December 19, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

Cosi

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto
director
Mark Joffe
genre
Comedy

Ain’t mental illness a riot? Struggling theater director Ben Mendelsohn, desperate for work, agrees to participate in a form of occupational therapy: a production of Mozart’s opera Coso fan tutte to be performed entirely by asylum inmates. Naturally, they’re the kind of wacky but lovable loonies that exist only in exploitative movies like this one, and their various psychoses result in, oh, just a whole mess of scrapes. Granted, my PC carping would be academic if this Australian comedy, Cosi, were actually funny, but the best it can offer is a suicidal patient singing ”I’m So Excited” as a funereal dirge. C-

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