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ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

Director: ALFONSO GOMEZ-REJON

105 minutes, U.S.A., 2015, Digital


This film was released on Friday 4th September 2015 and is no longer screening.

Greg (Thomas Mann) is convinced that the key to surviving the high school experience is to maintain cordial relations with all of the various disparate tribes and factions while avoiding real friendships in any. His closest bond is with Earl (R.J. Cyler), with whom he makes parodies of classics of world cinema. When Greg’s parents (Connie Britton, Nick Offerman) force him to spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate who has just been diagnosed with leukaemia, he is reluctant, as, it turns out, is she.

What could have been a predictable, mawkishly sentimental story is in fact anything but; director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, working from a script by Jesse Andrews, who adapted his own novel, has created one of the summer’s greatest pleasures, an inventive, whip-smart, touching, and genuinely funny film filled with allusions to cinematic greats. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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