The Me of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is Thomas Mann's Greg, a kid who refuses to belong to a single clique, choosing instead to float through high school without making a single legitimate friend. The closest thing he has to a friend is Earl (RJ Cyler), his "co-worker" with whom he crafts delightful homages to Criterion classics. And then there's the Dying Girl (Olivia Cooke), whom Greg is forced to spend time with at the behest of his mother, forcing him to confront his own selfishness.
I had a chance to speak with Mann, Cyler and Cooke about their experience making the film, their "sweded" versions of Criterion films, and the way they related to their individual characters to make Me and Earl and the Dying Girl feel more grounded and honest.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a very special film, and one that could have easily fallen into cliches, but thanks in large part to the performances from this trio of actors, the film feels genuine and exceptionally poignant.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl hits theaters this weekend.