Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A wry coming of age movie for all those who question social norms

By Genna Patterson

Me and Earl and The Dying Girl is a sweet and wryly funny movie about a high school senior called Greg (Thomas Mann), who spends his time ‘surviving’ school by never quite making real friends. Instead he floats between groups and never truly engages, just so he won’t get on the wrong side of anybody. He does however, have one friend called Earl, whom he refers to as his co-worker as the two make parodies of classic movies in their spare time.

Greg’s world changes when his mother insists he befriends a classmate, Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. At first both are resistant to the friendship but the two hit it off after a while and throughout her illness Greg is there to cheer her up. Unfortunately so much that his schoolwork starts to suffer.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a truly beautiful and quirky story. If you liked Dan In Real Life or Lars and The Real Girl, this will be right up your alley. While it could have been predictable and a run-of-the-mill sob-fest, this movie is honest and heartwarming and a joy to watch throughout.

Release: Out Now!

4/5 stars

About Genna Patterson

Genna Patterson
Genna was the editor at InTallaght magazine and loves a positive news story, cat videos and a hyped-up blockbuster movie.

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