Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Monday, 16 September 2019

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    The LeBron James of YA.

  • Starring:

    Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Katherine C. Hughes

  • Directed by:

    Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

  • Running time:

    105 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are punched, shot (theatrical), wrestled, headlocked. Animals get stomped on (animation), thrown/dropped (theatrical). Professional torturers/punching the hell out of someone, sexual assault, killing himself, beheading mentioned. Convulsing (comic). A teen threatens to stab, shoot, throat-slash, hammer another teen. Arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Patient in hospital bed, medical equipment.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A teen views pornographic material on his pc. Masturbation, erection, pervert, mono, STD mentioned. References to sex acts. Shirtless teen, skimpy clothing. Flirting, bum-grabbing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Two youths get accidentally stoned, teens smoke marijuana at school, a teen receives (assumed) chemotherapy treatment. Stoners, marijuana, poison mentioned. Drawer of prescription pills. Alcohol (wine), underage drinking. Smoking (cigarette, cigar).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Teenage stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Unlikely/doomed friendships, leukaemia, high school/seniors, filmmaking, cinephilia, writing, parody, hallucinations, best friends, college, death, dying, grief, self-loathing.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased friend. Deceased dad/husband mentioned. Cat, dogs, monkey. Crocodiles, moose, chipmunk (animation). Cuttlefish, pigs trotter, seafood eaten. Spiders, wasps mentioned. Throwing up, chemotherapy mentioned. Based on the novel by Jesse Andrews.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Poignant, witty, deep, smart, brutal, honest, quirky, fresh, beautiful, heartbreaking, genre-breaking, wonderful, surprising, charming, tear-jerking, accesible, funny, bittersweet, inventive, personal, winning, captivating, memorable, rousing, relatable, bruising, inspired, insightful, refreshing. Spectacular cast, sincere performances, imaginative cinematography, multi-dimensional/terrific/sharp/authentic script, ace score, feels handmade/heartfelt.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Familiar, twee, self-absorbed. Slightly overlong, occasionally stilted pace, a little precious, some one-note characters.

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