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Actors: Samantha Adams (II), Angela Bettis, Traci Burr, Rachel David, Ken Davitian
Director: Lucky McKee
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2003     1hr 33min

May never really fit in and growing up with a pirate's patch to cover her lazy eye did not make things easier. Even as an adult her best friend and sole companion is a doll given to her by her mother... until she sees Adam...  more »


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Actors: Samantha Adams (II), Angela Bettis, Traci Burr, Rachel David, Ken Davitian
Director: Lucky McKee
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/15/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 16
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Meg B. (Megatron)
Reviewed on 7/4/2009...
Beautifull shot, wonderfully written, artist, creepy and cool. Great performances from Angela Bettis & Anna Faris and an amazing soundtrack. Watch May and director Lucky McKee's equally impressive effort, Sick Girl back to back with a big tub of popcorn and your favorite guy or ghoul.
Jasmine K. (jazztastic) from SCRANTON, PA
Reviewed on 3/17/2009...
May is quite a strange movie. It's independent, but it's actually a lot better than some mainstream Hollywood horror films(Prom Night anyone?). The movie is a bit slow in some spots, but the ending gives you a sense of satisfaction. Give this one a go if you enjoy horror.
Kimberly B. (TheBookHunter) from SALEM, OH
Reviewed on 3/17/2009...
This is by far one of the creepiest independent horror films I have ever seen. If you have not seen it, I suggest it highly for all those horror fans out there.
Crystal B. (pcsbaby) from BRIDGEVIEW, IL
Reviewed on 6/5/2008...
This is definately a gem for genre movie lovers. I loved how she found the solution to finally obtain a "perfect" friend.

