It’s nearly 20 years since P J Hogan had a debut hit with Muriel’s Wedding, and this dysfunctional Aussie comedy is a very obvious attempt to recapture that feel-good spirit.
It even stars Toni Collette again, this time playing an eccentric force of nature whose straight-talking common sense proves vital in restoring a broken family.
The Moochmore girls are five in number – there the resemblance to Jane Austen’s Bennets ends – with a mother (Rebecca Gibney) who yearns for normality and a philandering politician father (Anthony LaPaglia) who can’t even remember his daughters’ names.
They all consider themselves “mental” until Shaz (Collette) enters their lives and gives them a sense of direction. The playing is way too broad, the script is all over the place, and its chaotic last half-hour must stretch even the best will in the world.