We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. Some other pretty glaring character development holes are Earl's and Madison's. Jun 12, 2015. The post-modern technique of drawing attention to Hollywood cliché to make a point about how un-Hollywood your story is has long started to grate, whether it's in a visual motif or a line delivered by the characters. The website's consensus reads "Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a coming … |, December 4, 2020 Other than that acquisitive movie-mad mindset, it is a pandering, self-flattering mess, featuring unearned catharsis, … While Green's book may be more poetic and have a larger fan base I think this book is better. There are still familiar touches in both the narrative decisions and their presentation to the audience, but the film is more settled and mature with regard to them, calmly acknowledging and almost embracing its lineage rather than spitting in their face like a hypocritical, snot-nosed punk. | Rating: 5/5 "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," the baffling Sundance hit (it won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize), directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, with a script by Jesse Andrews, based on his best-selling novel, features two teenage characters obsessed with the Great Movies. Sheila O'Malley received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's in Acting from the Actors Studio MFA Program. Every cliché arrives with a wink of self-knowing commentary before it, to say, "Yes, we know this is a cliche, but we are making a comment about the cliché!" All rights reserved. | Rating: B+ And, despite the heavy subject matter, the dialog is fresh and funny, and the amateur movies the kids make are very clever twists on classic films, which injects lightness into the film. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about many things, but one of them is the pure joy of imagination: artistry for artistry's sake, and the way that who we are and what we… There's plenty to like here, but the movie focuses on the least interesting person on the screen, a curious choice considering we're talking life and death. Review by iana ★★★★½ 2. still slaps why lie. |, December 30, 2015 Lovely, hilarious, terrific enrichment of already-good source material. |, August 5, 2019 He may essentially be paraphrasing or pastiching Cinema Paradiso in this regard; the sequence before Rachel falls into a coma uncannily follows the beats in the final twenty minutes of Giuseppe Tornatore's work. But Rachel doesn't get completely short-changed in the way that Zooey Deschanel did in (500 Days of) Summer; she's still a well-written character whose actions are more than mere plot machinations. You would certainly find its hard to argue that Greg isn't the central protagonist, or that his arc is the one which develops the most over the course of the film - the clue, after all, is in the title. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a fun frolic into the lives of Greg, Earl and Rachel. Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a tender and charming independent effort which overcomes its irritating opening to leave us genuinely moved. Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified. The terrific Thomas Mann (Project X) plays Greg, a … The book Me earl and the dying girl by Jesse Andrews is a perfect read for someone who likes a humorous and somewhat sad story. A young boy is forced to become friends with a dying girl in his school in a huge 2015 Sundance film. and the Terms and Policies, It's about Greg. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. The glimpses we get of Earl and Greg's movies are the best part of the film. On the whole, the movie is funnier, more sardonic, more artsy (with all its movie remakes), and less saccharine than TFIOS, so it does have that going for it. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" presents itself as a more authentic version of "The Fault in Our Stars." Earl is black. But while Anderson used it as the basis for an off-puttingly clinical study of his characters, Gomez-Rejon uses it to promote what good qualities his young leads have. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is now among a select few films that have truly touched me on a personal level. What you get with Me and Earl is a handful of teenage relationships which are driven by an inability to communicate in a meaningful way. The vantage point - the misfit and not the dying girl - apparently rubs some people the wrong way, but I found it to be part of the movie's truth. There's a laziness at work in "Me and Earl," a reliance on well-trod ground and over-chewed cultural tropes, and perhaps it is supposed to be that way (these are kids who see everything through the lens of their movie-watching), but it still doesn't work. Full Review | Original Score: 10/10 Has Greg seen/touched the "titties" yet? The make-up work is excellent given the film's relatively low budget of $8m, and the lighting is sensitive without telegraphing anything to the audience. Equally, Greg's distance from Rachel is not just temporal, it is emotional; he cannot comprehend the right thing to say with confronted by something so serious, because pretending and being flippant is all he knows. In fact, everything that happens in the film is about Greg." The winner of this