Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

by | Jul 1, 2015 | 0 comments

The Young Cast In This Great Film Ushers In A New Generation of Actors

Me and Ear, and the Dying Girl was an incredibly refreshing film that will appeal especially to cinema buffs as well as to the general audience. It goes along the same thread as The Fault in Our Stars in that it deals with two teenagers’ friendship and how they deal with one of them having cancer.

The cast is extremely solid headed by the, young, talented three main actors Thomas Mann who plays our narrator Greg, RJ Cyler who play’s Greg’s best friend Earl, and Olivia Cooke who plays the leukemia-stricken Rachel. The story follows the friendship of Greg and Rachel, and what I enjoyed most of all was the idea that their friendship wasn’t romantic at all. It wasn’t like in When Harry Met Sally, where no (straight) man can only be a friend to a girl, this film proved that there also are different kinds of love. And on that same note it doesn’t deal with cancer in the same fairy-tailish way as the The Fault in Our Stars does. It takes a more blunt, but thankfully honest perspective. Thankfully, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon also adds a lot of humor to the film, which helps ease the audience into the tough subject of growing up and the fatal disease.

However, I want to take a minute to praise the cast again. The three main actors dealt with the film and relished the script with an almost veteran skill. In fact I noticed that most scenes were only one take. And of course what makes this film work so well is the incredible chemistry between the three. The supporting cast is also great however, with great stuff from Joe Bernthal, Nick Offerman, and Molly Shannon.

But what I, personally, most liked about this film was the tribute to cinema classics. Earl and Greg love movies, so much that they make parodies of classic films such as “The 400 Bros” (The 400 Blows), or “A Sockwork Orange” (A Clockwork Orange), and my personal favorite: “Senior Citizen Cane” (Citizen Kane). That and other subtle references throughout the film charm even the most stubborn cinema buffs.

Rejon himself takes on a very auteuristic approach to the film, boldly printing the part of the story of which we are in (“The beginning of a doomed friendship” “The part where I embarrass myself”), which in itself creates his own style of directing, which I would boldly try and compare it to a mix of Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. His original and fresh humor has us laughing most of the film. And then he expertly eases us into a touching ending that even so feels surprising and unexpected. 

So overall the film is a complete delight and surprise that makes you once again believe in the up and coming generation of actors (thank god, because Jurassic World made me almost lose hope in child actors), and also proves that the young adult storytelling genre is still capable of making us cry.

  • OVERALL MOVIE RATING 83% 83%

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