May (film)

May (film)

Movie poster for May
Directed by Lucky McKee
Produced by Marius Balchunas
Scott Sturgeon
Written by Lucky McKee
Starring Angela Bettis
Jeremy Sisto
Anna Faris
James Duval
Music by Jaye Barnes Luckett
Cinematography Steven Y. Yedlin
Editing by Debra Goldfield
Rian Johnson
Studio 2 Loop Films
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date(s) January 13, 2002 (2002-01-13) (Sundance Film Festival)
February 7, 2003 (2003-02-07) (limited)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $150,277

May is a 2002 American horror film. It stars Angela Bettis, Anna Faris, and Jeremy Sisto, and was written and directed by Lucky McKee.[1]



The plot revolves around an awkward, lonely young woman named May Dove Canady (Bettis), who suffered a troubled childhood due to her lazy eye. She has very few social interactions, her only "true friend" being a glass-encased doll named Suzie made by her mother and given to May for her birthday. While presenting young May with the gift, her mother tells her, "If you can't find a friend, make one."

As an adult, May works at a veterinary hospital, assisting with surgeries. Her optometrist fixes May's lazy eye, first with glasses, then with a special form of contact lens. As May attempts to be more social, she sees Adam (Sisto), a local mechanic, around town, they become friends. When she tells him that she's weird, Adam replies, "That's okay. I like weird." May has a fixation on his hands, which she considers to be the most attractive part of him, and they start dating. Meanwhile, May's lesbian colleague Polly (Faris) begins to flirt with May, while simultaneously poking fun at her for her oddness. One day while feeling especially low, May remarks that Polly has a beautiful neck. Polly then gives her pet cat Lupe to May, ostensibly because of her "bitch" landlord.

One night May invites Adam to her apartment. Adam shows her a film he made for his university titled Jack and Jill. The film reveals a story of two young lovers who go on a picnic and end up eating each other. May becomes aroused by the cannibalism in the film, and during an intense make-out session, she gets carried away and bites Adam on the lip. Bleeding profusely, Adam is finally disturbed by May's strange personality and leaves. May feels guilty and blames her doll Suzie (whom Adam found frightening) for encouraging her to make bad choices. She shouts at Suzie and shoves her in the cupboard.

May begins working at a school for disabled children. She is especially interested in the blind children and identifies with a lonely girl named Petey David, who makes her a clay ashtray with May's name carved into it. May finally gives in to Polly's wiles and starts a short affair.

After Adam stops calling her, May goes to his house and overhears him and a friend calling her a loony. Adam says he's glad he could get rid of May. Heartbroken, May goes to see Polly, only to find Polly with another girl named Ambrosia. Totally miserable, May returns home. When Lupe refuses to come near her, she becomes enraged and throws the clay ashtray, killing Lupe. May becomes delusional, thinking that her doll Suzie is talking to her through its glass case.

May takes Suzie to school and tells the blind children that Suzie is her best friend. As the children struggle curiously to take the doll out of the glass case, it falls and shatters resulting in the kids and May cutting themselves on all the glass in the process. Carrying the now-destroyed, blood-covered Suzie, May returns home, devastated.

The following day, May meets a punk boy named Blank (Duval). He is interested in her remarks that people cannot be entirely perfect, only have perfect "parts". May doesn't like Blank, but she likes the tattoo on his arm. They go to May's house and when he opens the freezer to get ice, he finds the cat's corpse wrapped in plastic wrap. Blank panics and calls May a freak, infuriating her; she stabs him in the head with a pair of scissors. Suddenly, she realizes that the people she had considered her friends were not friends at all; there were only parts of them that were friends. She concludes that a perfect friend can only be made of all the perfect parts of people.

On Halloween night, May dresses in a homemade costume similar to Suzie's dress and goes to Polly's house, adopting a completely "normal" manner. She kills Polly with scalpels from the animal hospital. When Ambrosia arrives, May admires her legs and asks her to turn around for her. Ambrosia accepts, not without calling May a freak first and making derisive comments about her and Polly's previous relationship. May stabs Ambrosia with the scalpels. When May goes to Adam's house, she finds him with Hoop, a girl with hoop earrings. May asks Adam to touch her face. He indignantly pokes May's forehead, at which point May stabs Hoop in the neck. She then stabs Adam in the stomach.

Back at home, May designs her "new friend", Amy, a Frankenstein-esque life-sized rag doll made from Blank's arms, Polly's neck, Adam's hands, Ambrosia's legs, Hoop's ears, and Lupe's fur to substitute for hair. The head and torso are different scraps of fabric stitched together and stuffed. Once the macabre doll is finished, May realizes that Amy can't see her. In a rush of misery, May gouges out her right eye, the lazy one, with the scissors. Crying in pain and bleeding, she puts her eye on Amy's head and begs the doll to look at her. A dying May sees her friend come to life and touch her face lovingly with Adam's treasured hands. May smiles, and the credits roll.



It also features a score and original songs by Jaye Barnes Luckett of the rock group Poperratic (then known as Alien Tempo Experiment 13).

Additional artists on the soundtrack include The Breeders, The Kelley Deal 6000, H Is Orange, Strangels, Thrill My Wife, The Wedding's Off, Angelo Metz and Tommy James and The Shondells.

Some of Luckett's music from the film was released on the 2007 CD May and Other Selected Works of Jaye Barnes Luckett[2] by La-La Land Records.


The film was given limited theatrical release to nine theaters in North America. To date the film has grossed $150,277 during its theatrical run.[3] The film also grossed $99,023 in Spain and $15,049 in Taiwan.[citation needed]

Critical reception

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 68% of 63 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.1 out of 10.[4] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 58 based on 18 reviews.[5]

Roger Ebert granted the film four stars out of four, and called it "a horror film and something more and deeper, something disturbing and oddly moving" and characterized the dénouement as "a final shot that would get laughs in another kind of film, but May earns the right to it, and it works, and we understand it".[6] Variety magazine critic David Rooney turned in a review that was more middle of the road, stating that the film was "More successful when the title character finally embarks on her bloody mission than in the dawdling buildup".[7] The New York Times critic Stephen Holden opined that "the performances are a cut or two above what you would find in the average slasher film. But in the end that's all it is".[8]

In 2006, the Chicago Film Critics Association named May the 61st scariest film ever made.[9]

Bloody Disgusting ranked the film seventeenth in their list of the 'Top 20 Horror Films of the Decade', with the article calling the film "criminally under-seen at the time of its release... The plotting itself manages to sidestep the usual slasher tropes as it slowly and inexorably unravels, all leading up to a quietly haunting conclusion that is as heart-wrenching as it is unnerving."[10]



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