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Critic Reviews for Mental
The heart of Hogan's film is in the right place, and Collette is masterful as an agent of anarchy.
The scenery Down Under looks great and you certainly can't write off a film where Liev Schreiber plays a shark hunter.
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.
Audience Reviews for Mental
I think that the people that wrote, and produced this movie, are mental....really dumb movie.
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.
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.
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