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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
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Gibney ... Shirley
Hayley Magnus ... Donna
Nicole Freeman 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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A New Kind of Nanny is Coming to Town.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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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

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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 Mr. Moochmore sits down to the dinner the girls made, the first item from the food dishes he is offered is a piece of bread, which he places on his plate. He then starts to reach for the spoon in the bowl of peas. In the next shot, the bread is gone from his plate, and in its place is a half a cob of corn. He is shown again reaching for the spoon in the peas, yet there is already a small pile of peas on his plate, and the bread is being held out to be offered once more. See more »

Quotes

Shaz: And she's very, very sorry.
Doris: I'm very, very sorry.
Shirley Moochmore: For what?
Shaz: For being a cunt.
[the others gasp]
Shaz: You are a cunt. You are the cuntiest cunt of all time. Admit your cunthood. It's an irrefutable fact, like gravity.
Shirley Moochmore: Oh please don't make her say that.
Shaz: Oh, all right, she's sorry for not being a very good sister.
Shirley Moochmore: I'm sorry too.
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Connections

References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Letter
Written by D. McNulty/ S. Schram/ C. Browne/ H. Fox
(Native Tongue Music Publishing)
Performed by Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes
Licensed courtesy of Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes
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Solid foreign venture

Outside of mad Max I'm not much of an Aussie cinema buff.

Accents can be enough to squash interest for us colonials, but id like to ease concern. The Aussie tongue is thick enough to have you worried in the first ten minutes but not thick enough that you want to give up watching. It's a helpful bonus that most of the actors do an great job, and that always make acclimating to a different tongue much more painless. Certainly a watchable film from the wrong hemisphere.

Also lily Sullivan shines. I was hypnotized by her. She's lovely, yet brilliantly normal, but intriguingly interesting. I spent half the film thinking, wow I can't wait for her to get to Hollywood. And I sincerely mean that. Shes got quite an enjoyable gleam about her.

Enough of the schoolboy crush. The film itself was watchable.nothing bad about it. It had a few high points and some dull gray areas. Nothing wrong with it, just felt like 2 or 3 seriously funny parts would have taken it from 'worth watching' to a 'must watch'

A good little change of pace for an American like myself. I thought it was a well deserved redbox rental.


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