Everybody’s welcome at Ma’s. But good luck getting home safe. Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in her basement. But there are rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.” But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare.


A great performance from Octavia Spencer as Ma can’t stop Ma the movie from being a pretty standard thriller. It’s slow pace, the real action and horror doesn’t kick in until about the last 20 minutes, drags it down to the point where, when the action does start, you’ve pretty much lost any interest that you had at the beginning.

Told in part flashback it’s hard to have any sympathy for the wrongs that were done to Ma in her school days as Ma, the adult isn’t a particularly nice person, and you get the feeling by the end that she deserves everything that’s coming her way.

Of the young cast Diane Silvers and Miller Mc Kaley are particularly good whilst Luke Evans and Allison Janney pop up in roles that are no more than cameos.

Sadly Ma is a pretty ordinary psycho thriller and certainly worth a watch, just don’t go expecting anything special.


Ma (15)

1h 39m

Director: Tate Taylor
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, McKaley Miller, Missi Pyle, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo, Dante Brown

UK Release: Friday 31st May 2019

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