Release date: June 6, 2003
Director: Lucky McKee
Kevin Gage and
May is an extremely distasteful film, but an altogether enjoyable one. It is the sort of blood-soaked flick that walks the line between humor and horror well enough to be considered a cult classic.
"If you can't find a friend, make one." That's the advice given to our movie loner; May (Angela Bettis) by her insanely one-dimensional mother (Merle Kennedy). May has a lazy eye, which forced her to have to wear an eyepatch as a kid, which in turn, leads to a poor development of her social skills. Now, she's all grown up and no longer pirate-like in her appearance, she is sweet and friendly, but is a repellent to strangers.
Her job is as an veterinarian's assistant and grows fond of Adam (Jeremy Sisto), who is a mechanic who works down the street. He's also an amateur filmmaker, and when he shows her his cannibal student film, she takes it all too much to heart. This is a girl whose best (and only) friend, is a creepy doll her mother gave her. Separating reality from fiction is not her strong suite. Soon enough, Adam can't take any more of her weird behavior, and bad things happen.
Our first-time director Lucky McKee stays loyally committed to his weird vision. His storytelling is uncluttered and pretty simple, though he does stray occasionally into a sort of over-deliberate weirdness where characters utter non-sequiturs just to remind us that yes, this movie is freaky.
He is also able to build tension very well. The first scene of the movie is of a girl's eye spurting blood, but that's the last glimpse of horror we see for quite some time:(. There is something evil afoot, though, and the sensation of that permeates everything, even when we are laughing at the morbid humor that is present throughout the movie.
Angela Bettis is a good enough actor to carry the film alone. I also liked Anna Faris as Polly, a sultry, David Lynch-ian lesbian who hits on May at her work. Of course Jeremy Sisto's performance is very good as well.
It is a gross film indeed; make no mistake about that. But it's parable-like lessons and weird sense of style make it a worthy effort, and a stand-out in its genre too.
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