Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and stars Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler and Olivia Cooke. The film is based on a novel written by Jesse Andrews, and is about a high schooler named Greg (Thomas Mann), who is a bit of a loner and spends most of his time with his friend Earl (RJ Cyler), making crazy parodies of movies. However, he eventually stumbles into a friendship with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a girl at his school diagnosed with leukemia. This friendship buds into something that changes him, Earl and Rachel for the rest of their lives.
Just to start, I absolutely love dramedies and coming of age stories, so this film was tailor-made for me. That could partially be one of the reasons that I enjoyed this film to the extent that I did, but it also has to do with the fantastic performances from the lead actors, as well as a believable story that never at any moment became too sappy or cheesy, or even like those romantic young adult films that the industry is pumping out weekly. No, this film was its own thing, a unique take on high school, cancer and life in general. I went into the movie theater expecting this movie to be great (after all, it won Sundance, right?) and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl did not disappoint in the slightest.