REVIEWED
8/10/03

STORY



LOOK

May
Director: Lucky McGee
Year: 2002
TRT: 1:33


This movie is wrong in so many ways. Teaching young innocent girls to smoke. The social disdain of someone who isn't the embodiment of physical perfection. A girl who is turned on by watching a woman go cannibal on a guy (and vice versa). Kids crawling on glass. Sounds like a great movie, eh? Too bad it was kinda lame, but at least in an "arthouse" kinda way.

Little May is alienated as a child because of her lazy eye, and grows up under the singular words of wisdom from her mother that she can make her own friends. An indeterminable amount of years later, we find May as the complete social misfit, working at a veterinary clinic and wanting more from life than the conversations she has with her imaginary friend, embodied in a glass-encased doll. She tries desperately to break out of her seclusion and gets involved with an auto-body mechanic she has willed her fantasies on. But like everyone but her "friend," he's not perfect. Her already fragile demeanor cracks away.

There's nothing really surprising here, just awkward. That's actually well done, as far as the character of May is concerned (and played extremely well by Angela Bettis). But it's kinda like that movie Big where the kid suddenly finds himself all grown up, with no experiences in between. The film itself is shot beautifully, too bad the story falls a bit short. It tends to play out like an overly-extended episode of Tales From The Crypt that you'll see "edited" to play on Fox at 2 am on a Saturday night (complete with a pretty lame lesbian scenario). There is some black humor involved in this, but overall it is a pretty grim tale. What can I say, it's not the worst film out there, and was put together in a very competent manner, but it just seems like an outdated "goth" movie.

Great Scene: Where May and the mechanic/Argento-wannabe Alex (aka Peter Weller Jr.) are watching a terrifically awful horror short he put together.

DVD Notes: Lion's Gate does an okay job with the disc, presented in Widescreen format. There's 2 commentaries included, one with director Lucky McGee and the actors and the other is with McGee and the production side. I ended up listening to this one, not only because the look of the movie itself is pretty damn good, but included in the commentary is Benji the Craft Services guy (no shit!). That's the guy that is in charge of providing food for the cast and crew throughout the film. Believe it or not, this is an extremely important person in the production, and am glad credit is given. I made it about halfway through that commentary (which isn't very good), but Benji does provide on some humorous lisp-filled quips. (He almost seems like a character from Mr. Show, and for all I know, he is)