New ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL Featurette
Check out the new Me and Earl and the Dying Girl featurette that was released yesterday by Entertainment Weekly. First off, once you realize that the movie involves a girl with cancer, you might already draw up a comparison with the very well known movie and book The Fault in Our Stars. However, once you’ve seen the trailer and clips, you might think differently. It definitely stands out as something looking very much un-like TFIOS, and yet apparently touching in its own right.
Based on Jesse Andrews novel, the film tells the story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a slightly awkward high-school student whose savvy social survival skills are predicated on being as distant as possible from his peers without offending anyone. He even refers to his best friend, Earl (RJ Cyler), as a co-worker instead of a friend—never mind that they’ve never technically worked together and spend hours making terrible short films inspired by dumbed-down versions of classic titles (like Eyes Wide Butt and Rosemary Baby Carrots).
But when his meddling parents pressure him to be a good neighbor to Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate diagnosed with leukemia, the walls that he’s carefully constructed in his life and in his adolescent mind show some cracks. As Nick Offerman, who plays Greg’s father in the film, says in an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette, “The way that the two young men address Rachel’s sickness is wonderfully human and clumsy.”
Yes, it’s definitely more indie than mainstream, but still, the story is not so off-kilter or in-your-head like actual indie movies. It has heart to it and emotion and even romance. At least that’s what it looks like.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl opens in theaters June 12th.
Check out the latest TV spot and clips from the movie