Octavia Spencer has had a crazy career. In the early 2000s she was one of those actors that you would see in a ton stuff, but not know their name. I don’t know when she actually blew up, but for me it was definitely with “The Help” where I realized how great of an actress she was. Since then she’s been in some of my favorite movies including “The Shape of Water” and her career shows no signs of slowing down.
But now this new movie, “Ma,” looks to be showing a side of Octavia I haven’t seen yet. A really unsettling and bizarre side that I’m . . . kind of into?
“Ma” comes by way of director Tate Taylor, who actually directed Octavia in “The Help,” and writer Scotty Landes (“Workaholics”). Along with Octavia Spencer the film stars Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis, Allison Janney, and Missi Pyle.
Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers, Glass), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own.
She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house 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, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.
Ma also stars Juliette Lewis (August: Osage County) as Maggie’s mom, Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) as a local dad, Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) as his girlfriend, and McKaley Miller (TV’s Hart of Dixie), Corey Fogelmanis (TV’s Girl Meets World), Gianni Paolo (TV’s Power) and Dante Brown (Lethal Weapon TV series) as Maggie’s friends.
Check out the trailer down below. “Ma” hits theaters on May 31st.