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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Jun 10, 2015

Sure, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl may be a coming of age tale based off a young adult novel about cancer and friendship and centered around an oddball trio, but this is no The Fault in Our Stars clone. In fact, it’s something completely different. Watch the trailer here and enjoy five fun facts about the film, which hits theaters this Friday. We have a sneaking suspicion it’s bound to be one of your favorites this summer (if not of all time).

1. It received a five minute long standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival.
That’s GOT to be a record of some sort…

2. Lead actress Olivia Cooke shaved her head for the part.
Cooke wasn’t sure if she would do it when she landed the part, but after talking to a girl fighting leukemia during her research, she decided that her long locks had to go.

3. This is NOT a romance story.
Sorry all of you die-hard romantics hoping for a meet-cute plot—Me and Earl is all about keeping it real, which means it’s more awkward and relatable than dreamy and passionate.

4. The director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, is best known for directing American Horror Story.
Oh, and he directed dozens of Glee episodes, too.

5. There are mini-films within the film.
And you can watch the spoofy little movies that Greg (Thomas Mann) and Earl (newcomer RJ Cyler) made right here.