“I have no idea how to tell this story. I don’t even know how to start it. This is the story of my senior year of high school and how it destroyed my life.”
Just one watch of the trailer for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is enough to win us over. From the awkwardness of Thomas Mann’s Greg and the sweetness of Olivia Cooke’s Rachel, to the overall quirky and offbeat tone of the film, it’s easy to imagine this being the next big hit in YA adaptations.
The fact that it was also a massive success at Sundance earlier in the year (winning the Dramatic Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for the U.S. Dramatic competition), gives us even higher hopes for the film which is based on Jesse Andrews’ 2012 debut novel of the same name.
Mann stars as Greg Gaines, a slightly awkward and socially invisible teen who spends his time making movies with his only friend, Earl. When Greg’s classmate Rachel is diagnosed with cancer, his mum suggests he befriend her. And so Greg starts spending time with the ‘dying girl’ and with Earl’s help, he decides to make a film for Rachel, never fully understanding or acknowledging the fact that her life clock is ticking down.
Any worries about this being just another teen cancer-romance akin to The Fault In Our Stars are instantly squashed when you watch the trailer. The book received mixed reviews but was praised for portraying a serious subject matter with a lightness and humour. It seems as if that spirit that has transferred over to the film too.
Boasting a great cast that includes Jon Bernthal, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton and Molly Shannon, this is one teen-drama we can’t wait to watch when it hits UK cinemas in September 2015.