Friday, June 12, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Review - 4 Stars

A forced friendship with a girl dying of leukemia turns into an unsentimental comedy and coming-of-age event in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” Starring mostly unknown actors, Thomas Mann hits just the right note as the teen required to befriend Olivia Cooke. The boy and his best friend (RJ Cyler) love movies and spend their days remaking classics as comic riffs such as “A Sockwork Orange.” Adults include the always brusk Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon, in an especially strong role as the dying girl’s mother. “Me and Earl” finds unusual laughter, while avoiding cheap sentiment. Does it deliver what it promises? Unusual comedy. Is it entertaining? Surprisingly good. Is it worth the price of admission? One of the summer’s best.