Parents' Guide to

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Deeply moving, irreverent film about friends, cancer, life.

Movie PG-13 2015 104 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Teaches teens lessons about friendship and cancer.

Me and Earl and the Dying girl is about a teen girl who gets cancer and the main characters mum asks him to spend time with her and they develop a heart-warming relationship. Iffy stuff includes masturbation references and Earl, the main characters best friend says "titties" frequently. Other cursing includes s**t and one use of f**k. There is one instance of violence where the main characters is punched once. Lots of drug references to weed and the main protagonists get mysteriously high at one point. Underage drinking is also present. Overall, It is a bittersweet drama/comedy but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 14 years.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

Flat out rude

In this movie there are many references and the actual act of masturbation and there are actual clips of porn. Language includes f*ck, and many others ,I would not recommend this to people under 17.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (18):

The beauty of ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL -- and it truly is a beautiful film, both visually and emotionally -- is that it doesn't pander to anyone. Not to high schoolers, not to parents (though their depiction does border a bit on caricature), and not to those suffering from cancer (who are rendered here in all their complexity). It doesn't presuppose that teens are too predictable and stereotypical to appreciate the complicated; it doesn't assume that comedy shouldn't be tinged with deep sadness, and vice versa. It feels authentic. Greg feels authentic; as depicted by Mann, he is, in many ways, both like all teenagers and simultaneously unlike any we've met before. Ditto Earl and, to a lesser extent, Rachel. In fact, the entire cast is, as kids these days are apt to say, "perf," including Nick Offerman in the role of Greg's spacey sociology professor dad.

Which is all to say that Earl is fantastic. No wonder it was a hit and won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Is it totally quibble-free? No; the first half moves a little too deliberately and a little self-consciously, but the payoff of the second half -- particularly the last third -- is so great that any issues of twee-ness (we don't really need those title cards) can be forgiven. What we have here is an honest attempt to tell an honest story of friendship, loss, and survival in a teen movie. How many films in this genre can say they've done that?

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