High school senior, Greg (Thomas Mann) is the type of person who can’t really figure out what it is he wants from life or what to do in life. He mostly keeps to himself and does not want people to really know him all that well. He only really has one friend, Earl (Ronald Cyler II). He doesn’t even consider Earl to be a real friend. He thinks of Earl as an acquaintance because they make crappy foreign films together. One day Greg becomes informed by his mother that a classmate, Rachel (Olivia Cooke) has cancer and Greg’s mother wants him to start spending some time with her. Greg, against his will, agrees to do this for his mother. They never form a friendship in the beginning and that is because Greg is the most awkward human being ever. After some time passes, the two of them form a real friendship and Greg is not ready to accept that Rachel may actually be on the verge of death at anytime.
I have to admit that I really did not have all that much interest in seeing this film. I figured it was going to be another one of those movies that is completely ridiculous, predictable and even one that is way too big for its bridges. Thankfully, I was wrong about this one. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl does a lot to actually keep you interested and entertained throughout the entire film. For a movie with such an odd, but slightly interesting premise, this does a lot to keep you involved and it gives you plenty of enjoyment. Yes, the movie is definitely focused around a girl who is guaranteed death, but there was really nothing depressing about it. It wasn’t one of those movies that made you just feel bad about what was going on. They even added some humor in the mix.
I really liked the acting in this movie too. Thomas Mann has been someone I watched out for ever since Project X was released. Sure, I know what you are thinking. Why the hell would an insanely ridiculous movie like that be the one I choose to remember him by? That is exactly why I remembered him! Obviously this movie is way different from something like that, but he showed he can really act. I really enjoyed the performance he put on in this. The same goes for Olivia Cooke as well. I only know her from the television series, Bates Motel and I really like her in that, which made me believe that she was going to be good in this and I was absolutely right. Mann and Cooke are the one’s who deserve the spotlight for this film.
The best thing about this movie was that it wasn’t all about depressing thoughts of a young girl dying, but the lessons that life can teach you. Greg was struggling with his young adult life and getting ready to take the next chapter into college. This is something that a lot of people struggle with and I think that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl really touched on that well. There are plenty of movies that are like this that can often get on your nerves, but with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, you don’t feel that way at all. It tells a really good story about forming a friendship and the struggles one must face as a young adult preparing for adulthood. This is a film that I definitely recommend checking out sometime.
Overall, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is an interesting, entertaining and enjoyable small film that a lot of people will find interesting. While it is definitely not a masterpiece, it still does all that it can do please you and it works!