Mental

  • 15
  • P J Hogan (2012)
  • US / Aus
  • 111 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Julie Andrews is a shadowy presence behind this intermittently hilarious Aussie comedy about just what is normal. Rebecca Gibney plays Shirley, the downtrodden politician's wife who is committed to an institution for wanting to be Maria Von Trapp and singing songs from The Sound of Music. And there's more than a whiff of Mary Poppins about Shaz (Toni Collette), the charismatic "crazy" that philandering husband Barry (Anthony LaPaglia) hires to look after the couple's five eccentrically neurotic daughters. But there's as much "Crocodile" Dundee as magic nanny about the wacky tactics that she uses to bring the kids to a self-confident, self-believing "state of Shaz". Director PJ Hogan, who worked with Collette on Muriel's Wedding, doesn't get things quite right: a heavy-duty second half is tougher to sit through than the hilarious first. And, at just under two hours, the film's too long. But, quibbles aside, Mental boasts more laugh-out-loud moments than most comedies.

Plot Summary

A philandering politician has his wife committed to a mental hospital, then covers it up by claiming she is on holiday. Unable to cope with raising five demanding teenage daughters by himself, he hires a live-in nanny - an eccentric hitch-hiker who attempts to boost the girls' confidence in a number of bizarre ways. Comedy, starring Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia and Liev Schreiber.

Cast and crew

Cast

Shaz
Toni Collette
Trevor Blundell
Liev Schreiber
Barry Moochmore
Anthony LaPaglia
Shirley Moochmore
Rebecca Gibney
Nancy
Kerry Fox
Doris
Caroline Goodall
Sandra
Deborah Mailman
Coral Moochmore
Lily Sullivan
Jane Moochmore
Bethany Whitmore
Trout
Sam Clark

Crew

Director
P J Hogan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Swearing, drug abuse, brief nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Nov 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy

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