Friday, July 3, 2015
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl!
I don't go to a lot of movies anymore, mostly because I don't have the time, the money nor the interest in comic book movies but every once in a while I indulge.
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is the type of movie that makes me happy. Happy because it lets me know there are real film makers out there with a reverence for storytelling about real people. Man, is this one a gem.
Me And Earl And the Dying Girl pretty much sums it up in the title. Awkward teen boy named Greg, is about to struggle through senior year of high school along with buddy from other side of tracks, Earl. They are both film geeks who make parody films and watch classic movies at home and hang out in the weird history teachers office eating lunch.
Forced by his mom to "hang out" with a girl named Rachel who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, Greg finds out who he is. A sweet kid with a conscience and a lot of self doubt.
Being a love story it is not, unless you think it may be a love story to movies (which it is). None of this is predictable. It features homages to indie films by showing chapter headings like "This is the part where I get into my first fight ever".
Me and Earl is a movie that will make you cry. Oh there's no doubt about that, just read the title again, but there are a lot of laughs and a lot of sweetness getting to the balling your eyes out part.
It's smart (the "hot Pussy Riot girl" reference) and sweet and damn good.
Please support this type of movie. If you do, they'll make more.
And hey, Nick Offerman and Connie Britton are Greg's parents. Yep, Ron Swanson and Tammy Taylor. They are worth the price of admission alone.