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P J Hogan
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Julie Andrews is a shadowy presence behind this intermittently hilarious Aussie comedy about just what is normal. Rebecca Gibney plays Shirley, the downtrodden politician's wife who is committed to an institution for wanting to be Maria Von Trapp and singing songs from
The Sound of Music
. And there's more than a whiff of Mary Poppins about Shaz (Toni Collette), the charismatic "crazy" that philandering husband Barry (Anthony LaPaglia) hires to look after the couple's five eccentrically neurotic daughters. But there's as much "Crocodile" Dundee as magic nanny about the wacky tactics that she uses to bring the kids to a self-confident, self-believing "state of Shaz". Director PJ Hogan, who worked with Collette on
, doesn't get things quite right: a heavy-duty second half is tougher to sit through than the hilarious first. And, at just under two hours, the film's too long. But, quibbles aside,
boasts more laugh-out-loud moments than most comedies.
A philandering politician has his wife committed to a mental hospital, then covers it up by claiming she is on holiday. Unable to cope with raising five demanding teenage daughters by himself, he hires a live-in nanny - an eccentric hitch-hiker who attempts to boost the girls' confidence in a number of bizarre ways. Comedy, starring Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia and Liev Schreiber.
Cast & Crew
P J Hogan
Swearing, drug abuse, brief nudity.
DVD and Blu-ray
16 Nov 2012
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