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Toni Collette reunites with the director of Muriel’s Wedding in this wild and inspiring comedy about being true to yourself. Shaz (Collette) is a larger-than-life free spirit who is hired by a local politician (Anthony LaPaglia) to watch his five peculiar daughters. With her unconventional attitude, Shaz gleefully sets to work transforming the girls into proudly unique individuals. But when a mysterious shark hunter (Liev Schreiber) throws a twist in her plans, it’s up to the girls to change their destiny and find their own happy ending.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Mental is a well-acted black comedy that suffers from jarring tonal shifts and a lack of comic discipline.
The heart of Hogan's film is in the right place, and Collette is masterful as an agent of anarchy.
March 14, 2019
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Common Sense Says
Unstable woman saves dysfunctional family in offbeat comedy.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mental is a dark comedy that focuses on a dysfunctional home with five daughters, an unstable mother, a father who's completely removed himself from the scene, and a kooky drifter/nanny who tries to fix both the family and herself. Several storylines feature mental illness, and it's not quite clear whether the nanny is completely sane. There's a good deal of profanity (including "f--k," "s--t," and more), and several moments when the main character uses violence or threats to make her point. One scene includes naked teens fooling around on a water slide (breasts and bottom are briefly glimpsed), and there are other scenes with suggestive material. A teen girl marries an older woman.
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:March 29, 2013
- Audio Format:5.1
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