Mary and Max

Mary and Max

DVD - 2010 | Widescreen version
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Mary is a lonely eight-year-old in the suburbs of Melbourne. Struggling with questions that no one can answer, she writes to Max, an obese 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in New York City, which starts a friendship that spans 20 years and two continents.
Publisher: New York : IFC Films, 2010
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD MAR DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780788613012


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Mary and Max are both endearing characters that will stay with you for a long time. When the movie begins, Mary Daisy Dinkle (just the name alone is GREAT!) is an 8-year-old who lives in Australia and has a father who spends most of his time on his taxidermy and a mother who ignores her daughter... Read More »

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Mar 08, 2020

There's a lot of dark humor in this colorless, depressing claymation about two colorless, depressed misanthropes living in a colorless, depressing world. This movie explores the themes of loneliness, friendship, disappointment, and futility (and chocolate). Great voice acting. Not for kids, despite the cute (and slightly gross) animation. Have a box of tissues handy. Also, beware: the two "altered scenes" in the extras are strangely hilarious but not for the squeamish.

LPL_KevinC Apr 15, 2019

It's always nice to have a cry at the vulnerability and sweetness displayed by two animated hunks of clay who manage to connect in a way that most humans don't.

Mar 06, 2019

Very whimsical, funny movie about an unlikely friendship. Probably not for kids, some of the themes are quite serious.

Nov 29, 2018

A cartoon for Adult, and its poster cover is quite misled. The beautiful encounter you may have.
Similar ideas can be found in a Spanish - Basque movie Flowers.

Apr 08, 2017

With a glance at the cover, Mary and Max might look like a movie for children. It is not for children. This feature-length clayography (clay + biography) film by Adam Elliot follows a long pen-pal friendship between an Australian girl and a middle-aged man who lives in New York. The animation is incredible; I can only imagine the effort involved in making this. The voice work by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette and others is great also. I wish I could rate it higher but, for me, there is just too much misery in the story. If you can look past all of the sadness, there are some positive themes including loving yourself warts and all, sharing yourself with others that way and the difference that one friend can make.

Feb 21, 2017

I was looking for this amazing story but sadly could not get past the first few minutes. The crudity just got in the way, too bad.

Radharc Jul 03, 2016

Outstanding claymation, writing, and voice talent make for an unforgettable tale about loneliness, friendship, Asperger's Syndrome, and chocolate. Keep a box of tissues nearby, as there are a couple of scenes that could potentially get some tears flowing. Easily one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's finest roles. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

LoganLib_Kirra Jun 23, 2016

The most beautiful claymation movie ever to be made. The story centers on Mary, a lonely eight year old from Melbourne and Max, an obese man with Asperger's Syndrome living in New York. Together they form a pen pal friendship as they grow and change over twenty years. This movie is so beautiful and touching as well as being very impressive.

Dec 04, 2015

Mary and Max has a lot of adult material and crude humor. I wouldn't recommend it for young children.

Jun 30, 2015

I couldn't get going with this, and quit on it pretty quickly. 'Guess claymations no longer fascinate.

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