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bwood
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"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (my nigga Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, 2015)"


  

          

Yo when this shit was announced last year I was hyped. Two film niggas befriend a girl with cancer and turn her out into film geek too. And then to hear this shit was the Sundance darling made me happy.

I'm seeing this Wednesday night. I'm not linking the trailer and I haven't seen it. I just hope my nigga Alfonso brought his A game cause his visuals always blow me away.

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I'm in
May 04th 2015
1
This might get a bunch of nominations this Awards Season.
May 07th 2015
2
Also, Earl is the realest nigga I've seen in a movie in a while.
May 07th 2015
3
that trailer DOES NOT do anything for me
May 07th 2015
4
Saw it again with a Q&A this time.
May 28th 2015
5
Cliche riddled, stylistically obnoxious. A "Sundance movie."
Jun 14th 2015
6
damn, i usually like your reviews and opinion
Jun 14th 2015
8
      I'd still check it out. Those who love it seem to really love it.
Jun 15th 2015
9
The title reminds me that I never saw
Jun 14th 2015
7
Loved it
Sep 22nd 2015
10
first movie in a while that made me ... somebody cut onions
Sep 23rd 2015
11
two motherfuckin' thumbs up!
Sep 24th 2015
12

lfresh
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Mon May-04-15 11:14 PM

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1. "I'm in"
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bwood
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Thu May-07-15 10:18 PM

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2. "This might get a bunch of nominations this Awards Season. "
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NNNNNNIIIIIIIIGGGGGGAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish more movies were like this. Real characters going through life doing real shit without the film being emotional manipulative or cloying. This has an all star cast and everyone brings there A game.

My nigga Alfonso brought his unique visual style here as well. Every frame in this film could be taken and put in an art museum. If this is a hit which I think it will be, the world is gonna be his oyster. Seriously.

If you get sick of watching shit blow up this summer then go peep this when it drops in June 12 and expands throughout the month. This is top notch shit right here.

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bwood
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3. "Also, Earl is the realest nigga I've seen in a movie in a while."
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Not only did he have the best lines, but the kid who plays him makes his understated. He steals this movie and I hope the character gets a spin-off.

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astralblak
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Thu May-07-15 10:33 PM

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4. "that trailer DOES NOT do anything for me"
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but I will watch it

  

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bwood
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Thu May-28-15 09:15 AM

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5. "Saw it again with a Q&A this time."
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Yo! Nick Offerman lost mad weight b. And Jesse Andrews is hilarious as well. Dude seems to have ADD.

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Frank Longo
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Sun Jun-14-15 08:45 PM

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6. "Cliche riddled, stylistically obnoxious. A "Sundance movie.""
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With all the negative connotations that label in quotes brings. Constant cuts and obnoxious camera angle switches take away from the story, and when you combine that with the cliches and manipulation... look, I can take cliche and manipulation just fine (I dug A Fault In Our Stars), but the stylistic obnoxiousness reeeeeeally pushes it over the edge.

On top of that, it's a classic "white kid learns how to live from poor oversexed fight-ready drug-savvy black guy, endlessly patient and giving and pixie-ish cancer girl, and name actors as teachers/parents who act like themselves and dole out wisdom and the occasional laugh" story. We've seen these elements a ton, and while the acting is fine (mostly from Earl and the dying girl, as Thomas Mann is fairly charisma-less), the story's self-awareness doesn't make up for the fact that the characters don't ever really transcend their foundation in cliche. Movies like this rely on the characters really breathing, and the movie doesn't give us enough time fleshing out Earl or the dying girl-- we just get the occasional factoids our main character spouts. Any amount of appeal they generate is rooted in the performers doing good work.

Sorry, bwood. Definitely not for me, and objectively I really struggle to see this generating any sort of awards buzz outside of maybe the Spirits. It'll be divided heavily between the people who buy in to what it's selling and the people who violently reject it. My gut reaction puts me closer to the latter camp.

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josephmurf2384
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Sun Jun-14-15 10:40 PM

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8. "damn, i usually like your reviews and opinion"
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but i am hoping you are wrong on this. Didn't get a chance to see it this weekend, but will give it a shot next weekend.

  

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Frank Longo
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9. "I'd still check it out. Those who love it seem to really love it."
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And I'm sure multiple people will come into this post and tell you that my opinion is objectively wrong, lol.

Just know that there's a chance you'll end up on my side of the fence.

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7. "The title reminds me that I never saw"
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Nappy Soul
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Tue Sep-22-15 12:16 PM

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10. "Loved it"
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Tue Sep-22-15 12:19 PM by Nappy Soul

  

          

It's a sweet flick with a lot of heart. It's presented as a comedy but has part of the movie play out as a drama where characters feel real. Yes there is manipulation but storytelling is always manipulated to guide the narrative. The style fits with the teenage angst of the characters hobbies. I really enjoyed it. Made me feel a lot of different emotions ,it was funny and witsy and above all it stuck to what it wanted to say without too much bullshit on the side. Within that universe Earl and the history teacher would have been fun to explore.

PS : Even my girl who like more "Conventional comedies ( Ted , Kathryn Heigl, Kevin Hart, Mellisa McCartrhy) dug it.

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11. "first movie in a while that made me ... somebody cut onions"
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boyd
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Thu Sep-24-15 11:15 AM

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12. "two motherfuckin' thumbs up!"
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