Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Friday, 03 April 2020

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)


    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.


    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.


    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).


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


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


    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.


    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.


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

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