Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Cast: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke
Greg, at a young age, has developed obsession with classic and foreign-language films. He's in senior high school. Earl who Greg introduces as his 'co-worker' is actually a friend since childhood. Rachel is a girl from his class with whom he hasn't talked since kindergarten. She has leukemia, which has just been diagnosed. Greg's mother forces him to hang around with Rachel. And the movie is pretty much about the 'days of doomed friendship' between Greg and Rachel. Occasionally, it's a threesome whenever Earl is around.
Funny and moving - this is how I describe the film. Since it's supposedly told on the point of view of Earl, who's just forced to befriend Rachel because she's dying, there are some emotional emptiness in scenes that supposedly show how they develop friendship. I like to think it is what it is.
The movie is far from being a tearjerker. But the tears that I tried to hold back in the end were deserved.
Date seen: September 27, 2015