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May (2002)

DVD Cover (Lions Gate)
Genres:
Horror, Psychological Thriller
Director:
Lucky McKee Lucky McKee
Starring:
Angela Bettis Angela Bettis
Jeremy Sisto Jeremy Sisto
Anna Faris Anna Faris
James Duval James Duval
Nichole Hiltz Nichole Hiltz

7.1 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: July 01, 2004
We start the movie with May as a young child, and her mother taking her to her first day of school. May wears an eye patch to cover up her lazy eye, and because of this, the kids pretty much ignore her. May's mother gives her a doll inside a glass case for her birthday, telling her that if she can't find friends, she should make one. May does become friends with this doll... talking to it, yelling, even having heated arguments with it. This relationship between May and her doll continues into her early twenties, and she even goes so far as to take advice from it on what to do on her dates. Yes, May does indeed find a man named Adam that she's interested in, and their relationship is working out nicely... until he gets freaked out by May attempting to reenact a scene from a movie with him, at which point, he starts ignoring her. Heartbroken, May gives in to the advances of the lesbian receptionist by the name of Polly that she works with, and has a brief relationship with her; that is, until she finds out that said receptionist likes to sleep around with various ladies, not just May. After all this drama with relationships, May decides to give up on finding friends, and decides to go out and make a friend of her own...

Excellent movie, though it's a lot different than what the trailers portrayed it to be. I'd only seen one trailer before viewing this movie; no reviews were read, no spoilers looked at, and I was expecting a run-of-the-mill slasher with a twist to the plot. That was definitely not the case here, as the main focus of the movie was garnering empathy for May so that when the final scenes were shown, it would be much more of a shocking ending than if it was a straight slasher film. Since the majority of the film deals with this, you probably won't enjoy this film if you're just looking for a bunch of killings and gore; in fact, the first solid hour of the film shows nothing but May's various relationships and lifestyle. That doesn't wind up being a problem, since everything moves along smoothly, and it doesn't hurt matters that May was beyond excellent in her role.

With the exception of a few people who get a couple of lines and a minute or two of screen-time, there's really only three people that this movie follows. There's Angela Bettis (May), who as I just mentioned a few lines up, was fantastic here. She goes back and forth between shy, angry, depressed and a range of other emotions with incredible realism, and doesn't come off fake or unconvincing at any point in the film. That definitely was quite the accomplishment, as the role of May would not have been an easy one to fill. Then, there's Jeremy Sisto in the role of Adam, May's first love interest. He comes off great in his role as well, though nowhere near the standard set by May throughout. Finally, there's Anna Faris as the lesbian receptionist Polly. Her total on-screen time was roughly half that of what May and Adam got, but she was decent enough in her role.

There's a lot more to this movie that I really don't want to spoil for any of you who may be interested in viewing it for the first time, but if you can stand a good bit of storyline with your horror, you'll most likely enjoy this as much as I did. Just don't go in expecting a kill every ten minutes as the trailer implied, and you'll be all set. 10/10 from myself, this is definitely one of those rare perfect films.
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drone #1: drone - added 09/01/2004, 11:06 PM
Terrible movie. So boring!
Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg #2: Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg - added 09/12/2005, 09:02 PM
This is a delightful fresh breath of air from the horror genre along with the mixed phsychological element within. It's an excellent movie assorted with dark comical, emotional, and lighthearted undertones that I can get constant viewings from.
8.9/10
Ginose #3: Ginose - added 08/14/2006, 09:50 PM
drone, what the hell did you expect from this movie? It was a good film in it's own respect, but it wasn't meant to shock you, just to entertain you psycologicaly as well as add a sense of suspicion and gore for the people not wanting to see a GOOD horror film (i.e. the idiots who JUST wanted a splatterfest). this was a good movie, a damn good movie. I went out and bought it the night after I watched it with my freinds. Good movie. 9.2/10
George Snow #4: George Snow - added 08/11/2008, 03:36 AM
Angela Bettis is PERFECTION in this movie. After seeing this I went out and bought everything she's ever been in. She's a real sweetheart in person to. She just needs a better agent.

Her husband Kevin Ford and her have Mo-Freek filmworks. If you haven't checked it out they have some really cool movies, especially People Are Dead, and Last Days of America. It's experimental videos that if you watch and listen are clever and entertaining.

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