Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

DVD - 2015
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A uniquely funny and moving story about Greg, a high school senior who avoids deep human relationships as a way to safely navigate the social mine field that is teenage life. In fact, he describes his best friend Earl, with whom he makes short-film parodies of classic movies, as being 'more like a co-worker'. But when Greg's mom insists he spends time with Rachel, a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer, Greg discovers just how powerful and important true friendship can be.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2015]
Branch Call Number: TEEN DVD ME
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 2.0
video file,DVD video,Region 1


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Jan 16, 2019

Cooke as the dying girl was amazing.

d2013 May 15, 2018

Great film, funny and moving!

Mar 21, 2018

Pretty good movie but kind of slow and boring at times! But kind of a tear jerk er at the end!!

Mar 06, 2018

It’s been almost forty years since I was a teenager and I never was much of a slacker. Unfortunately those two qualities seem mandatory requirements in order to enjoy Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s teenage slacker comedy-tearjerker so it’s understandable that I really wanted to dislike it. But this adolescent dramedy has a way of drawing you in despite the corny one-liners, packaged angst, and blatantly manipulative plot devices—or perhaps it is precisely these flaws that lend it a certain awkward gravitas? “This isn’t a touching romantic story…” insists main character Greg in retrospect even though Gomez-Rejon draws upon every weepy cinematic cliché from "Love Story" to "Beaches" in order to yank our heartstrings. And yet there is a certain lopsided freshness to his approach that forces us to see these kleenex moments in a different light. Perhaps it’s those doses of millennial humour—part harebrained non-sequiturs, part cynical commentary—that defuse the pathos and cause a double take. Maybe it's the loving yet ineffectual adults that reminded me of my own age—Greg’s dad (Nick Offerman!) is an intellectual dilettante; Rachel’s mom is a lonely cougar full of regrets; an outspoken history teacher is a thirty-something anarchist. Or perhaps it was the unexpectedly surreal ending, bolstered by Brian Eno’s eclectic score, that jolted me out of my middle-aged rut and made me realize that this movie speaks to a different generation than my own (nowadays I even view "The Breakfast Club" with the same sense of puzzlement—was I ever that young?) A fine cast play off each other with expert precision as Greg’s self-obsessed pessimism bounces off Earl’s urban smarts and Rachel’s angry fatalism, and Gomez-Rejon keeps the narrative flowing with energetic camerawork, a bit of animation, and some cutesy intertitles that could have been lifted from any highschool essay. Not a perfect film by any stretch, but one not afraid to wear its fresh young heart on its sophomore sleeve.

Feb 06, 2018

Solid little movie. I just saw one critic note enjoyment on the parodied movie titles; for me it was definitely Greg's (me) fascinatingly, creatively flowing sense of humour. It was cool to see Rachel (dying girl) react to this, especially when they first met. There was no boring moment and it was funny and entertaining, although not a perfect film (or even a 4-star film / 5). To round out the crew, Earl (Earl) had his moments, but I found him funniest when he was on the couch with Greg at the beginning. Spoiler alert: movie has spoilers in it. Public note to self: no more movie reviews at 3am.

Jan 24, 2018

Great movie, love the story!

lotuslori_8 Sep 29, 2017

I loved this quirky and tender movie about a teenager in his senior year trying to navigate high school and life totally detached. He refers to Earl as his business partner rather than his best friend, even though they have been together since primary school. Of course, this all changes when he is forced to get to know Rachel.

Sep 12, 2017

I enjoyed this movie. This movie is both for young and old.

May 17, 2017

I liked the way the characters develop and new things about them are revealed even at the end. This has some parallels with 13 Reasons Why although suitable for a slightly younger audience, far less controversial and obviously shorter. Both are about the value of life, communication, perspectives and loss but this ends on a hopeful note with a grudging acceptance whereas 13 Reasons Why ends like a train wreck you can't stop and regret in the pit of your stomach.

Jan 11, 2017

"Overall, I enjoyed this film much more than the book, I actually think it’s better which is ironic considering how the author wrote the screenplay, so maybe he attempted to “fix” certain elements which work but the fact that the story is still about Greg is not very interesting even if Thomas Mann manages to breathe some likability into him..."
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Dec 31, 2015

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Jan 24, 2018

Greg: One last thing. Hot girls destroy your life. That's just a fact.


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