Movie Reviews

Angela Bettis Works Wonders in "May"
Jeffrey Leach | Omaha, NE USA | 08/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I suspect the movie "May" snuck in under most people's radar. In fact, I am not sure many people know about this wonderful little picture even now. I only came across it through pure chance, read a short review about it, and decided to give it a shot. I am certainly glad I watched "May" because this film about a meek young woman with a desperate need to belong really delivers on multiple levels. This movie underscores the fact that there are plenty of films floating around out there that deserve more attention than they receive from general audiences. I cannot say whether "May" got a theatrical release or not, but the film is available on DVD and is well worth picking up if you are a horror film aficionado or if you just enjoy great acting performances. Angela Bettis plays May, a young woman with several serious mental issues. Her problems started as a child, when doctors diagnosed May with an eye problem that required an eye patch. Of course, the kids at school thought May was a pirate or flat out ignored her. The parents did not provide much in the way of assistance either, as May's mother falls into the "overprotective and abrasive" category. When May celebrates a birthday, her mother presents her with a fancy doll enclosed in a glass case. Her daughter wishes to take the doll out and play with it, but Mom goes off the deep end and lectures May on the necessity of never taking the doll out of its box. This doll plays a significant role in May's later life, as the young woman believes the toy is her only real friend in the world. In short, May's childhood provides the foundations for a life loaded with insecurity, boredom, and a complete inability to connect with other people on an emotional level. May is one troubled person.Most of the film deals with May's awkward attempts to function in real life. Her job as a medical assistant at a veterinary clinic allows some contact with a verbally challenged doctor and a goofy lesbian co-worker who keeps her eye firmly fixed on May, but May longs for a boyfriend to fulfill her ambitions. This dream of love takes on a new dimension when she notices Adam (Jeremy Sisto), a guy who spends his time slouching around in a cafe, smoking cigarettes, and attending Dario Argento film festivals. Obviously, Adam doesn't even notice the existence of May until the she makes several painfully inept maneuvers designed to grab his attention. May succeeds to some extent, but ultimately her fragile mental state causes problems that threaten to send May into a downward spiral of bloody violence committed against anyone who ever wronged her."May" is Angela Bettis's film, body and soul. Since she fills the shoes of the title character, Bettis's performance should command most of the audience's attention. Thank goodness she possesses the necessary chops to carry out the role to perfection. I cannot remember the last time I saw an actor/actress convey the range of emotions that Bettis adroitly delivers in this film. The viewer knows May has serious problems, but at the same time the character is oddly charming. The embarrassing interactions with Adam, the painful encounters with her trampy co-worker, and her attempts to reach out and help a class of blind children all reveal a young woman desperate to make friends and live like a normal person. Even more disconcerting for the viewer is the realization that May is, well, cute. Just when you notice May doing something bizarre, you cannot help recognizing that this girl is alluring no matter how quirky she is. That's the mark of a fine actress when a performance conveys two opposing emotions at the same time, and Bettis does it with ease. Who is this amazing young lady? The only other role of note I found for her was in the Winona Ryder vehicle "Girl, Interrupted." Keep an eye on Bettis because if "May" is any indication, this gal ought to go far in the future. You seldom see a performance of this caliber in a low budget horror film.My only complaint with "May" concerns a lack of sufficient background about the title character. We do get a few scenes about May's childhood, but I think a bit more development in that area would have helped flesh out the story. It's a niggling complaint because the picture works splendidly overall. Kudos to Lion's Gate for releasing this on DVD with a great film transfer and two commentaries with the director and actors. It's a darn shame more people don't know anything about this movie. The time has come to spread the word about "May": this is an immensely entertaining horror film with a great actress doing great work in the lead role."
I need more Parts.....
Schtinky | California | 11/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"May is not normal. At first, you think there is a possibility that she could be misunderstood, but May is definitely not normal. She gives a whole new meaning to the word 'Freak'. May grows up being different, wearing an eye patch because of a lazy eye. Mommy and Daddy give her a doll to be her friend, a doll that is one of those 'look but don't touch' dolls. If you can't meet friends, then make one.May matures, and we pick up with her as she is working for a Veterinarian as his assistant. She sees a young man who inspires her to get contact lenses and become a bit more flirtatious, after falling in love with his hands. His beautiful hands.May can always see the best in people, though they don't seem to see her very well at all. Betrayed by the two people who claimed to like her and her odd ways, May finally decides Mommy was right. It's time to make a new friend. Someone who will understand her.Not a blatant blood-splatter film but nonetheless a titillating journey through the sicker side of need. There are definitely some good 'Parts' in this movie; in particular the dead kitty and the Lysol spray (he-he), plus pretty decent performances by Angela Bettis and Anna Faris (Scary Movie I & II). Creepy and a bit disturbing, this is a great movie for a first time date with that little oddball you've been meaning to ask out on a date. Enjoy!"
A quirky masterpiece that creates its own genre
Michael J. Tresca | Fairfield, CT USA | 07/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"May is a peculiar sort of movie, part social commentary, part slasher flick. It manages to succeed admirably at both, despite the fact that it's central star is a cute little misfit named May.

May Dove Canady (Angela Bettis) is a sheltered misfit. Born with a lazy eye, she grows up wearing a pirate-like eye patch, only to be teased by children her entire life. Her mother (Merle Kennedy) drives the point home: if you can't find a friend, make one. And May's mother does just that, crafting a doll for her daughter with big, spooky eyes. The catch is that the doll can never be let out of her box.

And thus we have an allegory for May. May tentatively explores her world through her job as a veterinarian's assistant and her interactions with her coworkers, the barely-understandable veterinarian (Ken Davitian) and the oversexed lesbian coworker Polly (Anna Faris). Then May bumps into Adam Stubbs (Jeremy Sisto), a horror movie fan and budding auteur that specializes in gore.

Adam's first film is titled "Jack and Jill," which starts out sweet: two lovers seem to want to devour each other...and then literally do so, biting and gnawing on each other's limbs in an orgiastic frenzy. The movie deeply affects May, who is fascinated with Adam's hands. When May shift gears from foreplay to kink by biting Adam's lip, he dumps her.

All throughout the movie, May tries to connect with people. She struggles with her relationship with Polly, who uses and abuses her. Polly asks May to adopt her pet cat, a seemingly genuine gesture of friendship, only to discover that Polly never wanted the responsibility in the first place. May also joins a school for teaching blind children. When May brings her doll to class, the children are intrigued and frustrated: to a blind child, a glass box may as well be an iron vault. They plead for her to release what's in the glass box, with tragic consequences for the doll.

