Me and Earl and the Dying Girl follows high schooler, Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
Even though there are many emotionally heartfelt moments, especially in the last moments, there are many typical “teen-film” moments that are common in many other films in the genre that can be seen in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – awkward parents, the teacher the main character befriends, and the exploration of the cliques in high school. These elements shouldn’t weigh the film down as the supporting keeps the narrative fresh with Greg’s parents, played by Conie Britton and Nick Offerman, provide a parental weirdness that livens up all the scenes their in. They’re characters are interesting and performances show that they’re not just another supporting character lost in the story. These coming of age subjects finds its rhythm in this environment and doesn’t fall into the traps of other films in the genre.
How this film was shot was a little disorientating at first and could’ve been improved greatly but was also something that had you had to get used to, but still, disorientating. The performances, however, shone through. Especially Thomas Mann’s portrayal of Greg.
Reading the novel the film it was adapted from is the next book on my list and would have probably affected, in a sense, how I viewed this film as I would’ve already had an idea of what I could’ve expected from the film. But nonetheless, even if you haven’t read the novel before watching the film like I had, you will still enjoy the emotional content and unique style it presents.