Can't Cope, Won't Cope is a darkly comic drama detailing the unravelling of a friendship between two co-dependent young women as the hangover wears off and their lives and priorities begin to radically diverge.
'Mad' Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison - for something she'd rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is to be her maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a 'plus one' on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. 'A Date for Mad Mary' is a tough and tender story about friendship, first love, and letting go of the glory days.
Jess's hair changes from scene to scene: sometimes it is almost entirely blonde, with just a small amount of dark hair at the roots, and in other scenes (most notably when she gets the bus home with Mary) there is over three inches of dark hair at the root. See more »
A Date for Mad Mary (2016) is an Irish film co-written and directed by Darren Thornton.
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.
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