Exclusive Clip: Me & Earl & The Dying Girl Explains How High School Cliques Work

Photo by: Anne Marie Fox/FOX Searchlight
Photo by: Anne Marie Fox/FOX Searchlight
Most '90s kids remember Clueless with a photographic memory. From Cher’s plaid miniskirt suits to her dream closet, we devoured every last detail and nuance — especially Cher's ability to distill every clique on the quad. Stoners, jocks, the "Persian mafia," the "most popular guys in school," and even the group that manages the TV station gets a mention.

Today, those social taxonomies seem a bit dated. Uniqueness will get you farther than ever now, and standing out is way more important than fitting in. Which is why it’s so refreshing to see a similar scene from this year’s breakout indie hit, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, unfold a bit differently. After Greg (Thomas Mann) explains to Rachel (Olivia Cooke) that he’s assigned her to "boring Jewish senior girls, subgroup 2A," while mapping out their high school’s landscape, she gets a refreshing confession out of him.

"I’m not in a group, actually," he says. To which Cher would have likely replied, "Ugh, as if!"


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