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A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Cool quirkiness eventually gives way to poignant sincerity in a comedy drama that won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance film festival. Thomas Mann succeeds in imbuing his self-obsessed character, Greg, with a soulfulness that doesn't feel affected when his mother (Connie Britton) forces him to hang out with a girl (an understated Olivia Cooke), because she's been diagnosed with leukaemia. Inevitably, a genuine friendship develops based on their shared sense of humour - a pleasing twist of the surreal - which Greg otherwise expresses through spoof videos of classic movies ("A Sockwork Orange", "Senior Citizen Cane") crafted with his straight-talking pal Earl (a deadpan RJ Cyler). The relationship between boy and girl develops in a surprising way, however, eschewing romantic melodrama. Instead, it's rib-ticklingly funny, full of witty exchanges and neat visual flourishes by director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The fact that he also manages to deliver a heart-rending finish is testament to Jesse Andrews's sensitive adaptation of his own novel.

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Credits

Cast

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Greg GainesThomas Mann (2)
Rachel KushnerOlivia Cooke
EarlR J Cyler
Greg's dadNick Offerman
Rachel's momMolly Shannon
Mr McCarthyJon Bernthal
Greg's momConnie Britton
Scott MayhewMatt Bennett

Crew

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DirectorAlfonso Gomez-Rejon

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2015-09-04
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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