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Mary and Max (2009)

Cast: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana

Director(s): Adam Elliot

Language: English

Genre: Coming-of-Age Drama

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The film takes place from 1976 to 1994 and tells the story of the unlikely pen-pal friendship that lasts for 18 years between Mary, a chubby lonely 8-year-old girl who lives in Mount Waverley, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and Max, a 44-year-old, severely obese, atheistic Jewish man with Asperger syndrome who lives in New York City.[3]

The central focus of the movie is the letters shared between Mary and Max (from the ages of 8 to 26 and 44 to 62, respectively) and the stories behin... [Get complete synopsis]


Jefferygn wrote on January 26, 2010, 8:32 am
Caught this absolute gem at the Bytowne the other night. This is a brilliant film employing utterly astounding "claymation". The storytelling, the performances - of both the voices and the animation, are all so good that one becomes completely enveloped in this poignant, sad, and charming film.

I can't compliment the animation style enough. I am not a fan of animation. I usually find it a distraction. ie, it is often very impressive, but it is so impressive that it prevents one from just watching the movie and becoming immersed in the movie going experience. This film pulls off the impossible. The animation is wonderful. You never stop marveling at it. Yet, it is not distracting, and all the characters in the film become real people, with real problems and foibles.

Seek this out if you can find it - it's fantastic.

There are a couple of minor plot points near the end of the film that are a bit false and illogical, but the rest of the film is so good that it does not take away from me awarding it the ol' four star rating.

Don't be fooled by the claymation and that one of the protagonists is an eight year old girl, it is not a kids movie. It deals with some pretty serious themes: mental illness, loneliness, suicide, death, alcoholism, etc.

(oh, and plenty of jewish humour!)
motleymitch wrote on January 26, 2010, 10:55 am
Never heard of it, but adding it to my must-see list! (I have decided that my must-see list needs to be exact opposite of my refuse-to-see list i.e. my 'Dances With Wolves' list, THUS my must-see list will henceforth be known as my 'A-Team List'!)
Plus, I love claymation.

motleymitch wrote on January 30, 2010, 10:11 pm
I watched the first 10 minutes on YouTube, not realizing that the rest of the film had been removed because of snooty 'copyright infringement'.
Jerks! I'm hooked though, can't wait to watch the rest...
motleymitch wrote on October 29, 2010, 11:40 pm
Totally agree with Jeffy on all points - animation was superb and not distracting, characters well-renedered and voiced, very emotionally involving (laughs aplenty, yet some serious themes and a couple of tear-jerking scenes), excellent dialogue/narration, lots of attention to detail both visually and script-wise, funny, bittersweet, heartbreaking, and a totally satisfying movie-watching experience. You will be hooked from the very first line. A true diamond in the rough, do yourself a favour and see it.
Jefferygn wrote on October 31, 2010, 9:45 pm
Glad you caught it Mitchy and liked it. One of the best I have seen over the past while.
Deril wrote on November 1, 2010, 5:53 pm
I don't know.....I'd rather watch Max and Ruby thank you very much

Papamikey wrote on November 2, 2010, 9:52 am
ONE (1) question:

WHERE are Max and Ruby's parents?!!

What kind of sick fucks leave a toddler who's ALWAYS getting into mischief in the hands of an air head pre-teen girl rabbit?!

"MAX!! Look what you've done! Oh my golly..."

Deril wrote on November 2, 2010, 3:54 pm
I really have to a agree with you on that one. That can be said for SO many cartoons. Just look at Baby Huey for Christ sake!

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