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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.

Director:

P.J. Hogan

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P.J. Hogan
1 win & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Gibney ... Shirley
Hayley Magnus ... Donna
Nicole Freeman ... Leanne
Chelsea Bennett ... Kayleen
Bethany Whitmore ... Jane
Lily Sullivan ... Coral
Holly Buchanan Holly Buchanan ... Coral - 13yo
Malorie O'Neill ... Michelle
Kerry Fox ... Nancy
Sam Clark ... Trout
Amanda Woodhams Amanda Woodhams ... Manda
Natasha Bassett ... Kay
Liev Schreiber ... Trevor
Caroline Goodall ... Doris
Austin Caffin Austin Caffin ... Faceless Figure
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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. Written by Caitlin Rose

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Taglines:

A New Kind of Nanny is Coming to Town.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kaheli See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$750, 5 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,346, 7 April 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Shaz: Do you know the meaning of the word 'conformia'?
[children all nod]
Shaz: Well, I don't. I instinctively do not know it.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sound of Music
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Used by permission of Native Tongue Music Publishing obo Williamson Music, A Division of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company
Produced by Stephen Edwards and Michael Yezerski
Vocal arrangement by Stephen Edwards
Copyist Eric Jasper. Engineer Eric Jasper
Orchestra arrangement by Michael Yezerski
Orchestration - Jessica Wells
Conducted by Brett Kelly
Recorded and Mixed by Christo Curtis
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Hilarious and clever - if you're beige you will hate it
4 October 2012 | by alisondennehySee all my reviews

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.


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