First hearing about this movie and what it is about, it is very easy to assume that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a movie following the recent movie trend of teenagers meeting, the girl getting cancer, and the guy getting the girl. Remove those thoughts because Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a unique take on senior Greg Gaine’s (Thomas Mann) life and how it is affected by a girl he did not previously talk to getting cancer. Greg Gaines is an introvert senior who has dedicated his time to going completely unnoticed throughout his time in high school, but that is completely ruined when a girl named Rachel (Olivia Cooke) is diagnosed with leukemia.
Being a book-to-movie adaptation, the movie followed closely to the book, with the book’s tagline being “the funniest book you will read about cancer.” While maybe not the funniest, there are definitely laugh out loud moments coming from every character in this movie. The actors did their jobs beautifully, the relationship between Greg and Rachel was not forced, and the reactions of the characters throughout the film were really genuine. You will definitely need tissues to get through this movie, whether it is from laughter or tears. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl came out on June 12th of this year, which might seem not very recent, but, regardless of time, it is worth the watch as it is a work of art. It is truly refreshing seeing that not all movies that have teenagers and cancer have to have love, and because of that, this movie should be rated nine whole popcorn buckets out of ten.