A Date for Mad Mary
- 1h 22min
A woman newly released from prison seeks a date to bring to her best friend's wedding.A woman newly released from prison seeks a date to bring to her best friend's wedding.A woman newly released from prison seeks a date to bring to her best friend's wedding.
- Single Lady in Dating Videoas Single Lady in Dating Video
- (as Emily Thomson)
The movie stars Seána Kerslake as Mary. Mary is a young woman who, as far as I can tell, has no redeeming virtues. As the movie opens, she's being released from prison, after serving for six months. (We learn slightly later that she has committed a violent crime, and her victim now has a large scar on her face.)
Mary doesn't have any true friends. Her "best friend" is getting married, and Mary is maid of honor. However, the friend is late when she comes to get Mary at the prison gates. It becomes clear that the friend is distancing herself from Mary.
The plot, such as it was, involves Mary having to find a date for the wedding. That plot straggles along, but never comes to much.
Part of the reason I disliked the film was that at times the actors switched into what I would call an Irish patois, which I couldn't understand. At other times, their speech was perfectly intelligible, so I'm not sure what to make of that.
There are two stereotyped characters in supporting roles. Mary's mother appears decent enough. The mother likes to date younger men. It doesn't seem like a serious flaw to me, although Mary thinks it's terrible. The older grandmother sits in a chair and sends out zingers. Not much there, either.
We saw this movie at Rochester's excellent Little Theatre, as part of the wonderful ImageOut, the Rochester LGBT Film Festival. It will work well on the small screen.
The chair of the film selection committee told me he loved this movie. It has a respectable IMDb rating of 7.2. This means that my review is a minority report. However, there's no point in reviewing films if you just follow the crowd. These are my thoughts about the movie. I can't recommend it.
- Oct 23, 2017