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Mental (2013)



Critic Consensus: Mental is a well-acted black comedy that suffers from jarring tonal shifts and a lack of comic discipline.

Movie Info

Set in the fictional town of Dolphin Heads, MENTAL is written and directed by PJ Hogan and produced by Jerry Zucker, Janet Zucker, Todd Fellman and Jocelyn Moorhouse. The comedy stars Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine, About A Boy, The Sixth Sense), Liev Schreiber (Salt, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace, Balibo), Rebecca Gibney (Packed to the Rafters), Kerry Fox (Cloudstreet, Bright Star), Caroline Goodall (Dorian Gray) Deborah Mailman (Offspring, Bran Nue Dae), and Sam Clark (Neighbours). (c) Dada Filmsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: P.J. Hogan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2013
Dada Films - Official Site


Lily Sullivan
as Coral Moochmore
Liev Schreiber
as Trevor Blundell
Anthony LaPaglia
as Barry Moochmore
Rebecca Gibney
as Shirley Moochmore
Kerry Fox
as Nancy
Sam Clark
as Trout
Malorie O'Neill
as Michelle Moochmore
Nicole Freeman
as Leanne Moochmore
Chelsea Bennett
as Kayleen Moochmore
Bethany Whitmore
as Jane Moochmore
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Critic Reviews for Mental

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (10)

The heart of Hogan's film is in the right place, and Collette is masterful as an agent of anarchy.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The scenery Down Under looks great and you certainly can't write off a film where Liev Schreiber plays a shark hunter.

Full Review… | March 29, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based "Mental" on an actual incident from his childhood, but the crazy quilt of a movie that resulted feels anything but real.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Mental" wildly overplays the kookiness and quirk.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

A lot of times, you simply want the jabbering characters to shut up.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Mental skewers the easy-on and -off labels of psychiatry, but some sequences, particularly one of "bad dreams," are sophomoric.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mental

I think that the people that wrote, and produced this movie, are mental....really dumb movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Nice movie, really enjoyed it. Toni Colette was a little over the top, but I loved the teenage cast - especially Lilly Sullivan as Coral. The relationship between her and Trout I thought played really nicely. Good moral to the story which normalizes the little quirks and hang ups most of us have.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


In "Mental," Nancy(Kerry Fox) may enjoy singing show tunes in her backyard, but that does not mean her neighbors share her love for "The Sound of Music." Even though Nancy's husband Barry(Anthony LaPaglia), the local mayor, is not really at home that often due to having sex with his secretarial staff, he can still sense something is wrong there and that Nancy needs help taking care of their five kids, just as long as it's not him. So, he picks up Shaz(Toni Collette) by the side of the road, taking her home with him.

"Mental" gets off to a great start and then makes a very valid point about Nancy not being the crazy one in the neighborhood. And after those very promising five minutes, the movie decides it has nowhere to go from there, becoming a mess of conflicting thoughts for the rest of its ample running time, albeit a very colorful one with a neat primary cast that is really helpless to fight the tide.(And, hey that is Liev Schreiber!) So, after it explores Nancy's problems ad nauseam, there is Shaz who aside from being a driving force in the narrative has her own wacky story to tell, resulting in perhaps the low point of Toni Collette's career to date.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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