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A Stitch in Time Saves No One (film only)

  • Nov 8, 2010
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Rating:
+4
Pros: good creep factor, interesting main character and story, a thoughtful horror

Cons: slow buildup, uneven pacing, disjointed surrealistic flashes

The Bottom Line: A gore-geously creepy tale

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

As a young girl, May's severe lazy eye made her shy and socially acceptable as a target for persecution. Her demanding and obsessive mother twisted that beginning into something else entirely. The bizarre glass encased doll she gives to her troubled girl becomes May's only friend, and long after mother is gone, the doll continues to be May's truest confidante.

As an adult, May now works in a third rate veterinary office where her interests in things like sewing and amputation make her a valuable assistant for the incompetent and unethical vet. Still desperate for attention, acceptance and love, May meets Adam. At first Adam thinks he's found the girl of his dreams, enchanted and intrigued by her unique flavor of eccentricity.

Soon enough he discovers that dreams can all too easily become nightmares, and there is a distinct difference between eccentric and disturbed! Can May handle one more rejection? Can she pull her self up by the bootstraps one more time without cracking, and simply follow her mother's advice? If you can't find a friend, make one!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My Thoughts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hands down one of the most oddly disturbing films I've watched, May is quite an interesting portrayal of a maladjusted individual who is quite capable of going unnoticed as a potential danger until it is too late. There are a few B-flick worthy moments, the tale itself can feel disjointed with it's surrealistic flashes and uneven pacing, but the slow-building pressure and May's uniquely unsettling self make for an ending with impact. At only 93 minutes, it can feel much longer during a first viewing.

Despite such flaws, May offers viewers a wickedly fascinating view of the descent into madness; creepy with sudden flashes of violence and gore. Written and directed by Lucky McKee, this 2002 film offers a fair amount of entertainment to viewers, particularly horror/suspense/thriller fans. Angela Bettis as May delivers a distressingly believable performance. Jeremy Sisto as Adam and Anna Faris as manipulative co-worker, Polly, provide the most supportive pegs in the film's social loom.

As we watch May parasitically attach her emotionally strung out, taut and cripplingly lonely self to each individual, viewers realize that it is her inevitable unraveling through the maze of self and society that fascinates us as the story unfolds. This crafty and darkly optimistic character stirs a tempest of sympathy with one hand, repulsion with the other as we discover what lonely isolation and a traumatic childhood can inspire May to create.

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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Starring Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, Kevin Gage
Directed by Lucky McKee
Writer:  Lucky McKee
2002

Product Description
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. In awe of his beauty especially his hands she pursues a relationship for the first time in her life. But she soon finds out that people are not 100% perfect... only certain parts of them are! Features: Cast and Crew CommentaryProduction CommentaryInternational TrailerEnglish and Spanish Subtitles System Requirements: Running Time 93 Min Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR Rating: R UPC: 031398838920 Manufacturer No: 71616
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Director: Lucky McKee
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 6, 2003
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
Runtime: 1hr 34min
Studio: 2 Loop Films, Lions Gate Films
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