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Mental

comedy, drama


A new comedy from the director and star of Muriel's Wedding; a family in need is taken over by a renegade nanny with a style all her own.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    40%
  • Audience Score
    55%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Unstable woman saves dysfunctional family in offbeat comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mental is a dark comedy that focuses on a dysfunctional home with five daughters, an unstable mother, a father who's completely removed himself from the scene, and a kooky drifter/nanny who tries to fix both the family and herself. Several storylines feature mental illness, and it's not quite clear whether the nanny is completely sane. There's a good deal of profanity (including "f--k," "s--t," and more), and several moments when the main character uses violence or threats to make her point. One scene includes naked teens fooling around on a water slide (breasts and bottom are briefly glimpsed), and there are other scenes with suggestive material. A teen girl marries an older woman.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what Mental is trying to say about who's labeled mentally ill vs. who's considered normal. Is Shaz insane or just willing to ignore social conventions?
  • Why is the Moochmore family so broken? Why does the father refuse to come home? How have his actions damaged his wife and daughters? Which of them, if any, are actually mentally ill?
  • Who do you think Mental is intended to appeal to? Does it succeed? Do you consider it a dark comedy, a drama, or a mix of both?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    40%
    reviews counted: 10
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  • Audience

    55%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Wrong is wrong. And 'Mental' gets it wrong in too many ways.

- Cath Clarke, Time Out, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rotten: 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.

- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, March 28, 2013

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

- Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Friday, March 29, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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.

- romy861, Monday, April 1, 2013

4 stars

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.

- romy861, Monday, April 1, 2013

3 stars

The family is mental and their adventures are mental, but it is a very entertaining story all the way to the very happy ending.

- Hamee, Friday, July 12, 2013