Like its first breast cancer-themed installment, Call Me Crazy aka Five 2/Five More will feature five short films featuring A-list talent both in front and behind the camera. The sequel will address mental illness. Directors include Laura Dern, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd and Bryce Dallas Howard.


“Call Me Crazy” is the second Five film to tackle heavy issues. This year’s theme is mental illness and its impact on those around us. The five films come from people who don’t function as directors, but they have a background in entertainment. Naturally, we see their talents unfold as they play off what they know and what they will bring to the table. Jennifer Aniston serves as the overall producing voice to guide them, but each story has unique qualities. Plus, I appreciate the attempt to balance the female and masculine voices in the narrative.

Bonnie Hunt’s segment stands out the best. She plays with a simple conceit of a stand-up comic that is spiraling out of control, while trying to find a network of like-minded spirits to support him. You feel for the guy and the supporting cast is made up of comics that have been in the same position. Laura Dern tries to make a tale out of the girl from Modern Family trying to handle a mentally ill mother. While I’m watching it, I want to know who is going to make a Five movie about that girl’s eyes. She looks like an anime character that James Cameron whipped up for his Battle Angel Alita (never going to happen) film.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty decent for standard definition. The Dolby 5.1 track is soft and lossy. Still, the transfer looks pretty sharp. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.


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