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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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Sometimes perfect strangers make the best friends. 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?


In one of the many letters Mary sends to Max, she sends a picture of her Dog Sonny digging up the skeleton of his wife Cher; These are the names of Val's pet-dogs from Harvie Krumpet, Another animation by Adam Elliot. See more »


In the U.S., a can with the label "tinned spaghetti" is shown. While this wording would be used in Australia, it is rather unlikely in the U.S., where "canned spaghetti" would be the preferred term. 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 Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) See more »


Russian Rag
by Elena Kats-Chernin is used by permission of Hal Leonard Astralia Pty. Ltd. exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Lts. of London
Performed by Sydney Alpha Ensemble
Conducted by David Stanhope
Licensed courtesy of Asutralian Broadcasting Corporation
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21 January 2010 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Just finished watching this, And Loved it. Previously Wall-e was the only animation that I rated 10/10. And this is the second one.

If You have not seen this You have no idea about how good it is.Its very well written (A True Story) , well Directed, narrated and equally good Animation in all respects. You don't Find Much stuff like this.

Its would get a rating of Pg-13 because of sex related material but I think every Children of 10+ should see this because the sex related material is kept very implicit.

I hope It will get Nominated for best Animation for year 2011, Best screenplay and best picture as well.

I have much more to say but since I have to review lot more movies I will just tell ya: I just Love It.

9.5/10. (Better than all animations of 2009) Can't wait to see it in top 250.

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