The A in YA.
2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and YA dramedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl arrives just in time this summer to mirror the blockbuster counter programing success of last year's The Fault In Our Stars. That fine film had the support of loyal John Green fans and shattered both box office and critical expectations of a "cancer movie." Jesse Andrews' book may not have that kind of following, but the film could be just as successful. Because it's a slightly better film.
It's the story of Greg, an awkward high-school senior, his "business partner" Earl and Rachel, a girl at school who has been diagnosed with leukemia.The film is directed by fresh new director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and benefits from the on screen charisma of Thomas Mann (Greg).
It's original, it's charming in an unforced way and it's one of the best films of 2015 so far.
Simply put: 500 Days of Summer + The Fault In Our Stars - Terms of Endearment
Award potential: Thomas Mann's believable work as Greg is award quality, but a realistic prediction for a YA dramedy would be that the film has a good shot at one major nomination — Best PIcture, Comedy at the Golden Globes.
The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.