Bereft of her only friend and infuriated by her inability to connect with the rest of humanity, May decides to make her own friend out of the components of everyone else. Then the killing begins...

All this could be very mundane. But May is so much more. Warning: There are lots of spoilers below!

MAY AS DOLL: Polly calls May "doll," and May is very much a pure, untouched creature with wide, staring eyes just like her doll. Locked in her own glass box, May is always viewing the world from a distance. She even kisses like her dolls, smashing them together with brutal force without any coordination. When the glass on her doll's box shatters, so too does May's universe. Always watching, always a bystander, and never really touching or feeling anything...May is a walking façade, an entity pretending to be a person.

MAY AS SERIAL KILLER: May exhibits all the traits of an organized serial killer; she gets up every day and goes to work, has her own hobbies, and reads a lot. But May is completely disassociated from reality. She was most certainly abused. When May screams at her doll to "face the *** wall" we know it's her mother's voice. She views people as their components parts, alternately admiring and lusting for them. May starts by killing animals, and then escalates her rage until it transforms into murder. Frustrated, she finally releases her revenge by killing those she admires and keeping the trophies afterwards.

MAY AS GOLEM: The monster (named Amy) created from the parts of May's killing spree is animated only when she provides something of herself. But Amy's creation is telling: she arranges the three letters of her name "M-A-Y" into "A-M-Y." This is consistent with the creation of the medieval rabbis creating golems by writing the word "emet" (truth in Hebrew) on the golem's forehead to animate it. By erasing the first letter, "emet" becomes "meit" (dead), thus deactivating the golem. May can be seen as the inverse, finally living only through death, and slowly dying in her own life. Just as Amy is made from Adam's hands, God created Adam from clay--rabbis create their golems in the same fashion.

MAY AS MARY: May's just one "r" away from the virgin Mary of Christianity. May freely admits she's still a virgin. At the end of the movie, May gives "birth" to a creation, sacrificing herself so that her child may live. Most telling, the cover of the DVD portrays May with a Mary-like halo. Closer examination reveals that the halo consists of scissors and scalpels.

MAY AS OUTCAST: For those of us who had an awkward childhood, we've all had our share of being teased. Being called a freak can be hurtful. But more interesting is May's relationship with those who fancy themselves on the fringe; both Polly and Adam say they "like weird," but they really don't. They like to be thought of as weird, but they're not really unique at all. Adam and Polly are very much mundane, ultimately embodying what they supposedly are not: stereotypes. Even Blank (played by James Duval, he of Donnie Darko), who has the weirdest hair-do in the movie, treats May like a total freak. Ultimately, everyone from the blind children she teaches to her pet cat reject May.

MAY AS VOYEUR: May has gone through much of her childhood with one eye. When she finally does get full use of both eyes, she watches everything with incredible intensity. Her fascination with blind children makes her feel comfortable. They can't look at her and judge her, but she can safely judge them. Similarly, May is able to stalk Adam from a distance, watching him for hours at a restaurant. In the end, May sacrifices her eye so that she can watch, in her death, life being born through Amy.

MAY AS POSSIBILITY: The term "may" can express a measure of likelihood, possibility, desire, or fervent wish. May is very much a wistful creature, hopeful about the possibilities of having a boyfriend and of relationships that take fruit only in her imagination. It is the shattering of all those possibilities that makes May's fall so heartbreaking. She's cute. She's innocent. She's a little strange, but aren't we all?

May is one of those rare brand of movies that is both horror and drama, parable and slasher flick. Director Lucky McKee comments that "there's a lot of raw, personal stuff here" and it shows, in bloody, angry, pathetic, beautiful detail, from the spring-loaded fake blade that Adam plays with to the aching loneliness of a blind child in the park. McKee's masterpiece, like Donnie Darko, may well define its own genre.

For anyone who has ever been called a freak, for anyone who has ever been teased because of how they look, and for anyone who has ever become so exasperated with humanity that they despair there's no good left in the world...this movie's for you.