Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush have released the first Me and Earl and the Dying Girl trailer for director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (American Horror Story) smash Sundance hit—it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the festival in January. The film is an adaptation of the Jesse Andrews novel of the same name and 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.
I caught the film at Sundance and, as saccharine and “Sundance-y” as that premise sounds, trust me when I say it’s an incredibly moving, funny, and thoughtful film. Oh, and you may be wiping away one or several tears as the credits roll.
This trailer is actually a pretty spot-on representation of the movie as a whole, getting across the dryly humorous tone, as well as the emotional heart at the center of the story. Again, this kind of film is easy to write off based on a simple description, but it’s a genuinely touching, human piece of work that will also speak to anyone who fell in love with film at an early age.
Check out the Me and Earl and the Dying Girl trailer below, click here to read my review, and click here for Steve’s interview with Gomez-Rejon. The film also stars Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Jon Bernthal, Molly Shannon, and newcomer RJ Cyler, who’s really something. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl opens in theaters on June 12th.
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.