year’s most elaborate Ronseal title as well as two Sundance prizes, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl starts as a film lovers’ delight and … While the central three characters are believable, many of the high school scenes feel like the director settling for convention; they don't play an enormous role in the film, and you get the impression that Gomez-Rejon was happy filling them with stereotypes if it meant he could get them done and dusted more quickly. Five stars for this Great Film. The other nice touch to the film is the role of the adults, who are just as emotionally inept as their offspring if not sometimes slightly worse. [Full Review in Spanish]. The enthusiasm between Greg and Earl as they create their little bits of cinema feels genuine because it reflects the director's own passion, without any of the artificiality that J. J. Abrams displayed on Super 8. Gomez-Rejon's latest is a brave piece of filmmaking that blends humor and heartbreak, while also presenting an inspiring tale of personal growth. By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie. I am by no means the first reviewer to have carped about this tendency of Hollywood, which has led many a cinema patron to abandon the mainstream and seek out how the independent film scene deals with death. You know, their life. The image is an example of a ticket confirmation email that AMC sent you when you purchased your ticket. The winks about the clichés, including the one in the title, only serve to point up how tired those clichés are. Max Weiss, writing in Baltimore Magazine, summed up her review by saying: "Rachel's dying isn't really about Rachel at all. Best Netflix Shows and Series To Binge (January 2021), The 100 Best Movies on Netflix Right Now (January 2021), 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime To Watch (January 2021). A smart-ass charmer, merciless tearjerker and sincere celebration of teenage creativity, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl got … He's the one who gets to judge her motives as controlling or disingenuous or oblivious when there's no backing for such projections since her motives are never made clear from a storytelling angle in the first place. But it isn't honest at all. Fortunately, the film very quickly abandons this approach and settles into a pleasant rhythm which is offbeat without drawing attention to itself. Earl speaks with profanity-laced language, and constantly asks Greg about Rachel's "titties." | Top Critics (56) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl offers a very accessible, honest, and humorous look at not only how someone deals with being diagnosed with cancer, but it also turns the clichés of the coming-of-age story on its nose, and the people behind this film are able to do that by finding the perfect balance between drama and comedy within this unfortunate tragedy. Rachel has one moment of whimsy when she mimics Greg's "subhuman" convulsions, but it's so early on, and we don't really see her transcend beyond Greg's erstwhile categorization of her as "Boring Jewish Girl Subset 2A" until the end, I guess, when her book sculptures reveal her romantic, creative, perhaps even tortured side, but even that emotional epiphany is more Greg's. No, I don't think that. This review may contain spoilers. Earl's language is completely unmotivated, coming from nowhere, and therefore represents a failure of the imagination when it comes to the character. It's about Greg. | Rating: A- This is not a film full of sanitised, model teenagers played by people in their 30s - it's a film made to resonate with people the age of its protagonists, at least in its approach to their interaction. How does he feel about the films they watch? |. Your Ticket Confirmation # is located under the header in your email that reads "Your Ticket Reservation Details". PG-13 (Language|Drug Material|Sexual Content|Some Thematic Elements), drama, sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements, Spike Lee Receives American Cinematheque Award, America Has to Come to a Reckoning: Director Sam Pollard on MLK/FBI, The TV Homages of WandaVision are an Amusing, Unfulfilling Distraction. He shows her the movies he made with Earl. As the other token minority of the titular triangle, Earl appears in the film to perpetuate some lower class black stereotypes for comedic relief; disappears; reappears to jive talk some sense into Greg; disappears; reappears to save Greg from a lunchroom brawl despite them being on the outs; then disappears again. This awkwardness, reluctance and inability to either reach out or break through emotionally has been a feature of coming-of-age and counter-cultural filmmaking for decades. comedy, June 10, 2016 An awkward high-school senior (Thomas Mann) and a gravely ill classmate (Olivia Cooke) surprise themselves by becoming inseparable friends. Besides, such commentary has been done before, and it's been done much better. The camera-work is energetic, albeit a bit too artificial and showy (placing heads over on the side of the frame for no real reason). A must watch! If ’80s teen-feature maestro John Hughes would have ever teamed up with today’s eccentric moviemaker Wes Anderson, I suspect the outcome would be something like what we get in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Saying it don't make it so. Cowboy." One scene, a tense