Buddy Movies: For Adults Only

Posted by on Dec 10, 2011 in Buddy Movies | 0 comments


Life of Pi (2012): This fantasy-adventure from director Ang Lee is a tale of an unlikely duo forced to share a lifeboat after a shipwreck. The story of an Indian boy and a Bengal tiger, from the novel by Yann Martel, is topically perfect for kids and its visuals are, too (they’re purposely over-the-top on artifice). But its running time (127 min) and overt spiritual message won’t hold their attention.

Mary & Max (2009): This Australian claymation feature from writer/director/designer Adam Elliot is a charmingly sad black comedy that’ll have you begging to hug its lonely titular characters. Mary (Toni Collette) is an 8-year-old Aussie who wears a perpetually grey mood ring and enjoys sweetened condensed milk while watching The Noblets. She becomes pen pals with Max (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), a 44-year-old New Yorker who enjoys chocolate hotdogs while watching The Noblets. Neither have any friends, except for their equally depressing pets. Most of the film is their narrated correspondence, and deals with issues like bullying, autism, and depression. But, most of all, it’s about love.

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