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A Date for Mad Mary
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A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of Mad Mary McArdle returning to her small Irish hometown after a short spell in prison for something she d rather forget. Back home, her best friend Charlene is about to get married and Mary is maid of honor. 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. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone... until she meets Jess, a lesbian wedding photographer, and everything changes.
Instantly lovable ... beautifully performed, warm yet melancholic. --Variety
When the film swings onto Kerslake s confused features, or Lee s wistful performances, all the script s love and longing come alive. Mad Mary is a special girl indeed. --Screen Daily
The young Irish actress (Seána Kerslake) blossoms in the care of Darren Thornton s simple, lovable but oh-so-slightly barbed directorial debut. --The Guardian
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Darren Thornton
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 22 minutes
- Release date : November 7, 2017
- Actors : Seána Kerslake, Charleigh Bailey, Tara Lee
- Studio : Wolfe Video
- ASIN : B074ZZWQDY
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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“Mad Mary” has some issues. The early question is, does she refuse to address her issues or is she blind to them? The film begins with Mary being released from prison after serving a six-month sentence for attacking and, apparently, disfiguring someone. She expects her best friend to be ready to go out partying, but she encounters the first of many disappointments to come. The film is about those disappointments. She doesn’t handle them well, especially at first, but by the end of the film there seems to be a glimmer of hope that Mary may be ready to put her anger aside and move forward. The movie has good production values and good acting. The Irish accent and idiom were delightful but not easy for me to understand, so I did a good bit of backing up to catch what had been said.
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What is worse Mary has not even got a ‘plus one’ on the Wedding invite as she has no boyfriend. So she sets out to get herself a date and then by dint of force of character make them join her for the Wedding. Seems like a simple plan but we all know what happens to the best laid plans, and in that department Mary is no exception.
Now this is a comedy drama and it deals with real life issues, often in an unflinching way but this is brilliantly juxtaposed with some razor sharp comedy and moments of wit that border on being genius. Seana Kerslake as ‘Mad’ Mary is perfect for the role and bodes well for more to come in her career. The entire cast though are spot on and the Grandmother gets two of the best lines, so the fun is spread round.
It is directed by Darren Thornton who co wrote it with Colin Thornton and I think they should be very proud of such an unassuming film that packs such a big cinematic punch. This is a film I can recommend all day long.