Greg Gaines is an awkward, self-deprecating high school student determined to coast through his senior year as anonymously as possible. Avoiding social interactions like the plague, Greg spends most of his time remaking wacky versions of classic movies with his only friend, Earl. Greg’s well-meaning mother intervenes, forcing him to befriend Rachel, a classmate who's been diagnosed with leukemia. Against his better judgment, Greg concedes. Both Greg and Rachel are surprised—even shocked—to find out that they actually like each other. Tentative at first, this unlikely duo becomes inseparable. But when Rachel gets sicker, Greg’s well-fortified world is changed forever.
Bristling with wit from a clever screenplay by Jesse Andrews, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's second feature is a poignant coming-of-age tale peppered with hilarious graphics and enchanting performances from its mostly young cast. Starring Thomas Mann, whose layered portrayal of Greg could skyrocket his promising career, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will tickle your funny bone and tug at your heart. —D.C.
Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is a graduate of New York University and the American Film Institute. He began his career as an assistant to Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu. He has directed second unit on films such as Babel and Argo. Last year, he earned two Emmy nominations as director and co-executive producer of American Horror Story, which he has directed all four seasons.