The Heartbreak Kid
Mikey and Nicky
A New Leaf
Heaven Can Wait
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Broke, untalented nightclub performers (Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman) accept a gig at a Moroccan hotel before becoming CIA pawns in May’s highly underrated romp. “May’s screenwriting has a sardonic, aphoristic brilliance. . . . [as director] she pushes Beatty and Hoffman out of their familiar personae, into strange psychodramatic performances that emerge with a precision of gesture and inflection” (Richard Brody, New Yorker).
The Heartbreak Kid is a bitter satire that plays like a whimsical romantic comedy. “[A] movie that manages the marvelous and very peculiar trick of blending the mechanisms and the cruelties of Neil Simon’s comedy with the sense and sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald” (Vincent Canby, New York Times).
Excellent performances by Peter Falk and John Cassavetes, who play petty gangsters in a lonely night’s landscape, on the run from death, mark this distinctive work, written and directed by May.
This fantasy-comedy about a young man (Beatty) who is mistakenly taken to heaven by his guardian angel earned May her first Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Starring Walter Matthau as a playboy who has squandered his wealth and must marry a rich woman or forfeit all his passions, and May as a nerdy heiress, A New Leaf “illustrates how fluidly May fuses verbal and physical comedy” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times).