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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
Los Angeles Times
Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based "Mental" on an actual incident from his childhood, but t...
June 22, 2017
New York Times
"Mental" wildly overplays the kookiness and quirk.
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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