ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL:   The winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, this totally unique film deserves most of the accolades that continue to pour in.  As the title suggests, it is about the friendship that evolves between Greg, Earl and Rachel, the latter struggling with leukemia.  While that may not sound like grist for a comedy, it is one.  The three young leads (Thomas Mann, R. J. Cyler and Olivia Cooke) do their jobs admirably but it is the inventiveness of the director and his cinematographer that sets this one apart from similar films (i.e. “Juno” or “The Perks of Being a Wallflower).  With many references to other films, (Our heroes make parodies of famous flicks.  For example. “Midnight Cowboy” in their version, becomes “9:34 P.M. Cowboy”) part of the fun is getting the joke.  So all in all, I liked it even though I found it a bit quirky and at times totally unrealistic.  It’s a nice little indie film that deserves to be seen.  And what a wonderful surprise or two at the end.

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