Mad Sad & Bad

2009, Comedy, 1h 30m

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Movie Info

Friends and siblings have their lives messed up by their own selfish needs.

Cast & Crew

Avie Luthra
Screenwriter
Mat Davidson
Original Music
Stuart Biddlecombe
Cinematographer
Liz Roe
Film Editor
Katie MacGregor
Production Design
Victoria Burnett
Art Director
Cecile Dauby
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Critic Reviews for Mad Sad & Bad

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  • A disconcerting fluctuation in tone - from sorrowful satire to cheesy sitcom - proves the film's fatal flaw.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like a BBC One sitcom written by someone who thinks he's Strindberg.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite some nice ideas, and an impressive cast, Avie Luthra's family-ensemble movie doesn't entirely come together.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 31, 2009
  • 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.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • A disconcerting fluctuation in tone - from sorrowful satire to cheesy sitcom - proves the film's fatal flaw.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like a BBC One sitcom written by someone who thinks he's Strindberg.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite some nice ideas, and an impressive cast, Avie Luthra's family-ensemble movie doesn't entirely come together.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 31, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 4, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • has its moments, but the great Meera Syal and a gifted cast are not well served by an undeveloped script and some uncertain direction.

    August 4, 2009 | Full Review…

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