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Mental (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 March 2013 (USA)
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A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family's life when she becomes the nanny of five girls whose mother has cracked from her husband's political ambitions and his infidelity.

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Donna
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Leanne
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Kayleen
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Coral
Holly Buchanan ...
Coral - 13yo
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Michelle
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Nancy
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Trout
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Manda
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Kay
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Doris
Austin Caffin ...
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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. Written by Caitlin Rose

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Comedy | Drama

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29 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Kaheli  »

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Opening Weekend:

$750 (USA) (5 April 2013)

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$17,346 (USA) (7 April 2013)
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In an interview on Australian television, P.J. Hogan said that Mental is autobiographical, that his own father had his wife committed, hired a hitchhiker to babysit his children - he trusted her because she had a dog - and later found out that she was an escapee. See more »

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When Trevor visits the Moochmores and drinks his beer at the table, the level in the mug changes up and down with each shot. See more »

Quotes

Receptionist: [knocking] Barry! Mayor Moochmore!
Barry Moochmore: [through locked door] I'm in conference!
Receptionist: There's an emergency at home.
Jean: [door opens. A lady sits on the bed, dishevelled, make-up smudged, adjusting her clothing. She points to a painting on the wall] I painted that.
Barry Moochmore: I'm helping Jean widen her access road.
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Featured in Overrated (2015) See more »

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"Surf The Tube'
Written by Sam Clark
Performed by Sam Clark
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Far superior than the nay sayers may let you believe!
4 October 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Went to see this Aussie film from P.J. Hogan today. I have to say I am actually quite flabbergasted that this film has received so many negative reviews? The film follows the exploits of a group of girls, who live with their dysfunctional and mentally disturbed Mother (Gibney), and their non-existent politician father (LaPaglia).

After their mother suffers a breakdown and is sent on "holidays", their father decides to hire Shaz (Toni Collette), to look after the kids while he pursues his political career. She in turn teaches them that life is not all so bad.

People have said this film is essentially a rip-off of P.J. Hogan's breakthrough film Muriel's Wedding. I have not seen Muriel's Wedding in a number of years, and really cannot comment on the comparisons, only my opinion of this film.... And I personally loved it! The film had memorable characters, quirky situations, hilarious scenes, and some truly fantastic acting from all the cast. The stand out for me would have to have been Rebecca Gibney as the crazy mother. Plus Liev Schreiber, totally unrecognizable as a warped Steve Irwin style shark hunter.

While some people may find the humour too crude, or the story too similar to Muriel's Wedding. Everyone else that likes a good Aussie comedy should lap this up! Also if you're from Murwillumbah, and/or surrounding areas, you'll be treated to some familiar sights! :)


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