This movie is based on the novel by Jesse Andrews. I gotta admit, I read the book before watching the movie and the book is definitely way better!
Greg Gaines is your somewhat typical teenage loner whose only friend is a smart mouthed kid named Earl. He and Earl spend most of their free time making terrible remakes of their favorite movies.
One day, Greg’s mom tells him that a classmate of his, Rachel, has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia (cancer). She then coaxes him into spending as much time with her as possible. And so begins the forging of an awkward friendship with Rachel.
Most of the humor is supplied by Earl. Although, in the book, his comedic timing is much more present and unrated.
I really don’t like the fact that the story is very condensed and certain details are omitted. Most of them are details that really add an extra layer of depth and character development.
I guess movie adaptations will always bastardize their source material in some way. I suppose if you watch the movie before reading the book you’ll enjoy it.
Overall it’s a pretty hilarious and heartfelt movie.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give it a tasty 8 tamales! 😎
You can read my review of the book at: http://wp.me/p7nf0C-1o