argument between Rachel and Greg, plays out in one long take and it's the only time in the film when something real is actually allowed to exist, because in such a scene it is about the behavior, the silences between the words, the sense you get that two actors are actually creating something before your eyes. Somewhere along the way Earl eases up on the suburban-Wes Anderson whimsy and starts to find its heart, infusing the story's self-conscious cleverness and trick-shot set pieces with something sweeter, sadder, and even a little bit profound. That's just a fact. Because of course, it is a dying girl's responsibility to make the world okay for everyone in her midst, to be inspirational, to teach people how to love, how to live—even strangers who show up at her door on a charity mission. Me and Earl And the Dying Girl gets a lot of backlash while books like John Green's Fault in Our Stars are praised. and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. Greg's friendship with Rachel, despite its inauspicious beginning, does develop. "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" perfectly synthesizes Wes Anderson and John Hughes's filmic tones, earnestly gutpunches the audience's collective heart with honest pathos, and achieves a bullseye in the follow-through of nearly every joke … For no other reason, apparently, he lives in squalor on a terrifying-looking street of derelict houses, overrun by weeds, and has a scary aggressive brother with a pit bull. 18 reviews of Elite Event: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL "Thanks Melbourne for the perfectly movie weather. |, December 31, 2015 Endearing film about an awkward high school misfit, his friend who makes amateur movies with him, and, well, a dying girl who he begins visiting at the request of his mother. | Rating: 2.5/4 "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is crude, lewd, silly, heartbreaking, sweet, cynical, honest, and too smart for its own good. If you were a teenage girl dying of cancer, with a group of supportive friends already, a terrified mother, and a unique artistic sensibility of your own (which we discover later), how would you like to spend your last months on earth? Like Julianne Moore's character in Still Alice, Rachel deteriorates gradually and at her own pace, so that all the down turns feel authentically sad and the brief moments of hope and life are all the more radiant. Me and Earl and the Dying girl is about a teen girl who gets cancer and the main characters mum asks him to spend time with her and they develop a heart-warming relationship. Learning to live in the world, to recognize that others exist, that your actions have consequences, is a part of growing up. |, January 10, 2020 Mann is wonderfully grounded and effortlessly charming as the film’s protagonist. Iffy stuff includes masturbation references and Earl, the main characters best friend says "titties" frequently. Earl is another problem. I can handle the truth. Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. Other cursing includes s**t and one use of f**k. One day Greg's mother (Connie Britton) orders him to go visit Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate just diagnosed with cancer. One of the criticisms of Me and Earl has been that the film uses the illness of its female character to tell a very male story. |, December 31, 2015 Check out the trailer of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl here: The subplot regarding Greg's college application also feels a little redundant; it adds a secondary character objective where it is unneeded and unwanted, and its resolution is far too neat. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy In "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," the "girl" of the title devotes the ending stretch of her life into making a young guy she never knew before feel good about himself and his artistic pursuits. In fact, everything that happens in the film is about Greg. Sometimes, I think it's easier for actors to bawl uncontrollably than to try to NOT cry, and Cooke's big eyes well up for the duration of several, long uncut shots, but they never overflow. It isn't a Hollywood treatment of illness, with all the edges taken off, but neither does it try to be edgy or radical by shoving her symptoms down our throats in a desperate bid to induce empathy through shock. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon cut his teeth directing episodes of Glee and American Horror Story; while his character construction is a welcome departure from Ryan Murphy and his ilk, he shares with Murphy a deep love for cinema and an intrinsic understanding of how genre works. Sign up here. Read our Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Review. Please reference “Error Code 2121” when contacting customer service. The film wants to be congratulated for being honest. It's quirky, charming, witty, touching, somber, delicate, and completely beautiful. Cinemark Greg does not even know Rachel, but he shows up at her house, and is immediately lusted over by Rachel's boozy mother (Molly Shannon), who answers the door with a drink in her hand, cooing about who is this "delicious," "yummy" young man. Hinton, and, more recently, John Green, all wrote books featuring teenagers who have to learn, sometimes painfully, that who they are has meaning, that they have to be responsible for themselves, and kind to others. That line mentioned earlier, "Please appreciate how honest I just was," sums up the systemic problems with "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." Go away.". In my review of Still Alice, I complained about the way that Hollywood films often depict life-threatening illness, seeking to preserve the glamour of the actor or actress in question rather than trying to capture a believable portrayal of whatever disease they may have. |, June 18, 2019 | Rotten (40). The further the picture progresses, the more it fizzles and flounders. Review: This Is Not a Movie Is a Smart, Clear-Eyed Tribute to Robert Fisk. