The comedy-drama, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, is the story of two high school film geeks, Greg and Earl, who meet Rachel, a classmate with leukemia, and try to make a film for her. The movie is funny and sad, well written and cast (Molly Shannon, Connie Britton, Nick Offerman).
The kind of love that rips your heart out and gives you a new one.
It’s also over the top in the wonderful way movies often are. In their films, Greg and Earl re-enact a bunch of scenes from classic cinema, and yet, it ultimately rings true. I love that it was shot and set in Pittsburg, an actual place.
Sensitive readers be warned, there’s crass teenage boy humor, because the film’s protagonist is a teenage boy, but he’s a pretty tender hearted one at that.
And I don’t think it’s giving away anything to say that Greg falls in love with Rachel, but this is not the romantic love of most teen films (e.g. The Fault in Our Stars). As Greg says, “If this were a touching romantic story this is the part where we’d be making out with the fiery passion of a thousand suns.”
Rather, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a story about love love, the kind that’s more than a feeling, the kind that’s also a virtue. Love is way of being. It’s a habit of showing up in somebody’s life and being there, when it’s not necessarily in your self-interest to do so. It’s hoping all things, believing all things, enduring all things, persevering through all things (1 Cor. 13: 4-7). This is a coming of age story about the kind of love that rips your heart out and gives you a new one. Go see it. PG-13