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Mental Reviews

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Super Reviewer
August 12, 2013
I think that the people that wrote, and produced this movie, are mental....really dumb movie.
Super Reviewer
April 1, 2013
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.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ June 23, 2015
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.
½ July 12, 2013
The family is mental and their adventures are mental, but it is a very entertaining story all the way to the very happy ending.
January 7, 2016
Despite the likable children, Mental is a disappointing family affair with an uneven script and a misplaced Australian heart.
½ October 4, 2015
The plot is a bit hard to follow but in tune with the "crazy" nature of this bittersweet flick. Liev shines in his role, but wish he had a larger part.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ June 23, 2015
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.
November 19, 2012
Interestingly...'mental'.
½ October 17, 2014
I thought this was one of the funniest and most compassionate takes on mental illness. I loved the scenes in the psych ward - not many films have scenes IN those wards. A well rounded, hilarious take on 'normality'!.
½ June 7, 2014
This is something of a patchwork quilt. The story barely makes sense and often dives off on tangents which are left to taper off. Still, it's worth a watch and has some good performances.
November 26, 2012
This is an entertaining and hilarious film and despite the reviews of it not being as good as Muriel's Wedding it is still a great Aussie film with lots of character.
½ December 27, 2013
What in the hell was this mess?
December 19, 2013
3/5 Nanny McPhee on drugs...seriously. It is almost like they were trying to make an anti-hollywood family movie, but then had to use hollywood cliches in the end. Still worth a watch.
November 10, 2013
Really funny black comedy as funny as Muriels wedding or better!!
October 29, 2013
Great performances in this over the top comedy that dares to be different. A good Mental movie.
October 3, 2013
if you don't like this film you're mental. For all the conforming drones out there don't bother, it's taking the piss out of YOU, for anyone who realises how crazy everyone else seems, best film I've seen in ages.
September 22, 2013
The greatest crime a film can commit: make no f*cking sense. But this disaster is a unfocused, schizophrenic bundle of frayed narratives NONE of which fit together or make much sense.
March 29, 2013
Between a 5/10 and 6/10, There are some big laughs and fine performances, yet not enough realistic grounding in the characters or story to sustain its dramatic transition in the second half.
½ June 11, 2013
Brilliant, feel-good movie about insanity. Loved it!
½ June 8, 2013
I like Liev Schreiber and Toni Collette. This movie made me roll in certain parts. It is typical Australian Humor and anything goes and you never know what to expect. A totally twisted comedy...
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