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. Who is Earl? You know, I'm terminally awkward and I have a face like a little groundhog. The problem is the lead character: he's a miserable bastard with no right to be miserable who continues to be miserable even when he meets someone who has a right to be miserable but isn't. Probably one of the funniest YA novels I've had the pleasure of reading. Hot girls destroy your life. Authors like Paul Zindel, S.E. Forgot your password? The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. Coming Soon. All Critics (212) Such a scene, however, cannot save the whole. Their companionship, which blends sympathy and a sense of distance, is very touching, and the more time we spend with them the more we find ourselves enjoying their company, even amongst the odd line or action which causes us to roll our eyes in derision. It can keep unfolding itself to you just as long... just as long as you pay attention to it. One critic friend argued that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl panders to a high-brow audience with the constant references to classic films and the … Where Me and Earl begins to score points in a more universal fashion is in its treatment of Rachel's illness. "Me and Earl" wants to be a part of that genre without bothering to create characters that live. Regal You know? Invoking the example of Gus van Sant's Restless, I said that "if the film is about, say, a cancer patient, the patient will look as healthy and as well-fed as any member of the cast before suddenly declining in the final reel and popping their clogs." Cinemark Interview: Cooper Raiff Talks Shithouse, Nostalgia, and Being There for Others. Me and earl and the dying girl This book is kinda depressing nothing interesting really happens Rachel and Greg do not become lovers it is like a way less romantic, less touching, less excellent, version of the fault in our stars this book was good but not great. They're goofy and dumb, and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon had a lot of fun, obviously, creating all of them. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! Me and Earl and the Dying Girl deserves to be the summer’s sleeper hit. I also recommend watching the movie. All three leads - Thomas Mann, R.J. Cyler, and Olivia Cooke - turn in strong performances, and while the movie could easily be cloying or derivative of countless others with this sort of subject, it somehow avoids all that. I don't know you. Film. Survive without creating any mortal enemies or hideously embarassing yourself forever. The spectre of Wes Anderson loom large over this portion of the film too; it's a similar pre-conception to that which he employed with some success in Moonrise Kingdom. I guess everyone's trying to figure out how to like, twerk....medievally. He refers to Earl, instead, as a "co-worker." A great movie that shines in pretty much everything, from its charming approach to the highly effective demystifying humor. Please click the link below to receive your verification email. He and Earl grew up watching movies like Werner Herzog's "Aguirre The Wrath of God", Truffaut's "The 400 Blows," Powell and Pressberger's "Tales of Hoffmann," and spend their free time as teenagers making their own movies, spoofs of the greats with titles like "The 400 Bros," "The Sockwork Orange," and "2:48 p.m. Gomez-Rejon and Andrews walk a thin line between deploying and subverting tired tropes, but their message is ultimately one of empathy, which makes Me and Earl and the Dying Girl worthwhile. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer. The percentage of Approved Tomatometer Critics who have given this movie a positive review. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," the baffling Sundance hit (it won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize), directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, with a script by Jesse Andrews, based on his best-selling novel, features two teenage characters obsessed with the Great Movies. I know that. In re Madison: she's a nice-hot girl, and Greg is the stand-in for every "nice-insecure guy" who resents the "friendzone." Sundance Film Review: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Enthusiastically received at Sundance, this cancer-themed dramedy has the potential to outperform last year's 'The Fault in Our Stars.' There are moments that flash with humor, like Greg filling out his college application in the voice of Werner Herzog. Why is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl rated PG-13? Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is a coming-of-age movie with uncommon charm and insight. I found myself relishing the skill of the cast and laughing at the sharply turned dialogue while wincing at the self-consciousness of the storytelling and the self-congratulatory pop-culture references. It isn't as good as Still Alice, and much of it is rooted in very familiar territory, but as an antidote to Hollywood's continuing attitude to illness, it is a very welcome offering. Once it's proved its indie credentials - trying too hard to be Wes Anderson in the process - it emerges more confidently as its own story, particularly once the central triangle of friendships has been laid out. Coming Soon. Well, Greg, I think that it just means that even after somebody dies, you can.. you can still keep learning about them. Parents need to know that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is an irreverent, heartfelt, thoughtful, and very funny dramedy based on the same-named book by Jesse Andrews. Or, rather, Greg talks, and she listens. They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. But it's also energetic and mostly fun to watch, especially the glimpses of their "awful" movies. Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email. | Rating: 4.0/4.0 He and Earl decide to make a movie for Rachel, a tribute, and they hurry to finish it before she dies. This book is criticized by my friends and I think they don't understand the effect it has on me and why my take is different. But the tragedy that awaits or doesn’t, at the culmination point is going to leave your mind impassioned with emotions. Copyright © Fandango. The dialogue is as real as any movie I've ever seen, and the use of minimal effects and hand-held cameras created an authenticity that made me … Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. One of the main reference points for the film is Be Kind Rewind, Michel Gondry's film from nine years ago in which Jack Black and Mos Def have to re-enact old Hollywood films after accidentally wiping all the tapes in a rental shop. Me and Earl may not be the most groundbreaking film in its treatment of this condition of modern youth, but it is among the more honest and naturalistic offerings in this field. At one point he says, "Please appreciate how honest I just was." Coming Soon. Olivia Cooke does give a beautiful strong-and-detached performance though. Just confirm how you got your ticket. This quirky, poignant, award-winning movie took Sundance by storm in 2015, much the same way Napoleon Dynamite did back in 2004. This film isn't trying to make a statement; it's just telling a story about a normal boy who strikes up a friendship with a normal girl. Greg and Earl work on their films because it is the only means they have of expressing their feelings towards each other; it is an adolescent form of engagement, which Earl grows out of by the end of the film, with their friendship endings as their means of communication is removed. Another girl-with-cancer movie from around the same time as "The Fault In Our Stars," but I liked it a wee better by virtue of it delivering on its promise that it wouldn't be a love story. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's film is a beautiful mix of wonderful things. Me and Earl and the dying girl (2015) Tựa việt: Tôi, Earl và cô nàng hấp hối. (This is also a cliché: the black sidekick understanding more about matters of the heart than the white lead.). One last thing. |, September 16, 2020 This sets Me and Earl and the Dying Girl apart as a story of friendship, not one of romantic love. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 81%, based on 211 reviews, with an average of 7.57/10. Review: Honest Thief Is a Dried-Out Rehash of the Liam Neeson Actioner. |, December 31, 2015 You know from the title that a teen girl is dying (cancer), so it's no spoiler to say that although the movie is quite humorous and sarcastic, it also explores intense subject matter, including post-high school … The spectacularly poignant ending, complete with growth, insight, and truth, will rip you apart and just as rebuild you. Review by saskia ★★★★½ 3. I loved this movie so much. What's his take? This overbearing desire to be different (whether it's un-Hollywood or un-anything else) is present in spades in the opening ten minutes of Me and Earl; its turned-up-nose voiceover is almost enough to make you shut the whole thing off. The film has received positive reviews from critics. There are a couple of issues with the film, besides its snarky opening, which prevent from being a total success. | Rating: 2.5/4 The 75 Best Horror Movies of the 21st Century. I enjoyed the plot of following Greg a socially awkward teen through an unexpected tragedy with Rachel, a girl he thought he'd never be friends with. There's no romance between the confused guy and the dying girl. For one it doesn't romanticize cancer. Greg (Thomas Mann) is a detached and depressive teenager, who resists emotional involvement to such a degree that he can't even admit that his best friend since childhood, Earl (RJ Cyler), is his best friend. |, April 11, 2020 The whole point of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is that through his relationship with Rachel, Greg starts to live for someone other than himself. | Fresh (172) The problem with the Dying Girl trope is that she has no other identity besides strength-and-detachment-derived-from-cancer. 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