June 19, 2015

Movie Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ***

Another kid-dying-of-cancer movie. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars you'll probably like this.
I liked Fault but this was just more of the same, only different kids.
Olivia Cooke, who plays the dying girl, is adorable but she doesn't have much to do, even though it's all about her. Thomas Mann does a great job as Greg, the "Me" in the story (right, in the picture below), as does RJ Cyler as Earl (left). But the rest of the cast are distracting caricatures whose quirks serve no other purpose than to
annoy me; there's the dad who never wears anything but a bathrobe (guess where he is) and who eats slimy, oddly colored foods. He's married to the mom who's over-protective and over-meddling and over-annoying. And there's Molly Shannon who plays the dying girl's mother, who always has a glass of wine in her hand and who comes on to all the young boys.
And then there's Greg's narration, and all along he keeps telling you she's not going to die, but she does. So what's the point in that?
The last act was sweet and almost made it worth staying, but it wasn't easy slogging through the rest of it.
Three stars out of five for Me and Earl and The Dying Girl. 

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