Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Fourth Great Movie Of 2015.

High school is extra nuts. And I’m not talking mistaking-the-teaspoon-with-the-tablespoon kind of nuts – I’m talking about Mel Gibson downing a 5-hour Energy and accidentally showing up at a bar mitzvah kind of nuts.

It’s a lot to ask a teenager to navigate through this unscathed. Greg is a senior who chooses not to engage with his classmates, circumventing the system by being pleasant yet utterly forgettable.

That’s until his mom insists he hang out with Rachel, a girl from his school who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Which is when we find out he is intelligent with an offbeat sense of humor. He tries to cheer Rachel up; she encourages him to apply to college.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance. It’s original and funny and tragic and the best film of the year. I can’t recommend it enough.

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