Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comments

Members' ratings and comments for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl shown on 29th March 2017

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Members’ rating 81.03%. A-30 B-16, C-8, D-4, E-0.
58 votes from 105 members signing in.


Members’ comments:

‘A’ (excellent): I just loved it: fresh, fun and sad. Mind-blowingly good – extraordinarily well done – an incredibly difficult story handled so well. Very funny and touching. Superbly covered a difficult subject. Speech difficult to start with, but improved later – very touching. Beautiful, wonderfully weird and poignant growing up story. Deep joy – best yet – just can’t write how amazing this was. One of the best. Very moving and enjoyable film with great acting – probably the best film this season. A very good example of this genre – had I been watching alone I would have wept buckets – the actress playing the girl was impossible not to watch – loved the animation too. Sad, but not mawkish in any way – an original and fresh style, funny and deep too – this is how the world looks to a 17 year old I’m sure. What a fabulous imagination! Bittersweet coming of age movie – beautiful depth of emotion for both old and new friends – great sense of humour – lovely film. Much enjoyed – good acting. Sweet and sour – bonkers and beautiful. A teen movie with a heart – but somehow more than just that – understated and compelling. As true, funny and sad as The Catcher in the Rye – and as original: why doesn’t America make more films like this? Very moving and entertaining portrayal of a very difficult subject. A sad yet interesting story, turned into an amazing film through fantastic narration, filming, music and production – an emotional roller coaster sums it up for me. Made me laugh a bit, feel sad a bit, and cross in places but enjoyed it very much. Loved it – moving, funny – a gem of a film. Beautiful, original film – very funny and very sad at the same time – I was very moved by it – loved it. Creative genius on 8M US dollars – marvellous. An inspired choice CFS! Just brilliant – I loved the long wide bedroom scene – superb.

‘B’ (very good): Weirdly I enjoyed the film at the beginning with the odd humour, but the end was too much! It went on too long in sadness. Very good acting, pace a bit fast at times, hearing and understanding what was happening a bit difficult at times – subject matter good. Poignant. Cancer with a smile. Deeply felt, fine acting and camera work but I would have liked subtitles some of the time. Very funny, human and watchable – loved it. Held attention very well around most unusual subject matter – most thoughtful. Slightly unrealistic but good. A touching story very well acted and showing teenagers in the USA dealing with death – but somewhat confusing. If you could please put some subtitles it would be really nice.

‘C’ (good): I did enjoy this film but wasn’t captivated by it. A good film spoiled by the cast mumbling. Enjoyable, a little too long but overall very well done. Different, difficult to understand the culture of American teenagers!

‘D’ (fair): Slow development: unconvincing two-dimensional characters: self-indulgent. Could only be American and ending sentimentally – the token black friendship and the embarrassing parents - it got a bit better after half way – I know I’m being harsh! Have never enjoyed US high school/college based movies and this mawkish example didn’t change my mind.

‘E’ (poor): (No comments)

Bonus information:  Film references contained within Me and Earl...

The term given to Greg and Earl's hobby in the film is called "sweding": "The summarized recreation of popular pop-culture films using limited budgets and a camcorder. The process is called sweding. Upon completion the film has been Sweded."

The origin of this term? In the Michel Gondry film Be Kind Rewind, the character Jerry accidentally erases the videotapes at Mos Def's rental store, and the pair remake all the movies themselves. These versions become popular with customers, who are told they take longer to arrive and cost more because they come from Sweden. Hence, the films are referred to as 'Sweded'. (source: Urban Dictionary)

Below is a list of the film references contained within Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Did you spot any that aren't listed below?

  1. Anatomy of a Burger (Anatomy of a Murder, Otto Preminger, 1959)
  2. Ate 1/2 (Of My Lunch) (8 1/2, Federico Fellini, 1963)
  3. A Box O’Lips, Wow (Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
  4. The Battle of All Deer (The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)
  5. Breathe Less (Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
  6. Brew Vervet (Blue Velvet, David Lynch, 1986)
  7. Burden of Screams (Burden of Dreams, Les Blank, 1982)
  8. Can’t Tempt (Contempt, Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
  9. Crouching Housecat, Hidden Housecat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee, 2000)
  10. Death in Tennis (Death in Venice, Luchino Visconti, 1971)
  11. My Dinner with Andre the Giant (My Dinner with Andre, Louis Malle, 1981)
  12. Don’t Look Now, Because a Creepy-Ass Dwarf is About to Kill You!!! Damn. (Don’t Look Now, Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
  13. Eyes Wide Butt (Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
  14. Hairy, Old and Mod (Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby, 1971)
  15. La Gelee (La Jetèe, Chris Marker, 1962)
  16. Gone with My Wind (Gone with the Wind, Victor Fleming, 1939)
  17. Gross Encounters of the Turd Kind (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg, 1977)
  18. Grumpy Cul-de-sacs (Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese, 1973)
  19. It’s a Punderful Life (It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra, 1946)
  20. The Janitor of Oz (The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, 1939)
  21. The Lady Manishness (The Lady Vanishes, Alfred Hitchcock, 1938)
  22. Monorash (Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
  23. My Best Actor is Also a Dangerous Lunatic (My Best Fiend, Werner Herzog, 1999)
  24. Nose Ferret 2 (Nosferatu, FW Murnau, 1922)
  25. Pittsburghasqatsi (Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio, 1982)
  26. Pooping Tom (Peeping Tom, Michael Powell, 1960)
  27. The Prunes of Wrath (The Grapes of Wrath, John Ford, 1940)
  28. Raging Bullsh*t (Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese, 1980)
  29. Rear Wind (Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
  30. Rosemary Baby Carrots (Rosemary’s Baby, Roman Polanski, 1968)
  31. Scabface (Scarface, Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson, 1932)
  32. Second (Helpings of Dinner) (Seconds, John Frankenheimer, 1966)
  33. Senior Citizen Cane (Citizen Kane, Orson Welles, 1941)
  34. The Seven Seals (The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
  35. A Sockwork Orange (A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
  36. The Complete Lack of Conversation (The Conversation, Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  37. The Last Crustacean of Christ (The Last Temptation of Christ, Martin Scorsese, 1988)
  38. The Rad Shoes (The Red Shoes, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
  39. The Turd Man (The Third Man, Carol Reed, 1949)
  40. The 400 Bros (The 400 Blows, François Truffaut, 1959)
  41. Um (M, Fritz Lang, 1931)
  42. Vere’d He Go? (Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
  43. Wages for Beer (The Wages of Fear, Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)
  44. Yellow Submarine Sandwich (Yellow Submarine, George Dunning, 1968)
  45. ZZZ (Z, Costa-Gavras, 1969)
  46. 2:48PM Cowboy (Midnight Cowboy, John Schlesinger, 1969)
  47. 49th Parallelogram (49th Parallel, Michael Powell, 1941)


Source: David Ehrlich via this website.