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 a sharp observational eye towards an ensemble of often extreme and complex characters, played by a talented cast that includes Meera Syal (The Kumars, Anita & Me), Nitin Ganatra (Bride & Prejudice, Shifty) and Andrea Riseborough (Happy-Go-Lucky). Mad, Sad & Bad is nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009
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Critic Reviews for Mad, Sad & Bad

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

has its moments, but the great Meera Syal and a gifted cast are not well served by an undeveloped script and some uncertain direction.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009
Observer (UK)

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009

Like a BBC One sitcom written by someone who thinks he's Strindberg.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
Times (UK)

Despite some nice ideas, and an impressive cast, Avie Luthra's family-ensemble movie doesn't entirely come together.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009

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