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
Fabulous Film
First off, I love all of the actors in this movie. Everyone did a fabulous job. This movie did a great job with how other's perceive 'mental' people. This film has a fabulous opening and fabulous ending. I'm sad that this movie wasn't in a movie theatre near me because I would have seen it at least twice.

I appreciate this movie so much. So much that I would recommend it to anyone. Especially people who have obsessive compulsive disorder. They are some crazy people.

The reason I love this movie so much is because the female character's who are considered 'unpopular, and mental' are so likable. I love a good movie with a fabulous ending. Sequel? I hope so
2013-06-13
Good entertainment
I liked this movie and I thought it had something to say. As one mainstream criticism I have read says, its main theme is how we should look after each other. But that we don't look after each other. The father (Anthony LaPaglia) of five girls is an absent, self-absorbed politician. The girls' auntie is uncaring and shallow, and the neighbours and cafe owners are mean and judgemental. So the when the mum (Rebecca Gibney) has a nervous breakdown, she and her daughters look headed for disaster. In steps a stranger, the hitchhiker Shaz, (Toni Collette), and her estranged, shark museum owner husband (Liev Schreiber) to at least take an interest in this lost family. Shaz may be deeply flawed and scary, but morally she's a saint compared to the other weakling characters. One of the drawbacks -- the same as in PJ Hogan's much earlier film Muriel's Wedding -- is the over the top and cartoonish nature of some scenes. In most cases there's no need for it. He didn't seem to be so garish in My Best Friend's Wedding with Julia Roberts so he can do 'subtle' if he wants to. One thing I admire about 'Mental', is it has the courage to take on (and joke about) issues such as mental illness, grief, homosexuality and absent Dads. So overall, a pretty good movie.
2012-10-07
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
Mental the best Aussie movie I have seen in a long time
I took my 16 year old daughter to see this movie and I was a bit unsure if it would be as good as I was expecting after reading other reviews. The comedy alone in this movie is very Australian and we both thoroughly enjoyed the movie from start to finish. This is a very offbeat and quirky comedy however there was a much deeper message to uncover as the movie went on and this added to the higher rating I have given the movie. The way Shaz goes about turning around a family who had no self respect and was looked down upon by neighbours and family was what the movie was really about. Rebecca Gibney and Toni Collette were outstanding and I will be buying the DVD when it comes out to add to my collection of Aussie movies. Plenty of laughs and overall highly entertaining.
2012-09-28
I laughed a total of 1 times...
It's not that difficult to make me laugh but the "singing Russel Crowe look-a-like" was the only thing remotely funny. From the very word go, the movie tries to make a funny, but unfortunately it was backed up with substandard acting I could have done in my own backyard and this choked any humor into oblivion.

A lot of the movie did come together in the end, and it seems that many the audiences liked the movie. I must have been surrounded by Aussie yobboes in that theater last night.

The topic of the movie is mental illness, and this issue is a very serious social issue. In other words movie is trying to give a balance between family issues, social issues, and schizophrenia versus providing comedy and entertainment. The directors probably tried to find that balance without looking sadistic and insensitive, but sadly the makers of this movie didn't have it in them to pull it off. It was a sign that the director gave up on finding this balance when the young teenage girl announces that she was schizophrenic and the family laughs in unison... gee how sweet. Yes, this was one of the jokes which failed to draw a laugh out of me.

