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May (2002)

Cast: Angela Bettis, Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, more...
Director: Lucky McKee, Lucky McKee
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Horror, Independent
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A young social outcast goes to great measures to find the perfect friend in this debut horror feature from director Lucky McKee. Set apart from her peers as a child due to her lazy eye, May's only friend and confidant was a delicate doll encased in glass. Though as a young adult May has learned to control her lazy eye with glasses and contacts, her introverted tendencies always seem to hinder her search for the perfect friend. Walking down the street one day, May happens across a young man tenderly caressing the damage of a wrecked car and falls in love with his seemingly perfect hands. As May and Adam (Jeremy Sisto) begin to spend more time together, the quirky couple seem to have much in common, and May believes that she might have finally happened across the perfect boy. Her deep-rooted psychological problems slowly surface, however, and Adam is gradually driven away, leaving the vulnerable May in the company of amorous co-worker Polly (Anna Faris). It soon becomes obvious to May that, though various acquaintances seem to have perfect traits, they never add up to a perfect whole -- leading the creative and demented young girl to her own unique method of creating the perfect friend. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Cast and Crew Commentary
  • Production Commentary
  • International Trailer

GreenCine Member Reviews

Very unique tale of a lonely girl by carlykristen April 5, 2007 - 1:18 PM PDT
A lonely girl named May leads an isolated existence with no companionship other than her encased doll, until one day she meets the perfect guy. Slowly she comes out of her shell as her doll's case cracks more and more. After getting rebuffed by her man and a woman and even a cat (!), she begins her mental descent into madness culminating in the final scene where she finally gets what she always wanted.

May is an updated version of Frankenstein with the girl mistaken for a pirate (monster) for wearing a corrective eye patch. There are themes of isolation, loneliness, and insanity. May speaks of liking people, most of them anyway, and disliking certain parts. May is the perfect embodiment of the awkward girl struggling for attention. I believe only Bettis could have pulled off this difficult role. She is both vulnerable, yet powerful at the same time.

The supporting cast is great particularly Anna Faris (Scary Movie 1-5) who plays the mighty flirtatious lesbian co-worker Polly. And while that description sounds cheesy, her character is anything but. She steals almost every scene she is in and I am completely smitten with her. She holds her cat and sulks across the screen purring like a pussy herself. Jeremy Sisto plays the cute, but aloof Adam whose room is covered in Dario Argento's Opera posters. He shows his character drawn to May's quirkiness, yet repulsed by her natural desires.

I think in different hands with different actors, the film would have failed miserably. But each actor made his or her character someone unique. This film also works as a shining example of McKee's great storytelling skills. Haunting moments include dead cat play, bloodied eyeballs, blind kids crawling over glass, scissor stabbings, and a very creepy doll.

Released in 2002 by Lions Gate, the movie clocks in at 93 minutes. There is apparently missing footage from the movie such as multiple scenes of young May featuring the "Bird Wing Chopping" scene where May tries to make her doll fly. Hopefully, this will get re-released at a later time with the extra scenes.

DVD Extras: Hidden Trailers and some interesting Commentary. The German release has production notes and Biographies, while Australia provided a 14 still Photo Gallery.

Favorite Quote: Polly, "The Doctor needs you to do a Fee-Ko Zam on the Miss Ka-Tay. Does that make any sense?" May, "Fecal exam on Miss Kitty."

Bottom Line: Very unique tale of a lonely girl that builds her best friend.

Rating: 8/10

by Molly Celaschi

(You can find my interview with Lucky McKee here)

There is one word for this... by KCushing September 23, 2006 - 2:06 PM PDT
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Human Emotion by MMendoza September 21, 2004 - 8:24 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Very few films in this day really relate a sense of feeling to the viewer, this film can be truely touching. One reviewer metnioned something about goth teens, this person apparently has no knowledge of goth teens as the film had nothing to do with them and wouldnt appeal to that crowd. The main character of this movie is very well established over the course of the movie and you really come to care for her ordeal. The ending is especially moving, I was left speechless for several mintues afterward. This is not a horror movie so if you are looking for that dont look here. If you want insight into the human experiance do check this film out, I cannot recommend this enough.

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