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  • Summary: The Moochmore girls are certain they suffer from some kind of undiagnosed neurotic mental issue because if they're not crazy then they're just unpopular. Unable to cope with her peculiar daughters and Barry, her unsupportive, philandering politician husband, Shirley lives in the fantastical world of The Sound of Music. When her delusions become too much to bear, Barry commits Shirley to a mental hospital and finds himself alone with five teenage girls he barely knows. Desperate, he impulsively picks up an eccentric hitchhiker named Shaz who becomes the girls' nanny and transforms their lives with her unconventional beliefs. [Dada Films] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Oliver Pfeiffer
    Mar 22, 2013
    80
    Packed with fine performances, this attack on suburban conformity is surprising, darkly hilarious and cleverly leaves the insanity judgement to its audience.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 22, 2013
    63
    Not every cute movie about the mentally ill is Oscar worthy, but this touching and riotous one from Down Under works well enough.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 22, 2013
    60
    It's always a pleasure to see Collette, a performer who always cranks up the energy, and yet here, as so often, she gives the impression of a ferocious screen intelligence somehow not being used to the full.
  4. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Mar 28, 2013
    50
    Mental skewers the easy-on and -off labels of psychiatry, but some sequences, particularly one of "bad dreams," are sophomoric. The movie's real mess-up was to move Shaz into melodrama at the movie's end.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 30, 2013
    40
    The cutesy energy is just too much in this Aussie comedy that’s overly bemused by its quirkiness.
  6. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Mar 28, 2013
    40
    There is a lot of yelling and emoting and it all gets strident very quickly — as in, the first 10 minutes. Hogan keeps everything self-consciously quirky, with lots of bright primary colors all over the place, but it feels like wild overkill.
  7. Reviewed by: Tina Hassannia
    Mar 29, 2013
    12
    Given the film's garrulous multitude of characters, one wishes they would all just shut up and sing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 26, 2013
    10
    Oh, it's funny and absurd and creative all right! P.J direction tells me that movies don't have to be perfect, they have their own identity in indie filmmaking. Seriously, I thought this movie was going to suck but truly from my heart- I have space for P.J as a great director. The story, its metallic and full of emotion and comedy. Mental is a super funny ride that needs to be seen again and again. Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2013
    8
    Hysterical. Interesting. Creative. Loved this movie. Loved the filmmaking, the characters, the art direction and design, the story was whacky, and, the acting was superb. Aussie's make the best movies. Expand
  3. Mar 31, 2013
    5
    There's a family of 5 crazy girls…at least the girls think so. After their mom is sent away, dad hires a weirdo (Toni Collette) to watch them. Of course, she does lots more. This film desperately tries to be quirky and there's lots of energy propelling it in that direction. However, it just turns out to be frantic and misguided. When things gets serious in the last 30 minutes, it becomes a bit more compelling. Still, it's simply trying too hard to be cute and charming. Collapse

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