New ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL Trailer Goes Heavy on Jokes, Emotion

     May 20, 2015

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Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush have released a new international trailer for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story), the film was this year’s big winner at the Sundance Film Festival, following in the footsteps of Whiplash and Fruitvale Station by taking home both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. I was one of those that caught the movie at Sundance and yeah, it’s really, really good.

Based on the Jesse Andrews novel of the same name, the film revolves around a Criterion Collection-obsessed high school senior (Thomas Mann) who is talked into spending time with an acquaintance classmate (Olivia Cooke) who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. It’s a film that wears its heart on its sleeve, but if you refuse the need to be cynical for two hours, it’ll hit you with an emotional gut punch.

This new trailer does a nice job of highlighting the film’s sharp humor as well as its more emotion-heavy scenes, which never really get bogged down with the heavy-handedness I kept bracing for. This is a special, sweet little movie, and I highly suggest seeking it out when it hits theaters this summer.

Watch the new trailer below, via MTV, click here to read my review, and click here for Steve’s interview with Gomez-Rejon. The film opens June 12th and also stars RJ Cyler, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Jon Bernthal, and Molly Shannon.

Here’s the official synopsis for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl:

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life.  He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.


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