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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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Complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Damien (voice)
Young Mary (voice)
Renée Geyer ...
Vera (voice)
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum ...
Homeless Man (voice)
Julie Forsyth ...
Additional Voices (voice)
John Flaus ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Additional Voices (voice)
Shaun Patten ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)


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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9 April 2009 (Australia)  »

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AUD 8,240,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Grandpoppy Ralph is seen wearing swimwear with the phrase 'LIFE BE IN IT!' On the front. This is a phrase from an Australian advertising campaign to get Australians more active in outdoor activities, such as swimming. See more »


While Max is typing on the typewriter, many times the carriage moves in opposite directions. But while typing the carriage should move only from right to left. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Mary Dinkle's eyes were the color of muddy puddles. Her birthmark, the color of poo.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References Muriel's Wedding (1994) See more »


A Swinging Safari
Composed and Performed by Bert Kaempfert
© 1962 Roosvelt Music Co Inc. All rights admin. and licensed by EMI David Music Australia Pty Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Limited
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lovely oddball and admirably complex
22 March 2010 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

Coming from Australia, Mary and Max is one of these few films you'll remember all your life. This amazing claymation touches upon an unlikely friendship between two pen pals: a young girl living in Australia and an aging Jew from New York. It's unbelievable what a precisely structured narrative this is. Director-writer Adam Elliot blends odd scatological, yet clever humour with poignant dramatizations to a splendid effect creating one of the best tragicomedies of the past few years. The fact that it's in the form of claymation only helps to enhance uniqueness of the whole experience. The movie was 5 years in the making and this is visible in its every frame. Elliot masterly captures the motion in an endlessly creative manner. Most importantly though, his lovably oddball characters are well developed and admirably complex with all their awkward traits and quirks. Due to its serious themes and dark tone, Mary and Max is an adult movie aiming much higher than its big studio counterparts. It happens to be more contemplative, and intelligent mimicking the real life with all its ups and downs. Calling Elliot's movie an extraordinary piece of art is certainly not an overstatement.

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