Mental
Year:
2012
Country:
USA, Australia
Genre:
Drama, Comedy
IMDB rating:
6.1
Director:
P.J. Hogan
Malorie O'Neill as Michelle Moochmore
Hayley Magnus as Donna
Lily Sullivan as Coral Moochmore
Sam Clark as Trout
Rob Carlton as Jack
Holly Buchanan as Coral - 13yo
Austin Caffin as Faceless Figure
Chelsea Bennett as Kayleen
Deborah Mailman as Sandra
Liev Schreiber as Trevor Blundell
Rebecca Gibney as Shirley Moochmore
Kerry Fox as Nancy
Anthony LaPaglia as Barry Moochmore
Bethany Whitmore as Jane Moochmore
Nicole Freeman as Leanne
Storyline: 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.
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Reviews
Excellent film, although not what the preview seems
The video preview made it seem mostly like a comedy, thus my husband agreed to watch it. He goes for action/adventure/comedy; my daughter and I go for things with these elements but perhaps more of an actual PLOT. He fell asleep before it was over but my daughter and I loved it. It is more drama than comedy (and I did cry) but there were parts when I was laughing hysterically. People who feel "different" or don't "fit in," those with mental illness in their family, and those who have experienced traumatic grief will relate to this movie and find parts of it heartbreaking. Without spoiling the ending, it is worth the wait - I was absolutely rolling around cracking up (and woke up my husband who, sadly, missed a great movie).
2013-04-28
Hilarious and clever - if you're beige you will hate it
Clever, quirky, hilariously funny and with enough pathos and melancholy to really get you thinking. If you are one of the beige folk, you will hate it. If you march to the beat of your own drum and always find yourself on the side of the underdog you will love it. Mental illness is definitely not off limits and with typical Australian irreverence the subject is tackled head on. Draws some conclusions about "normality" that some people will not be comfortable with. You will recognise a few big names, but the supporting actors were all equally talented. A genuinely amazing film. Actually funnier than Muriel's wedding. Destined to become a classic, with excellent performances from all.
2012-10-04
Excellent
Toni Collete is outstanding as Shaz, her performance is only one good reason to see this film; love, love, love it!! Worth seeing. Enjoyed the wit, humor and found myself identifying and empathizing with a few of the characters; having dealt with mental illness in my family, this film pinpoints and illustrates family dynamics with humor and style. Enjoyed the references to another favorite, "Sound of Music," which this film inspired me to watch again with my exchange student daughter...she and I had a great time sharing both films. Mental had me laughing till the credits rolled and was truly entertaining on many levels.
2013-04-10
Movie Mental
I went to watch Mental today with my friend Tracey. After 5 minutes of watching we wanted to get up and leave. But we didn't and kept watching, giving the movie a chance to pick up..What made me so upset is the "way" they use their English...The way they talked was...horrible. Not all Australian talk like that,and I certainly don't and wont. And would never encourage anybody to talk like we haven't learned anything at school!!A long time ago a herd that Australian movies weren't very good, and I've defended the industry, telling people how much I've enjoyed a more than a few Australian films. I didn't laugh much, I felt embarrassed and we were looking at each other like, "what are we watching??".

It was the worst movie I have seen in a long time. I go to the cinema once a week with my dear friend Tracey, and we both felt the same.Today I felt I've wasted my money...So sorry, but honestly, I didn't enjoy it at all.
2012-10-09
Wow
A real surprise ... actually, several of them! Not for everyone, and it seems a bit longer than it needed to be, but I loved it. WOW!

The actors seemed like they were having a great time ... lots of fun.

Some of the reviews I read seemed like they're applying a "standard movie" template and framework to what turns out to be more fun, more up and down, more loopy -- and yet more thoughtful and insightful -- than their standard template can accommodate.

In fact, these reviews turn out to be the very same conformity (of thought, style, expectation, fear) that the movie very directly takes aim at.

To Hogan, Collette, and the others: Very well done!
2013-06-01
Seriously?
OMG seriously? Are those review on the first page even know what a movie is? I'm gonna make a list on other movie that they giving 10stars and definitely gonna skip those too.

