I've always been a firm believer that it's always the unexpected which changes your life forever. When we let our guards down, life usually sweeps in and shoves a tiny—but actually significant—change our way. The butterfly effect, you know. Sometimes it's the kind of change that lights up our world, sometimes it's the change we need to learn from and let go. And never in your life does change seem to more profound than when you were young, which is why coming-of-age movies are so riveting. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is just one of those movies. It's the kind of movies that you thought was going to be one thing but turns out to be something else entirely. It's one of those movies which has you clutching your sides from laughter and feeling all the emotions you're afraid of facing. It could change your life, or at least your perspective, if you just give it a chance.
The story starts out when Greg (Thomas Mann) is ambushed by his parents to hang out with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), their neighbour who just got diagnosed with leukaemia. At first he resists and makes a whole scene about not going, but somehow he finally relents and goes to see her. While at her house, his 'colleague' Earl (C.J. Tyler) calls. Greg and Earl have known each other since they were little and have been making short films with each other for years, hence 'colleague.' Later on, Earl meets Rachel and they all become good friends. Coloured with adolescent insecurities, ripe comedies and a surprisingly serious circumstance, their friendship is put to the test and Greg is forced to see who he really is.
With a bit of Wes Anderson-like quality and an all-american coming-of-age storyline and perspective, this movie first feels like a big joke, which overshadows the weight of Rachel's disease. It first asks you to laugh, not really revealing where it is actually going. It feels exactly like life with a large amount of comedy and other emotions mixed within. To me, this feels much truer to life than, say, The Fault in Our Stars. My Dad says Greg is like me, which is probably why I can relate so hard to this movie, knowing exactly how Greg feels and end up self-reflecting a lot. Movies like this are definitely worth a watch. Brb crying.