The 2002 horror thriller May is distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment. It stars Angela Bettis as May Dove Canady, Jeremy Sisto as Adam Stubbs, Anna Faris as Polly, James Duval as Blank, and Nichole Hiltz as Ambrosia. The producers are Marius Balchunas (The Iris Effect), Richard Middleton (Kiss the Bride), and Scott Sturgeon (The Elder Son). The director is Lucky McKee (The Woods).
The story focuses on a young woman named May Canady, a socially awkward individual with a lazy eye. As a child, May was constantly bullied by her classmates because of her eye. She never really had many social interactions outside her home and, as a young adult, has trouble making friends and starting relationships. The only friend she has is a doll in a glass case named Suzy which her mother had given her and said, “If you can’t find a friend, make one.” When May starts a relationship with a young man named Adam, Suzy seems to become jealous as the glass on the case begins to crack. After Adam realizes May’s unusual behavior and breaks it off with her, she shuts Suzy in a closet. After ending a brief lesbian relationship with her co-worker Polly, May begins to realize that she never really liked anybody, she just liked certain parts of them. When Suzy is destroyed after May accidentally drops the doll while showing her to the blind kids, she decides to make the perfect friend.
What really caught my attention in this movie, which has been highly recommended by Scout Taylor-Compton who is the star of Halloween‘s remake, was the use of Suzy’s glass case to symbolize her continuing jealousy over May developing relationships away from her. We can clearly see this when May attempts to call Adam and all she can hear is Suzy’s glass case cracking. Later on when her case shatters on the floor, the cut glass appears to represent Suzy’s rage and keep the kids away as it is cutting all the blind kids’ knees and hands.
Another remarkable feature of this film is Angela Bettis’s portrayal of the beautiful but mentally unstable May Canady. Because of her lack of experience in the area of social interaction, her behavior comes off as strange to those around her. They are often repulsed by it and try to stay away. One of the main traits of May’s character is the blood fetish she seems to have whenever she sees blood. One particular example is the scene when Adam and May are watching Adam’s movie Jack and Jill, where two lovers go on a picnic and, eventually, end up eating parts of each other instead. She is turned on by this and the both of them begin to make love. But before it gets very far, May bites Adam’s lip and it starts to bleed. Adam, very turned off by her indifference to what she just did, leaves the apartment. May had thought it was normal to be turned on by the sight of blood and blames Suzy for Adam’s leaving because she believes he was startled by the doll and that’s why he left.
To wrap, May is an independent film with a lot of psychological suspense that will keep viewers’ attention.