I watched first 5min then and double the playback speed for 30min and then fast forward till last 10min and can confirm this is one of the worst movie of the year!!!

I don't find any joke in it, its just a lame boring movie you should totally skip it.

And IMDb need me to wrote at least 10lines? What a joke, even one line is more than enough, just skip it.
2014-01-14
seriously ,you liked this
i am making a list of every reviewer who gave this movie a positive review and marking them never to read again as they have nothing to offer me when it comes to recommending movies. i was shocked to find out that it was the same director as Muriel's wedding but i then read he also did my best friends wedding and on remembering that singing scene at the restaurant were they all joined in it made perfect sense.(i say a little prayer for you!CRINGE) i am just so glad i didn't waste my money and time seeing it at the cinema but i am sorry i read the first 2 pages of user reviews on this site as it is not until the 3rd page that the truth comes out. for the first time ever i nearly asked video ezy for my $5.95 back but its not there fault.
2013-04-09
not a bit what I expected
Not sure at first if I wanted to see an Australian movie due to the wretched nature of their soap operas and I had a bit of trouble getting into the first half hour. It has some odd plot bumps but they work overall and it's worth the wait for the various payoffs that crop up through out the story. Some great acting from all the cast. I had no idea the shark guy was Liev Schreiber and Anthony LaPaglia comes off very convincingly as the out of touch dad but it is the women and the girls that make this film and should be it's core fan base. However this is a "chick flick" that guys can actually enjoy too. I think it will be considered a minor classic some years hence. This really is a very very funny, clever film. You could do worse (Identity Thief) with bigger budget movies but this is one film I think will leave a lasting impression on the viewer and a real feather in the cap for the younger actors as their careers progress.
2013-05-26
great movie!!!
Good quality humor, excellent actor performance, Toni Collette at her best and I can not imagine another actor acting better then her in this movie. Best movie of 2012 in this genre so far. Don't want to spoil it for anybody, the movie captures in a funny sarcastic manner the madness in which the present society is bathing. For thous who don't know Toni Collette, until this movie, I really recommend United States of Tara, the TV series. This actress really knows how to act as a mental person and know how to enter the character. Definitely I will buy the DVD for the collection and recommend it to everybody, especially to those with similar issues shown in the movie. Thank you P.J. Hogan for this movie!
2012-11-16
Luaghter doesn't hide the message within.
A dysfunctional family on the Gold Coast is set to implode, due to the father's constant philandering and the mother's inability to control her five daughters. The long suffering mother played with great sympathy by Rebecca Gibney, takes to singing songs from The Sound Of Music in her backyard which horrifies her straight laced neighbors. She is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, her husband doesn't even know who his daughters are, while they in turn imagine all sorts of symptoms of their own, to hide the one essential fact that they are unpopular because the community sees their mother as a bona fide nut case. He has his wife committed to an institution, but in a move that is typical of how this illness is regarded, her condition is covered up, by saying she has gone on holiday. This explanation was a common lie, and has been used for decades, it was the same lie told about my own mother many times over, who suffered a series of severe 'mental breakdowns' throughout her entire adult life.

Into this domestic maelstrom strides an eccentric non–conformist (Colette) who we instantly know will set about restoring this family unit, by using unorthodox methods. Instead of getting them to conform in a military style take over, she takes the girls on a journey of self discovery, to embrace their eccentricities and discover their inner strengths. She speaks from her heart based on her own experiences which hint at dark secrets from her past. There are people who will criticize this film as dismissing a serious topic to get a few cheap laughs, and at times the film even resorts to crude slapstick. Nothing could be further from the truth. What this film stresses time and time again is the need for sympathy, empathy and a measure of acceptance when things are beyond our immediate understanding. Collette is outstanding as Shaz, who is part life coach, part manipulator, part politician and wholly anarchic. She is given solid support by newcomer Lily Sullivan who plays the oldest of the daughters, Coral. In many ways this film is a female rites of passage film about Coral, but it is much, much more than that. A little film that proves the old adage, that sometimes laughter is the best medicine, while at the same time providing plenty of food for thought on a serious issue.
2013-03-17
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