Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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SIFF Says:

A SOCKWORK ORANGE. POOPING TOM. SENIOR CITIZEN KANE. These are just some of the titles of the spoof films awkward high-school student Greg and his best friend Earl work on making every day after school—a hobby that saves them from agonizing social interaction with their peers. It’s their senior year, and they believe in staying as far below the radar as possible. Greg’s over-worried mom has other things in mind however, when she pushes the boys to befriend Rachel, a fellow classmate who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Begrudgingly they start visiting her at her home, all parties equally embarrassed by the parentally constructed meet-ups. Rachel, a headstrong and easy going girl, wants anything but pity, and soon finds that Greg’s self-deprecating humor and easy wit is something she can really connect with. All three teens become inseparable, but as Rachel’s treatment gets tougher reality sets in. A big winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL celebrates the multi-layers of teenage relationships (both platonic and romantic), bursting with sarcastic humor and poignancy.

Stranger Says:

Senior year is eventful for any teenager, but that goes double for Greg (Thomas Mann), when his mom (Connie Britton) volunteers his services as companion to leukemia-stricken classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke). Along with his filmmaking partner, Earl (RJ Cyler), they’re a modern-day Mod Squad battling high school hierarchies and deadly disease with dubious advice from the works of Werner Herzog and Greg’s super-slacker dad (Nick Offerman in peak form). (KATHY FENNESSY)

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Film Credits
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton
SIFF 2015