Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Rated 3.0

High school kid Greg (Thomas Mann) is forced by his mom (Connie Britton) to hang out with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who has cancer. Greg and pal Earl (RJ Cyler), who have been making spoof movies together since they were little kids, decide to make one for Rachel. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon can't decide if he is making a Wes Anderson film or a Noah Baumbach movie, and the film often plays like those two styles mixed together, even down to the music choices including Lou Reed and Cat Stevens. The film deals well with Rachel's illness, and Mann and Cooke have some great scenes together. It goes a little off the rails at times, and lacks a consistent tone. Still, the power of the lead performances, and the fact that some good directors are mimicked rather than bad ones, make this a decent enough movie. Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon and Jon Bernthal are all good in supporting roles.