At First Glance: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

When one story about a young girl with cancer finds success, why not have another? All you have to do is cast the right people, find the right source material and make sure it has a similar, if not more so, charming element. Recipe for success?!

The upcoming Fox Searchlight Pictures film “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”, certainly looks like it has the charm needed, along with humor and dramatic human moments one can expect from a film aimed at the younger demographic.

This comedy-drama stars Thomas Mann (upcoming “The Stanford Prison Experiment”, “Barely Lethal”), Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”, “Ouija”), Ronald Cyler (“Second Chances”), Jon Bernthal (upcoming films “Sicario”, “We Are Your Friends”), Nick Offerman (upcoming “Knight of Cups”, “Danny Collins”), Connie Britton (upcoming projects “American Ultra”, “American Crime Story”), and Molly Shannon (upcoming “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”, “Benched”).

The film is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Red Band Society”, “The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)”) and written by Jesse Andrews. It is based on the novel of the same name by Andrews.

The film is expected to hit theaters on June 12, 2015 in a limited release with a wide release most likely following a bit afterwards. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25, 2015 and has since been seen at numerous other festivals. It has since won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival among a few other nominations and wins.

While this film, if it hasn’t already, will no doubt be annoyingly compared to “The Fault in Our Stars”, so far it doesn’t seem like it will hurt this film, nor do I think it will.

First and foremost (only thing really), this cast. It’s amazing! I only really know Cooke, Britton, and Shannon, but I’ve yet to be let down by them. Along with these three women, the rest of the cast, oddly all male, appear to be perfect for this film.

From this trailer alone, and what I’m guessing will be small parts for Britton, Shannon and Offerman, there’s just so much warmth and heart, among other things, that will make them stand out. Each time I watched the trailer, I was immedietly amazed, and excited, about Britton and Shannon. I can’t wait to see what else they bring.

With regards to the younger actors, they look pretty well in sync, whatever that means. There’s a lot of chemistry, which is already allowing the relationships that exist and will develop, to shine through. This chemistry, which also translates into something relatable for the audience, seeped through and moved me already. If I wasn’t laughing and enjoying a moment between the principal actors, I was moved, not to tears, but enough where I was a bit more invested than I expected. It’s these exact moments that has me oddly excited. I guess this is what it felt like to be excited for “The Fault in Our Stars”. A film with laughter, heart and a whole lot of charm certainly warrants getting excited about and deserves to be seen!

This may not be much to go on, but I feel the fact that I can be excited from this a good thing, especially when this looks like it will be big character driven film. This notion isn’t new either, but when I watch a new trailer for a film I find myself liking, regardless of who’s in it and what it’s about, I go with my gut. Granted this has also given me some not so stellar films, but I’ve been steered correctly enough times, that I’m not ready to abandon it yet. Let’s hope I can make some time for this film when it comes out.


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