I like how Toni Collette just gets randomly picked up off the street (literally) in the movie and then bang!, she's the central character. Is this some new movie mechanism or something? IE If you need a new character in a movie you drive around town and just pick one randomly off the street? A secondary theme in the movie was a 'stand up for yourself' and 'don't get bullied' theme. Sadly the chances of picking up someone who dresses like a prostitute off the street corner to give young people lessons about self respect harms this theme somewhat. I don't recommend anyone pick up a random person off the street - period!, just as I don't recommend this disappointment of a movie.
2012-11-13
Wild, crazy, hilarious, classic & touching.
I love Australian films. This film is in our keepers file along with The Castle. I am certain I could watch it 100 times & still have a good laugh. I've read some reviews that this film was similar to Muriel's Wedding, "What the?". Ignore these reviews, Mental is nothing like Muriel's Wedding. How can someone tackle a major issue such as Mental Health so thoughtfully, creatively and skillfully? The story line holds so much weight, the actors give the characters so much depth and the humour hits a level you only get to reach so often. I am astounded at the quality of this film. If for some unfortunate reason you don't enjoy this film then do yourself a favour... consider having your mental health assessed.
2013-12-20
Loved it
I have to say in response to another reviewers comments that the fact that they say "muddled plot and complicatedness of the character interactions' causes disappointment only further identifies the lack of knowledge for society around people living with mental health illnesses.

I think that if it is viewed to be muddled and complicated P J Hogan has fully succeeded in communicating the complexity of living with mental illness and the perception society have when interacting with people living with these illnesses.

I thought it was raw and confronting, cushioned by humor. I loved it.
2012-10-05
Well worth watching the entire movie
This is a fantastic cast but you must watch the entire movie and not quit because you want laughs at the beginning. YOU must watch the situations be set up. I had to watch this twice to catch all of the words as I am Australian accent deficient. The ending is wonderful. Please watch this with an open mind as you may just be surprised at how well you can laugh. Colletti is fantastic as usual and this is probably one of the first movies I've watched where she didn't have to be so darn serious all the time. The mother is just wonderful and is so polly-anna I thought I was watching Dinah Shore playing Melanie on Carol Burnett, sticking her head in the sugar bowl. And the Daddy is so different than Without A Trace. Watch it and laugh.
2013-07-15
Do you hear any voices? I'm hearing mine, can't stop laughing...
I will not write about a plot, that's done already, I'll write about what got me.

It's amazing the idea of P.J.Hogan to show us, that everybody is kind of "mental" and it starts straight in the title of the movie, when the letter E is falling apart. Then The name Moochmore is preparing us for a ride with "the sound of music", with the sound of mental disorders. Let's introduce some of the characters.

Shirley, mum of 5 daughters, is compensating the missing love of her husband with an ipad by singing, which is making her ridiculous in front of the other people and her relatives; by the way she is doing it in her back yard, so there should be little bit of a privacy in there, but the "watching neighbours" are everywhere. She is bullied by her sister - real psycho anyway, by the coffee shop manager and she tells for everything sorry. She explodes in shopping addiction and that's the last straw which is making her loving husband coming home and her going for a "holidays".

The father, Barry Moochemore, is mooching his wife for his upcoming elections, cheating on her and he hates his home, because he doesn't have a home with 5 boys but 5 daughters instead not knowing which one is which one. There is a quote after quote, for example: "Boys have breakdowns, dad." "Not Australian's boys. They are busy to play football." After naming some of the mental disorders by his girls he submit "No one is going mental. Not before I do!"

The history of Shirley and Barry tries to repeat with one of the daughters - Coral when her love affair starts with saying NO to Trout (I don't know if the names are chosen by accident or it's satiric as well - trout and coral working in an aqua park). We learned before that Shirley's love affair and marriage started with a rape.

Chaz, amazing Toni Collette, is a fatalist trying to fix up everybody's life with her Bible "Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders" showing them the real side of their personality. She explains to the girls, that it is normal to be mental in Australia because in the past there were sent only mad people and criminals to Australia to live and they are their's descendants. There is a lovely scene, when she is going to visit one of the "watching neighbours" and when they talk nasty about Moochmores they make this piggy sound while laughing so she starts to make it as well and they think that's totally normal, they even don't notice it.

I could go for ever and ever in the study of these characters, but watch it by yourself, because it is not first planning Hollywood type of comedy and that speaks for it self. Let's finish it with the words of Trevor:

"Everything is Sharks. Life is sharks. Mental is a shark."
2013-02-08
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