A socially awkward veterinary assistant with a lazy eye and obsession with perfection descends into depravity after developing a crush on a boy with perfect hands.


Lucky McKee


Lucky McKee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bettis ... May Dove Canady
Jeremy Sisto ... Adam Stubbs
Anna Faris ... Polly
James Duval ... Blank
Nichole Hiltz ... Ambrosia
Kevin Gage ... Papa Canady
Merle Kennedy Merle Kennedy ... Mama Canady
Chandler Riley Hecht ... Young May
Rachel David ... Petey
Nora Zehetner ... Hoop
Will Estes ... Chris, Adam's Roommate
Roxanne Day ... Buckle
Samantha Adams Samantha Adams ... Lucille
Brittney Lee Harvey Brittney Lee Harvey ... Diedre
Connor Matheus ... Kindergarten Boy


When May was a child, she was a lonely girl with a lazy eye and without any friends except a weird and ugly doll kept in a glass case given by her bizarre mother on her birthday. May becomes a lonely, weird young woman, working in an animal hospital and assisting the veterinarian in surgeries and sewing operated animals most of the time. Her lesbian colleague Polly has a sort of attraction for her. When the shy May meets the mechanic Adam Stubbs, she loves his hands and has a crush on him. They date, but the weirdness and bizarre behavior of May pushes Adam away from her. Alone, May has a brief affair with Polly, but she feels rejected again when her colleague meets Ambrosia. When her doll is accidentally broken, the deranged May decides to build a friend for her, using the best parts her acquaintances can offer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There Are No Good Wholes...Just Parts. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Originally the film opened with a lengthy introduction to May as a child. But when the film appeared to be taking too long to get to its point, most of those scenes were cut. The opening with the adult May, specifically the first scene with her and her doll, were shot quickly and only to make the point that May was lonely as quickly as possible. See more »


Just before Petey falls to the floor to find the doll, you can see blood on her legs and arms before she hits the floor and cuts herself the glass. See more »


[first lines]
Young May: What's wrong with my eye, mama?
Mama: Doctor says it's lazy eye. But, we're going to make you look perfect.
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Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed in the making of this film. All scenes involving injured, maimed, bloodied or deceased animals were accomplished through the magic of taxidermy and/or prosthetic appliances. See more »


Referenced in Why Horror? (2014) See more »


Deviation on a Theme
Composed and Performed by Jammes Luckett
Produced and Arranged by Jammes Luckett and Angelo Metz
Engineered by Angelo Metz at the Mush Room, Los Angeles, Ca
Additional performers: Angela Bettis / Angelo Metz / Claudia Schwartz
Copyright 2001 except "Deviation on a Theme: Construction" copyright 1992
Pied Piper Lorre Musesick & Acey Deucey Music (ASCAP)
Administered by Acey Deucey Music
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User Reviews

A quirky black comedy with horror elements. What a surprise to see something this fresh and original!
12 February 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

As American horror movies become increasingly derivative and lame it's a real surprise to see something this fresh and original. I wouldn't have even looked at this one twice if I hadn't had it recommended to me by a few people who know their stuff. I'm so glad I listened to their advice and gave it a shot, otherwise I would have missed out on seeing this gem! 'May' is a quirky black comedy with horror elements (nods to Frankenstein and 'Pieces', Argento namedrops). Angela Bettis is perfectly cast as the goofy Goth outsider May who secretly yearns for hunky horror buff Adam (Jeremy Sisto). He says "I like weird. I like weird a lot", but he doesn't know what he's in for! Anna Faris ('Scary Movie', 'Lost In Translation') plays May's lesbian co-worker, and James Duval ('The Doom Generation', 'Donnie Darko') plays a vapid punk. I really enjoyed this movie, especially Angela Bettis' performance, and I will look out for her work in the future, as well as writer/director Lucky McKee's. If 'May' is any indication of McKee's talent then he is someone to keep an eye on.

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Release Date:

11 April 2003 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,989, 9 February 2003

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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