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16 Nov 2012
16 Apr 2013
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A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family's life when she becomes the nanny of five girls.
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This movie makes Silver Linings Playbook look tame. An extraordinary funny take on family, relationships, loss and mental illness. If you're a fan of Toni Colette, you cannot miss it.
The humour is sometimes used to hide the pain, while at other times the drama takes precedence and asks us to switch modes. This ambivalent approach is also evident in the differing styles of performance
You will recognise a few big names, but the supporting actors were all equally talented. A genuinely amazing film. Actually funnier than Muriel's wedding. Destined to become a classic, with excellent performances from all.
Even for a riotous Australian black comedy, this film packs in just a bit too much chaos. It's consistently smart and funny, with lively characters and especially witty dialog, but some of the sideroads never go anywhere.
Mental is an apt description for this oddball Australian film from P.J. Hogan, the director of 1994 hit Muriel's Wedding. He's even got back together with Toni Collette, but nobody is going to think this is another Muriel's Wedding. It's very different, but equally infused with an infectious, optimistic spirit. When their Sound Of Music-obsessed mother is committed to a mental institution, five teenage girls think there's something wrong with them as well. Their distracted politician father Barry (Anthony LaPaglia) employs nanny Shaz (Collette) to keep an eye on them, but instead she gets them into all sorts of misadventures involving a local a waterpark manager (Liev Schreiber, sporting an Aussie accent). How much you enjoy this film may depend on how much you like the characters - there's nobody that could be considered normal here. The tone is constantly set at a colourful high pitch which occasionally grates on the nerves. However, the cast give it their all and the performances by the younger cast members are well-observed. It's often quite funny too, so you get the feeling that you're laughing with the characters rather than at them. A curio at best, but an Australian film is always worth a look.
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