A penniless med student, increasingly disillusioned with the field she’s slaving away to enter, stumbles upon an irresistible opportunity for alternative education—an underground school of sorts where she’s able to utilize and refine her skills, while earning loads of cash.
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A promising idea that had the potential of saying something profound but instead chose style over substance, resulting in a mindless and muddled rape-revenge exploitation film that is more tits and gore than brains and heart.
Brilliant premise, pulled off really well for the most part. Great sick sense of humour and a very dark atmosphere, however the rape/revenge storyline seems tacked on to have more to work with, and ends up falling flat. The story isn't as together as it could/should be. I think it would have been much better as a tv series, where they would have had more time to flesh out their ideas. 3 stars
Isabelle anchors what could be a Six-ian exercise in adolescent shock, giving it a likable, believable center. Things get a bit out of hand as generic demands weigh heavy (same issue mars Ginger Snaps), but I was always engaged and, to the Soskas' credit, rooting for Mary. That's as successful as this stuff gets in the end.
I thought I would like this film, its makers clearly appreciate Cronenberg, Ferrara, Waters, and some other favorites of mine. But this mess only shows how hard it is to make a disturbing film that is intelligent and which rings true. It's gratuitous in its nastiness, hollow in its overheated perversity, and utterly unbelievable at every turn.
It's kind of like a low-rent Cronenberg. It's not bad, but not great. There are a few really good scenes, but on the whole the film doesn't quite gel. It suffers from an unfocused and anticlimactic script. However, it's a huge step up from the Soska sisters' first movie, "Dead Hooker in a Trunk," which sucked. "American Mary" proves the Soska sisters have potential. I'm interested in seeing what they do next.