Max and Mary

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from seven to nine in the afternoon in the Center for Ethics, Room 102, Max and Mary had a screening. This Australian animation movie is an comedy/drama that came out back in 2009 for the Sundance film festival. This movie boasts a story of two very different people, an american and an Australian, who find themselves lost in the world. They develop a pen pal relationship and end up helping each other out. Through a series of depressing and uplifting events, the find themselves doing things that they had never even imagined they’d do. For Mary, she confronts the bully at her school that eats her sandwiches by telling him that she’s the Chief of Chocolate in Heaven, so she will make sure that he gets no chocolate then they die. For Max, he begins to try to face his anxiety. Instead of trying to stop combination with Mary altogether when his panics attack send him to a mental asylum, he paces himself through her letters and take his medications. By now you’re probably thinking, this movie sounds really dramatic, but where is the comedy? Well, the humor presented is really dark, dry, and random. For example, how they portray Mary’s mother. She obviously suffers from alcoholism, but since Mary is young and she is the narrator, we are told that she loves to drink her adult tea called “Sherry” which must be tested very often. To the audience, it is apparent that her mother isn’t drinking tea by the way that she acts and behaves, but we view the world from the lens of Mary, who is eight years old at the time. Overall the movie conveys a message about people with mental disabilities. Most people tend to wave them off as unuseful, like the New York city mayor. Max had legitimate comments to make about the litter in the city, but, since he wasn’t ‘normal’, his comments aren’t taken seriously. If everyone were more like Mary and took their time to listen and connect with the clinically labeled ‘insane’, there would be a greater enlightenment on their behavior and the reasons behind their actions. Max and Mary really was an emotional movie. We followed this too people as they grew older, got arrested, got married, peaked in their careers, had breakdowns, were on the verge of suicide, and, ultimately, died. As the credits rolled, sniffles could definitely be heard.


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