May (2002) Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, James Duval Movie Review

May (2002)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Angela Bettis in May (2002)

May You Enjoy It More Than I Did

As a child May (Angela Bettis) struggled to make friends thanks to a dodgy eye and the need to wear an eye patch and so her mother gave her an antique doll which she made to be her best friend. Having grown up without friends May struggles to make friends or aware that Polly (Anna Faris), the receptionist at the vets where she works, is flirting with her. But May has her eyes on mechanic Adam (Jeremy Sisto) who also does a bit of amateur film making and he finds May kind of interesting in a weird way. But when he discovers how weird May really is he backs off and that is a bad movie because it just makes May even weirder.

As I sit here having watched and reviewed over 7000 movies I am beginning to wonder whether there will come a time when I no longer find a new movie which generally entertains, plagued by a growing familiarity to every story under the sun. I say this because as I watched "May" I found it all a bit of a slog, a bit trying to be honest whilst many others appear to love this movie. The trouble starts from the fact that here we have another young woman who have had a sheltered childhood doesn't know how to interact around others and is prone to doing strange things. It is such a familiar concept that it makes "May" predictable as you know eventually she is going to snap and it is a case of how psycho she will become when she does snap.

What this means is that for "May" to work the character of May must grab you; either through her sheltered quirkiness or through being a terrifying whack job. But May is neither, she is just weird and weird is not enough to work. It is the same with the rest of the movie as we have the doll with strange eyes and the flirtations of the receptionist but they are just weird as well and don't really combine to deliver horror but more edging towards the weirdness of a David Lynch movie.

What this all boils down to is that "May" didn't do it for me and it was on the non entertaining side of weird for me. But maybe for those enjoy slow paced and quirky will get more out of it than I did.