We’re not negative people. We like to think of ourselves as understanding. We were sympathetic to films populating plenty of “Worst of 2015” lists. Hell, we even defended Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha.” But there were plenty of films worthy of the scorn they received. Here are 10 we really, really, really hated in a year we’d argue was still really strong.
1. ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’
It doesn’t think it’s evil. It doesn’t think it’s yet another White People Problems movie. It doesn’t even think it’s being casually hipster racist. And yet, just as it winds up being more sentimental than it initially lets on, this Sundance hit was all these things and more. Following a sarcastic high school loner (Thomas Mann), it plays like the dying gasp of an entire subsect of humanity raised to believe it was the center of the planet and realizing it's not. Except that our hero is: Pushing people with actual problems — RJ Cyler’s low-income black “acquaintance” Earl, Olivia Cooke’s “dying girl” Rachel — off to the sidelines, it winds up with him learning that things will always, even in 2015, work out for the white dude. That the film is technically well-made and well-acted makes it even worse, especially when the only major black character talks about almost nothing but “dem titties.” This is where we call this movie some f—ed-up repugnant s—. (Our review)