Mental

Mental

Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family's life when she becomes the nanny of five girls whose mother has cracked from her husband's political ambitions and his infidelity.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Studios Home Entertainment ; [Canada] : Universal Studios, Canada, [2013]
Edition: Blu-ray
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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mudskipper
Feb 15, 2016

This was a slow story in the beginning. I almost turned it off, but found the main character to be engaging enough to keep watching. I'm glad I did, it turned out to be a really enjoyable movie.

AMILLERGIRL May 30, 2014

i could not find a funny movie and so i whatched this while i cleaned my house it had some funny moments.

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jimg2000
Feb 12, 2014

Goes to show that a good original script goes a long way in making a decent low budget film.

JAMESG Feb 06, 2014

Australians must have a different sense of humour from us, that I don't care for!

I just saw a portion of the film, but thought it made fun of people with mental illnesses.

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RoseMacKenzie
Jan 05, 2014

I really liked the way they pointed out that everyone is slight off plum and that is what makes us special. I have met a few Aussies and they have a great unpretentious sense of self.

kevfarley Nov 12, 2013

Unconventional !! At first it seemed to be just some politically incorrect slapstick put-down of the mentally ill. But it very soon broadened, deepened,.. and lightened. The film continued to draw me into itself, in a good way ! Well worth the rollercoaster ride.
(P.S. Do Austrailians have a different sense of humor than us ?)

LaughingOne Oct 27, 2013

Definitely weird yet strangely compelling. One family is singled out as being not normal, but truly there were no "normal" people in the whole movie. Toni Collette did a great job.

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Daylight62
Sep 22, 2013

Hmmm...this movie was just weird and over-the-top.

mmg2681 Sep 16, 2013

Quirky but enjoyably. Odd, but then again, the movie is about people who are not exactly in their right minds. I had a few laugh out loud moments throughout - maybe because I can relate! :-)

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jimg2000
Feb 12, 2014

Shaz: America, Europe, Asia, and all the way down here is Australia. Alone. Isolated. Ever wonder why? Why we're down here?

Jane Moochmore: Well, we were a penal colony.

Shaz: That's the cover story, yeah, but historically where have they always sent the loonies? As far away as possible. You can't get any further away than Australia. We weren't a penal colony, we was a lunatic asylum. Our ancestors were loonies and this is the result. Have a look around. There's no such thing as normal, there's just different shades of mental. Your totally mental are in the lunatic asylums. The rest of them:

[indicates other diners in the cafe]

Shaz: the delusionals, the borderlines, compulsives, paranoid, schizoid make up Australia as we know it. We're nothing but a living experiment in madness under constant observation by the psychiatric community of the world.

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jimg2000
Feb 12, 2014

Shaz: I'll show ya the meaning of the word 'mental'. Page 354.

Coral Moochmore: [reads] 'Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.'

Shaz: [points to neighbour scrubbing her garbage bins] Yeah that's her.

Coral Moochmore: 'Stubborn, stingy, possessive, uncreative and unimaginative, directed to meaningless activities that require being tidy and meticulous.' It is her.

Shaz: Yeah, they're all in there, the 'ole neighbourhood. There's that delusional over there. He mowed the same strip of grass yesterd'y. He can't help himself.

[runs over two garbage bins and is chased down the street by a neighbour]

Shaz: Look, look, look at him, look. Upset the delicate balance of their fantasy world, they go nuts.

Coral Moochmore: But they can't all be mental.

Jane Moochmore: What are the odds of that?

Shaz: Weehee. You just stumbled on the meaning of life and ya don't even know it.

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