“Mary and Max” is an unusual, hard-to-describe movie- Mary Daisy Dinkle, is a lonely 8 year old girl with an absentee father and an overbearing monster for a mother. Mary goes thumbing through a post office phone book, chooses a random name – Max Jerry Horovitz of New York – and sends him a letter, thus beginning a long pen pal type friendship- one that both Max and Mary desperately need. Mary, with a birthmark on her forehead, endures terrible abuse at home and at school, while the overweight, anxious Max spends his days picking up litter and attending Overeaters Anonymous support groups between “chocolate hot dog” binges. If that sounds like an awful lot of strange darkness for one movie, it is – but is very bittersweet.
“Max knew nothing about love. It was as foreign to him as scuba diving.”