Nick Offerman

'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' a mash note to movies

The big noise from this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is a weaselly liar of a movie. (It's also good.) It comes on full of self-deprecating bluster, professing no interest in jerking tears a la "The Fault in Our Stars," as it lays out its tale of a Pittsburgh high school senior's friendship with a fellow classmate diagnosed with cancer. But gradually, as the narrator-protagonist learns to lower his emotional guard, the film lunges, sensitively, for the jugular. This was a film, about a kid for whom cinema is all, destined to be launched in the company of movie geeks at a major festival. Director Alfonso...