Maybe you’re one of those movie go-ers that like tripping, confusing, “is it all in their head?” movies. If so, I am assuming you liked Lovely Molly. I’m going to be honest, I don’t know if I really liked it or not. I was captivated by it and definitely entertained. It also forced me to turn on my mind and think. So, that’s a good thing.
The movie opens with the Molly pressing a knife to her own throat as a home video camera rolls. Whatever is controlling her won’t let her kill herself. In fact she tells us she hasn’t been in control at all for a lot of what we the audience is about to see. Molly and her truck driver husband are newlyweds who move into the childhood home where Molly and her sister Hannah were raised. Tim’s job keeps him on the road a lot, so the couple have a security system installed. One night, they’re warned of an intruder alert and can hear someone downstairs. A cop responds, only to find the backdoor open and no intruder. This is the first baby step into the tricky, “what the hell happened/what the hell IS happening?” scenarios of the film.
Molly is a recovering heroin addict and was at some point locked away in either an institution or drug rehab in the past. Sadly, her life was troubled before that. She suffered abuse at the hands of her now deceased father. Obviously the guy was an ass. And apparently some kind of horse-enthusiast weirdo!? The rest of the movie features scenes of only Molly seeing the ghostly father and her running from or getting attacked by him. Of course, Molly’s loved ones and us as the viewer have no idea if her ghost-dad (not played by Bill Cosby) is even really there at all. Is Molly simply cray? Is it the drugs? Then you mix in an unhealthy fascination with some red haired lady and her kids, and the character of Pastor Bobby. Pastor Bobby is a real treat too. Oh, and Molly gets naked a few times.
Now, if you want to watch the movie before I talk spoilers, do so now. It’s cool. I will wait here. Then, come on back and read below.
‘Kay. So now you watched the movie, or skipped straight to the spoilers. Either way is fine. I have to admit, I feel a little dumb after watching this movie. I felt like, there was something obvious going on that I apparently missed. I don’t get the horse thing. Why the picture of horses crudely pasted over dad’s photos?? And is that why Molly dragged home a deer carcass to stick in the ceiling of the cellar and stab repeatedly? Like, wtf was that? How was it even possible to get that thing in the ceiling? It looked heavy!! And now that we know Molly may just be completely crazy or just losing it from the drug relapse, how can we be sure the affair between the red haired lady and her husband even happened? And yes her husband “apologizes” in his death throes. But, apologizes for what? For not believing her? For actually cheating? For wanting to leave her in a time of need? Maybe that was all in her head to. And of course after she’s KO’d everyone, she wanders out in the yard to be nudely embraced by a horse/deer/man/father?? In the last scene, we see a for sale sign on the front lawn of the empty house. Hannah comes in and finds the album full of dad’s “new look” of horse-head pictures. Did Molly die? Or is she just now locked away? I am guessing dead, but who the hell knows. Anyway, Hannah takes the same steps and stance toward the closet in her and Molly’s old room as Molly did early in the film. From her doing that, I assumed that means the ghost father option is true. And now he is going to wreck havoc on the daughter who protected Molly and ultimately murdered him. But, again I say, who the hell knows. Do you know?!? Help me understaaaaaaand!
I promise that I do normally do not have to have all the loose ends tied up in movies. In fact, I usually like stuff a little open to interpretation. However, I find myself left with more questions than even theories about what the fuck I just watched.
On a positive note, I thought there were some brilliant things going on in this movie. First of all, the sound. OMG, the sound is AMAZING. So many of the scares and creepy scenes in the movie were dependent on the sound. And the technicians on this movie did a fantastic job. Not to mention, how about that creepy sing-song voice of dad? EWW. Awful in the best way.
And the acting I thought was fabulous. I couldn’t help but be impressed by Gretchen Lodge, Alexandra Holden, and the late Johnny Lewis. I was not familiar with anything else Johnny had done. And as an odd twist of fate, I watched this movie the day after he passed away, without even knowing who he was or that he had died. It wasn’t until I looked him up on IMDB that I found out. It sounds like he was a troubled guy and its too bad considering he was really talented.
Well, watch the movie. Get back to me! Maybe by the time someone does I will have drawn some more conclusions and decided if I liked the movie or not :p