Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

An amateur/purposely bad filmmaker and his buddy Earl attempt to make a movie for a leukaemia-stricken girl in this comedic coming-of-age drama. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story), the movie was a massive hit at the Sundance film festival, taking both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.

"Greg Gaines is an awkward, self-deprecating high school student determined to coast through his senior year as anonymously as possible. Avoiding social interactions like the plague, Greg spends most of his time remaking wacky versions of classic movies with his only friend, Earl. Greg’s well-meaning mother intervenes, forcing him to befriend Rachel, a classmate who's been diagnosed with leukemia. Against his better judgment, Greg concedes. Both Greg and Rachel are surprised—even shocked—to find out that they actually like each other. Tentative at first, this unlikely duo becomes inseparable. But when Rachel gets sicker, Greg’s well-fortified world is changed forever." (Sundance Film Festival)

Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner at Sundance Film Festival 2015
2015Rating: M, Offensive language105 minsUSA
ComedyDramaFestival & Independent

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

After The Fault in Our Stars, you’d figure there’d be no ground to cover in the coming-of-age-except-I-have-cancer-and-might-die-soon genre. But while Fault shakes its audience and yells “YOU WILL FEEL ALL THE SADNESS” into every eardrum, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl finds pleasure in making you laugh. And when that laughter loosens you up, that’s when the film goes for the gut punch.

4.0

Touching film, but will also make you laugh.

Great film which is light hearted and sad, but will also make you laugh in some places. I don't think this was predictable at all, in fact different to every other film I have seen.

3.0

Me, Earl, and the Brilliant Film

Not nearly as emotionally cliched as The Fault in Our Stars with the two protagonists falling in love, this is a quirky coming of age story in the midst of pain, sickness, and death. Sobering but great stuff.

4.0

Like a John Green book; but worse

This movie masquerades as being a self-aware, creative, tug-at-the-heart-strings indie film; seriously, you can smell the Sundance on it within the first few minutes. It is well shot, certainly, direction is creative - sure. However, at it's heart it struggles with a over-used storyline trope and presents it as something original. (it's not) (At...

2.0

Laughed and cried

I can not recommend this film enough! I laughed and I cried. It was great.

Genuinely Brilliant.

This is a beautiful little film. It contains a gem of a story strongly highlighted by the bizarre but magnificent visionary direction of Alfonso Gomez-Rajon. With the use of weird and raw camera angles, interesting narrative and timely use of stop motion techniques the film individually stands out as a must see coming-of-age production. Based on the novel...

5.0

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance 2015. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's coming-of-age cancer indie comedy, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, is quirky, charming and melancholic. Wonderful performances from Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler and Olivia Cooke. The cinematography is superb. I loved the references to old movies (A Clockwork Orange, Raging...

4.0

Mixed

A predictable story being both sad, funny and weird. A nice break away from contemporary Hollywood however.

2.0

Original, hilarious and heart wrenching

Cannot recommend this film more. The characters were original and relatable. The music matched perfectly as did the characters wardrobes. Greg tells his story as a neurotic teen who tries to please and fit in with everyone and you can't help but cheer for him

Variety

Variety

press

Has the potential to outperform last year's 'The Fault in Our Stars.'

Total Film

Total Film

press

If this is a story about half-formed people finding precarious common ground, what's most remarkable is how well-formed these half-formed characters are.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

[Embraces] the most tired tropes of stereotypical YA weepies so that it can kiss them goodbye.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Buzzy, fun and confronting.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

There's enough style and verve in Me and Earl to raise a smile and interest from even the most cynical current or former teen.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A smart-ass charmer, merciless tearjerker and sincere celebration of teenage creativity.

Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

This unconventional friendship between these two self-styled loners permits director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and a fantastic cast to throw some unexpectedly impressive shapes throughout.

4.0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

After The Fault in Our Stars, you’d figure there’d be no ground to cover in the coming-of-age-except-I-have-cancer-and-might-die-soon genre. But while Fault shakes its audience and yells “YOU WILL FEEL ALL THE SADNESS” into every eardrum, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl finds pleasure in making you laugh. And when that laughter loosens you up, that’s when the film goes for the gut punch.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Has the potential to outperform last year's 'The Fault in Our Stars.'

Total Film

Total Film

press

If this is a story about half-formed people finding precarious common ground, what's most remarkable is how well-formed these half-formed characters are.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

[Embraces] the most tired tropes of stereotypical YA weepies so that it can kiss them goodbye.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Buzzy, fun and confronting.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

There's enough style and verve in Me and Earl to raise a smile and interest from even the most cynical current or former teen.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A smart-ass charmer, merciless tearjerker and sincere celebration of teenage creativity.

Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

This unconventional friendship between these two self-styled loners permits director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and a fantastic cast to throw some unexpectedly impressive shapes throughout.

4.0

Touching film, but will also make you laugh.

Great film which is light hearted and sad, but will also make you laugh in some places. I don't think this was predictable at all, in fact different to every other film I have seen.

3.0

Me, Earl, and the Brilliant Film

Not nearly as emotionally cliched as The Fault in Our Stars with the two protagonists falling in love, this is a quirky coming of age story in the midst of pain, sickness, and death. Sobering but great stuff.

4.0

Like a John Green book; but worse

This movie masquerades as being a self-aware, creative, tug-at-the-heart-strings indie film; seriously, you can smell the Sundance on it within the first few minutes. It is well shot, certainly, direction is creative - sure. However, at it's heart it struggles with a over-used storyline trope and presents it as something original. (it's not) (At...

2.0

Laughed and cried

I can not recommend this film enough! I laughed and I cried. It was great.

Genuinely Brilliant.

This is a beautiful little film. It contains a gem of a story strongly highlighted by the bizarre but magnificent visionary direction of Alfonso Gomez-Rajon. With the use of weird and raw camera angles, interesting narrative and timely use of stop motion techniques the film individually stands out as a must see coming-of-age production. Based on the novel...

5.0

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance 2015. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's coming-of-age cancer indie comedy, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, is quirky, charming and melancholic. Wonderful performances from Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler and Olivia Cooke. The cinematography is superb. I loved the references to old movies (A Clockwork Orange, Raging...

4.0

Mixed

A predictable story being both sad, funny and weird. A nice break away from contemporary Hollywood however.

2.0

Original, hilarious and heart wrenching

Cannot recommend this film more. The characters were original and relatable. The music matched perfectly as did the characters wardrobes. Greg tells his story as a neurotic teen who tries to please and fit in with everyone and you can't help but cheer for him