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Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Drama | 9 April 2009 (Australia)
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

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In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. She's Mary Dinkle, the only child of an alcoholic mother and a distracted father. He's Max Horowitz, an overweight man with Asperger's, living alone in New York. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence, interrupted by a stay in an asylum and a few misunderstandings. Mary falls in love with a neighbor, saves money to have a birthmark removed and deals with loss. Max has a friendship with a neighbor, tries to control his weight, and finally gets the dream job. Will the two ever meet face to face? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Two unlikely people. Two different worlds come together in a story about a most unusual friendship. See more »


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AUD 8,240,000 (estimated)
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One Tomb Stone over from Ruby's reads "R.I.P. Adam Elliot", the writer/director of the film. His epitaph: "very over-rated". See more »

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After Max is admitted to the mental hospital, one of the medications he is prescribed is Zoloft. However, Zoloft was not introduced to the American market until 1991. See more »

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Narrator: Mary Dinkle's eyes were the color of muddy puddles. Her birthmark, the color of poo.
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Before the end credits the next quote appears: "God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends" by Ethel Watts Mumford. See more »

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References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) See more »

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Old Mother Hubbard
Arranged by Cecil Fraser
Published by ABC Music Published
Administered by Mushroom Music
Performed by ABC Radio Orchestra
Licensed courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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It's a genuine celebration of the value of difference.
23 May 2009 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Oscar winning (and proudly gay) animation artist Adam Elliot's acclaimed clay-mation feature film "Mary & Max" is astoundingly rewarding wonderful entertainment on the big screen.

It's an intriguing tale, starting in the mid seventies, of the ongoing true friendship of two long distance pen-pals, younger Mary in rural Australia and older Max in the rat-race of New York City. A significant element of the story involves Max's experience of living with Asperger Syndrome, knowing painfully full well that he senses the world in a radically different way to most. I've never seen any other project deal so honestly and powerfully with that condition. It's a genuine celebration of the value of difference.

There's lots to laugh and think about - and the attention to detail is staggering. Australia's living legend Barry Humphries excels as the narrator.

I loved the soundtrack which strongly featured two of my favourite Penguin Cafe Orchestra compositions. I've ordered the soundtrack CD already.


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