The summer movie scene usually means blockbusters, action, and superheroes, but thanks to the popularity of young adult adaptations like The Fault in Our Stars and If I Stay, summer is also beginning to mean contemporary dramas. Based on Jesse Andrews’s debut YA novel of the same name, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl follows high school filmmaker Greg (Thomas Mann) and his best friend Earl (RJ Cyler) as they reconnect with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The boys decide to put their more ridiculous filmmaking on hold in order to create a film for Rachel before she dies. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the movie also stars Connie Britton and Nick Offerman as Greg’s parents and Molly Shannon as Rachel’s mother. Jesse Andrews adapted the screenplay himself.
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl opens in theaters on June 12, 2015.