Bill C’s Review – 4 out of 5
If you’re tired of action films this summer, Me and Earl and The Dying Girl is the film to see. Greg (Thomas Mann) is a shy/awkward high school senior who spends his time making films with his ‘co-worker’ Earl (RJ Cyler) and trying to stay invisible at school. When Rachel (Olivia Cooke) is diagnosed with leukemia, Greg’s mom makes him spend time with her even though they are not friends.
This movie is at times very funny and at other times very sad. This is a coming-of-age story for Greg as his and Rachel’s friendship develops and she helps him come out of his shell, and he realizes that, while relationships have their risks, they are worth taking.
In addition to the excellent acting by the three young co stars, there is an excellent supporting cast including Nick Offerman and Connie Britton as Greg’s parents and Molly Shannon as Rachel’s mom.
This is also a funny homage to movies. The films that Greg and Earl make are their versions of films that Greg’s father has introduced them to. They are quirky/funny.
This is my favorite movie of the summer so far.