her romantic, creative, perhaps even tortured side, but even that emotional epiphany is more Greg's. Olivia Cooke does give a beautiful strong-and-detached performance though. Sometimes, I think it's easier for actors to bawl uncontrollably than to try to NOT cry, and Cooke's big eyes well up for the duration of several, long uncut shots, but they never overflow. Some other pretty glaring character development holes are Earl's and Madison's. As the other token minority of the titular triangle, Earl appears in the film to perpetuate some lower class black stereotypes for comedic relief; disappears; reappears to jive talk some sense into Greg; disappears; reappears to save Greg from a lunchroom brawl despite them being on the outs; then disappears again. One of Greg's narrations mentions how despite their disparate socioeconomic backgrounds, they still have the same taste in films and adventurous foods, and I was hoping there would be more to Earl's character/upbringing/aspirations and Greg's perception of him that could foil his knee-jerk obsession of typing all the other cliques at his school. In re Madison: she's a nice-hot girl, and Greg is the stand-in for every "nice-insecure guy" who resents the "friendzone." He's the one who gets to judge her motives as controlling or disingenuous or oblivious when there's no backing for such projections since her motives are never made clear from a storytelling angle in the first place. On the whole, the movie is funnier, more sardonic, more artsy (with all its movie remakes), and less saccharine than TFIOS, so it does have that going for it.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Gomez-Rejon is a great director who clearly loves films and has a deep knowledge of the language of Cinema - his visual compositions are just wonderful, despite a few excesses -, and this is a deliciously captivating story that understands the value of honest Art as opposed to sappy life lessons.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Slightly better coming-of-age tale than Dope, this one focuses on an the typical filmic teenage outsider who is forced to befriend a dying girl. The significance of Death is what leavens the bread here keeping the usual filmic shenanigans of teen age years to a minimum and that's what makes this a better film. The lead black character as well feels tinged with authenticity as for a change, without the usual shroud of importance or coolness these characters seem to get of late (to make-up for getting the short shrift for years no doubt).

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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