McKee stars as the all too lonely Roman, a man without a TV and too much time on his hands. Every day at around 5:30 he opens up his curtains to watch his beautiful neighbor (Played by “Veronica Mars” Kristen Bell). At this point he is sort of an innocent peeping tom not doing much harm.
Outside of his boredom and isolation at home he is a working man that doesn’t mingle much with his co-workers. They bust his balls throughout the day because he comes off as a quiet and creepy weirdo. They also make cruel remarks about him behind his back but what he doesn’t here doesn’t hurt him. He isn’t dying to make friends anyway. They get on him about not having a television so he takes it upon himself to draw one on his wall and he actually watches it. I would classify Roman as a certified goofball that needs to get some slippery poon!
I guess I didn’t mention that my homeboy Roman gets his drink on. He does it in a more classy fashion. Fuck the dive bars! Roman sits on rooftops , gets tipsy and actually gets the attention of his gorgeous neighbor. They have a conversation and throughout their encounter he compliments her looks as she talks about how the pork in Porkin Beans is prepared and that Roman has great taste in beer!
Roman makes a great impression with his upbeat and outgoing neighbor so they get together again at his apartment. He fixed his furniture at this point so he doesn’t come of as a perverted psycho. Their second “date” started off sweet but due to Roman’s desperate personality a chance of a third date is zero because their date ended tragically.
So now throughout the film Roman puts the girl he now calls “Isis” on ice in the bathtub, deals with his landlord neighbor that likes to blast raunchy porno in full blast surround sound and meets another hot chick. The chick this time is another sweet girl Eva thats full of life and energy that immediately has a crush on him. Roman is a dangerous character thats fucked up but what does that matter? The guy would still get the ladies even if you dipped him in twat repellant.
Roman is a lucky guy(not just because of his macking skills) because the cops and neighbors don’t suspect anything and I take it that the ice is keeping Isis from leaking out a putrid stench. Now he just wants to stay low and live of Porkin’ Beans and beer. He can’t avoid his new admirer and it bothers him because of the guilt he feels over his last brief relationship. She keeps trying and eventually Roman gives in and goes out with her to a play and dinner. They continue to see eachother but Roman takes it slow this time around.
I don’t want to give too much a way so I’ll stop spoiling nearly every scene. I thought the movie was going to end differently because I thought I had it all figured out. I was expecting a twist with the Eva character so i was pleased what I thought was going to happen did not occur. Her character is sweet but has an odd obsession with death that makes Roman quite uncomfortable.
The movie has some funny stuff that seemed forced and out of place in this moody character study. However I think the scenes at Roman’s work place were natural and amusing. When he tells the work crew he has two girl friends I couldn’t help but crack up at the morbid truth behind that statement.
All in all I would call this movie a success on a gigantic level. It succeeded as a digital film and a strait forward story wonderfully crafted by the genius Angela Bettis…with a little help from her Co- Writer and Star Lucky McKee of course. The music in the movie has “May” written all over it and it helped the film tremendously. This movie proves that if a writer comes up with a interesting story with three dimensional and relatable characters anything is possible. Hopefully FILM snobs admit to this being an effective piece of work. McKee and Bettis proved to me that they are horrors greatest tag team and rumor has it they may work together again in the future in a third movie to complete this lonely trilogy. I am hoping they star in a film together one day.
Fan’s of “May” will not be disappointed. The movie felt more dark at times and even the ending was depressing. For fans of gore there is a few limbs here and there but no splatter. The movie has a melancholy vibe and deals with death in a non gruesome fashion. This flick won’t cheer you up unless your sick of the bullshit in theatres lately. Lucky McKee is the M.V.P of Horror film and deserves the title Master of Horror. The guy can not lose. He is a brilliant writer and a director that won’t give in to the Hollywood system. Give this movie a shot and support everything Angela and Lucky do in the future.
Rating - ***