Mad, Sad & Bad (2009)
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Mad, Sad & Bad is a thirtysomething comedy about an endearingly dysfunctional family and group of friends whose personal lives are continuously messed up by their own selfish needs and neuroses. Atul is a sitcom writer who despises the work that everybody else loves. Rashmi lives at home with her mother, craving a life of her own but dreading all that goes with it. And Hardeep is a psychiatrist who can diagnose everyoneas problems but his own. Award-winning writer and director Avie Luthra turns
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A disconcerting fluctuation in tone - from sorrowful satire to cheesy sitcom - proves the film's fatal flaw.
Like a sitcom pilot that should never have seen the light of day. The characters are cardboard cutouts and the comedy lacks bite. Imagine the same script featuring white characters and you will see just how second-rate the screenplay is.
has its moments, but the great Meera Syal and a gifted cast are not well served by an undeveloped script and some uncertain direction.
All we learn from Mad, Sad & Bad is that, while a decent comedy can aspire to get away with all sorts of things, a lack of imagination shouldn't be one of them.
Despite some nice ideas, and an impressive cast, Avie Luthra's family-ensemble movie doesn't entirely come together.
The dialogue struggles to find the midpoint between naturalism and sit-com-style banter. But Luthra possesses a contrary sensibility that makes me curious to see what he comes up with next.
Mad, Sad & Bad is unengaging, even dull. Most frustratingly, its bitterness at the flip side of success for a new generation of British Asians is left unchanneled.
Mad, Sad & Bad, it must be said, is not made with any great flair. But Luthra extracts good performances from his cast and his writing gives them something to do once the story gets going.
A flat, glum, uninspired first feature that would struggle to find an audience on Sunday night television, never mind at cinemas.
A British-Asian comedy that may not be mad or sad but is... Well, you've guessed it. another underachieving comedy to file and forget in British cinema's already overstuffed bottom drawer. Yawn.
Despite moments of poignancy you are left wondering why this contrived affair has strayed into the cinema.
This British drama is patchy in places, but it just about succeeds thanks to a handful of decent gags and strong performances from its ensemble cast.
Although it has been made on a tiny budget, Mad, Sad & Bad holds together because of some brilliant performances.
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