“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Rated PG-13

1 hour 45 Minutes

Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, R J Cyler

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) — Let’s be honest, just hearing the title, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”, it’s obvious you’d better prepare for a deeply emotional experience.

And that’s exactly what this charming and sensitive coming of age drama delivers.

A teenager fondly recalls that time in his life when he reluctantly became the soul mate to the dying girl next door.

With a cast of mostly unknowns, this courageously tender little film sweeps you off your feet.

But considering the subject, it’s surprisingly amusing.

The tissues you’ve stuffed into your pockets will soon come in handy.

Since “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” is an independently made film, the major studios would quickly reject, the characters seem genuinely sincere and the story very real.

As the young man panics at becoming more emotionally involved than he’d care to, his mom won’t let him back away to prevent the intense pain he knows he’s going to feel eventually.

Mother knows what’s best to confront his feelings, no matter how much it hurts.

If you’re willing to confront your feelings, “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” could be a highlight of your summer movie going.

It’s certainly a highlight of mine with 4 stars.

Bless those independently made movies.

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