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Toni Collette re-teams with Muriel's Wedding director P.J. Hogan

Aussie PJ Hogan's first local feature in nearly two decades is his most subversive and personal since Muriel’s Wedding.

Toni Collette again headlines as hitchhiker Shaz, hired to take over a household of adolescent girls by an absent philandering father (Anthony LaPaglia) who has sent his Sound Of Music-loving wife to the funny farm following a breakdown.

Packed with fine performances, this attack on suburban conformity is surprising, darkly hilarious and cleverly leaves the insanity judgement to its audience. Its only misstep is an unnecessary crowd-pleasing curtain call.

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