Synopsis: The Moochmore girls are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness - because if they're not crazy then they're just unpopular. Their mother Shirley - unable to cope with her demanding daughters and unsupported by her philandering politician husband, Barry - suffers a nervous breakdown. After Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital (telling his constituents that "she's on holiday") he finds himself alone with 5 teenage girls he barely knows. Desperate, he impulsively picks up a hitchhiker named Shaz and installs her in his home as nanny to his daughters.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): P.J. Hogan
Production: Dada Films
  1 win & 16 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

(Birds tweeting)

(Birds tweeting)


(Tools hammering, lawnmower whirring)

(Music swells)

The hills are alive.

With the sound of music.

With songs they have sung.

For a thousand years.

The hills fill my heart.

With the sound of music.

My heart wants to sing

every song it hears.

My heart wants to beat

like the wings of the birds that rise.

From the lake to the trees...

Oh, no.

My heart wants to sigh...

But I was winni...

Like a chime that ies.

On a church on a breeze.

To laugh like a brook...

Oh, no.

When it trips and falls

over stones on its way.

To sing through the night.

Like a lark who is learning to pray.

I go to the hills.

When my heart is lonely...


Oh, my God! Mum's in the backyard!

We know!

- Coral!

'Do you often feel

that life is not worth living?'.


At 13, I attempted suicide

and jumped off the verandah


And just then Dad drove up.

He was knocked unconscious

for five minutes.

(Thinks) And this event is known as...

..The Disgrace.

And I'll sing.

Once more.

'Get your test results.'.


- I'm bipolar?!

(Banging at door)

Coral, Mum's gone off again.

- What? Gone off where?

- Off her head!

How do you solve a problem

like Maria?

The embarrassment is total!

You're the oldest, Coral! Do something!

I can't do anything. I'm mad too.

I'm bipolar. Maybe even schizophrenic.

Quick, Google 'schizophrenic'.

I have mood swings,

high-to-moderate depression

and I think people

are plotting against me!

Look, the only thing wrong

with you, Coral,

is you can't stand

if someone's more mental than you.

Girls, we are having dinner

at the table

as if we were a normal family.

Well, Mum's way more mental than you!

- We're more mental than you.

- I'm a socio-path, Leanne's autistic.

Other people eat dinner together,

so why not us?

- We looked it up.

- And they talk to each other.

They tell each other about their days...

- Even Michelle's more mental than you.

- She hears voices.

She told us! In her head!

And she thinks

she's being followed.

By aliens!

(Both laugh)

Top that, Coral.

When your father gets home,

Jane... can say grace.

Dad's not coming.

He hasn't had dinner with us

since The Disgrace.


Dad hates us, Mum.

That's because we're not a real family.

But when we start acting like one...

telling each other about our days

and singing and dancing...

then he will want to be with us.

Singing and dancing? Who does that?

(Leanne laughs)

The Von Trapps.

Oh, no.


Bless my homeland forever...

I always wanted to be a Von Trapp -

sing Edelweiss,

wear little matching outfits.


Be a credit to Austria.

- Edelweiss.

- Edelweiss...

Somehow I got things wrong.

I... ruined... everything.

Small and white...

I've let you girls run wild.

Everyone says.

We're an embarrassment to your father.

Don't you see the way

people stare at us?

They're... they're staring at you, Mum.

Well, soon, they'll be staring in envy.

At our togetherness.

At our normality.




(Michelle pants heavily)

High on the hill was a lonely goatherd.

Lay-ee odle-lay-ee


Loud was the voice

(Car engine starts)

Of the lonely goatherd

Lay-ee odle-lay-ee odle-loo.

High on the hill was

a lonely goatherd

Lay-ee odle-lay-ee odle-lay-hee-hoo

Loud was the voice...

Oh. Oh. Oh!

Oh! Oh, dear. Ohh.

Oh! Argh!


Oh... Oh.

Hi, Nancy.

Oh. Oh, dear.

Oh. Oh, no!

Oh, not again.

(Strains, laughs nervously)

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