Comedy / Drama
Director: P.J. Hogan
Running time: 116 mins Released: 16th November 2012
The director of Muriel's Wedding finally returns to Australia with this kooky comedy that reunites him with the immensely likeable Toni Collette. In the town of Dolphin Heads, mayor Barry Moochmore (Anthony LaPaglia) is the absent-minded head of an off-kilter family. His wife Shirley (Rebecca Gibney) is a little too enamoured with the Sound Of Music, constantly making her five daughters watch the film and dreaming that they are more like the Von Trapps. After Shirley has a nervous breakdown in public, Barry decides to pack her off to a mental institution. Left with his daughters who all believe that they suffer from similar mental disorders, he plucks pot-smoking hitch-hiker Shaz (Collette) off the streets to care for them. She attacks the neighbourhood's conformity with her anarchic tactics and over-friendly dog Ripper.