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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 1 July 2015 (USA)
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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.

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Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia. Written by Toby Padilla

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This is the poster that tells you a little friendship never killed anyone. See more »

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Rated PG - 13 for sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Yo, él y Raquel  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$364,039 (USA) (19 June 2015)

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$6,743,776 (USA) (28 August 2015)
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The picture of Wolverine on Rachel's wall is actually voiced by Hugh Jackman himself. See more »

Goofs

When Greg is playing the video that Earl left at his house, the Mac video player that he is playing it in reads 00:00:00 throughout and there is no active pointer running through the time line at the bottom (as is standard) See more »

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Greg: You know I'm terminally awkward and I have a face like a little groundhog. I just feel like, you know, for a kid like me in high school best case scenario, just survive. You know? Survive without creating any mortal enemies or hideously embarassing yourself forever.
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Spoofs Seconds (1966) See more »

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NY's Alright
Written by Eli Kasan, Tom Pryne, Cary Belback and Gavin Clark Jensen
Performed by The Gotobeds
Courtesy of 12XU Recordings
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Not Just Marketable, But Good Too
30 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It would be easy to criticize the fact that Me & Earl & the Dying Girl appears to have been genetically engineered to be a summer box office moneymaker (Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush have already snatched up the rights for a record- breaking $12 million). It's an adaptation of a young adult novel about adolescent friendship in the midst of terminal illness, which is hot in Hollywood right now thanks to The Fault in Our Stars. Basically, I went in to this film wanting to despise it for its utter marketability. Upon seeing it, however, I was reminded that movies can be commercially successful and good at the same time—and that's okay. The film chronicles the senior year of Greg (Thomas Mann), his friend Earl (R.J. Cyler), and Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Though all of the teen dramedy tropes are present—awkward parents, the teacher who gets it, the exploration of high school cliques—the excellent supporting cast keeps the narrative fresh. Greg's parents (Connie Britton and Nick Offerman) add an eccentric jolt of parental weirdness to their scenes, and The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal takes archetypal cool teacher role into some original territory with his tattoos and battle- scholar vibe. While I found myself wanting more in regards to Rachel's character, the film's treatment of her friendship with Greg is both darkly funny and realistically somber. This is one movie that it's safe to see regardless of its soon-to-be huge commercial appeal. –Alex Springer


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