Starring: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Directed by: Adam Elliot
Written By: Adam Elliot
Rating: Unrated (US) Running Time: 1 hr 32 min
This is such a wonderful little film! A story about an unlikely friendship between a 44 year old obese New Yorker and an awkward 8 year old girl from Melbourne Australia. In parts hilarious, but also tragic, and always gorgeous to look at. The animation is incredibly rich and detailed, and coupled with a script that takes a poignant look at mental illness.
This isn’t for children at all. Some serious subjects are explored in this movie including mental illnesses from asperger’s to chronic depression. The effects of these conditions force the characters to act out in a variety of ways. Alcoholism, suicide, violence and gluttony. Sometimes played for comic effect, sometimes tragically so.
Best viewing format:
This is so beautifully animated I suggest a HD viewing at home. That way you’ll pick up on all the incredible detail in the locations and characters.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
Max is answering Mary’s question about where babies come from. Here’s the quote directly from the film.
“Unfortunately, in America, babies are not found in cola cans. I asked my mother when I was four, and she said they came from eggs laid by rabbis. If you aren’t Jewish, they’re laid by Catholic nuns. If you’re an atheist, they’re laid by dirty, lonely prostitutes.”
Now go and see the movie so you can watch how that visually plays out. I had to pause the movie I was laughing so hard!