It’s that time of year again… January was the DO OVER edition! We brought back 3 movies from some of the closest votes at PaaM this past year that didn’t make the cut and gave them a chance at redemption. Here were the contenders:
And the winner was…
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
PG-13 | 1h 45min | 2015
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Stars: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke
Here’s what the teen audience had to say…
FINAL RATING: 8 out of 8 slices – perfect score!
Every PaaM night, we ask our teens to give us their honest reviews of the winning movie. We then select voices that capture the range of opinions and critiques. Read what Allihea, Jack, Dedipta (PaaM Newbies) and Irene (PaaM Regular) had to say about this refreshing coming of age movie.
Choose three words to describe the movie.
Allihea: Personal, Eye-opening
Jack: Short, Bitter-sweet, Resonating
Dedipta: Different, Realistic (in a way that isn’t spoken), Comical
Irene: Quirky, Heart-wrenching, Unforgettable
What was your favorite scene? Bonus: Why? **SPOILER ALERT!**
Allihea: The scene when Greg finds out Rachel stops going to her treatments because the emotions were really high and it was very raw.
Jack: I liked the fight scene because it was a wake up call for the characters.
Dedipta: When Greg realized that the drugs were not from the soup but from the cookies, This scene was my favorite because he literally found out as he was talking and that portrays a daily slice of my life when I figure things out too late and feel like an idiot. – we’ve all been there!
Irene: My absolute favorite scene is when Greg is on his own adventure in Rachel’s room. It is here when all the random bits of conversation between Rachel and Greg [are tied together]. The squirrels hopping around the trees in her room, the scissors hung on her wall as her “favorite toy” and Rachel telling Greg to keep her pillow – this is the definition of the phrase “all the little things count”.
Would you recommend this to a friend? Why or why not?
Allihea: Yes, it can definitely change someone’s outlook on life and maybe they’ll self reflect.
Jack: Yes, it wasn’t realistic and it was very realistic at the same time.
Dedipta: Yes, because this is not an experience I could compare to others and those are the experiences you should go after. Complicated words simplified – I enjoyed spending a Friday night with pizza, friends and an unexpectedly beautiful movie.
Irene: Of course! This movie has so many relatable moments that reflect what teenagers think today while still characterizing Greg as a unique character. This movie is the perfect blend of comedy and tragic romance.
Join us for the next FREE Pizza and a Movie!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2
How to RSVP for Pizza and a Movie Night:
Seating is limited, so you must lay claim to your seat & slice by selecting “Free Ticket- RSVP HERE” on the Pizza and a Movie event page at https://teens.artsconnection.org/paam/ Fill in your information and you will receive a reminder email the day before the event. Please let us know exactly how many people you’ll be bringing. If you have any questions, feel free to email Briana, Assistant Program Manager – Teen Programs at
PLEASE NOTE: This is a TEENS ONLY event.