Review: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' turns the coming of age genre on its head

January 26, 2015 6:48 AM

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PARK CITY — A great film is often one that it transcends the cliches of its genre. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival already debuted one movie that overcame the tropes of the coming-of-age picture, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," Saturday. And on Sunday, it brought another genre-breaker to the zeitgeist with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's powerhouse "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl."

Let me start off by saying that the film's main character, Greg (Thomas Mann), would want everyone to know that the dying girl isn't going to die. She's gonna be OK and what you'll eventually see in theaters is really just the story of their friendship. The dying girl is named Rachel, by the way, an...

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