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Mental (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 March 2013 (USA)
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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.

Director:

P.J. Hogan

Writer:

P.J. Hogan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Gibney ... Shirley
Hayley Magnus ... Donna
Nicole Freeman Nicole Freeman ... Leanne
Chelsea Bennett ... Kayleen
Bethany Whitmore ... Jane
Lily Sullivan ... Coral
Holly Buchanan Holly Buchanan ... Coral - 13yo
Malorie O'Neill ... Michelle
Kerry Fox ... Nancy
Sam Clark ... Trout
Amanda Woodhams Amanda Woodhams ... Manda
Natasha Bassett ... Kay
Liev Schreiber ... Trevor
Caroline Goodall ... Doris
Austin Caffin Austin Caffin ... Faceless Figure
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Storyline

The Moochmore girls are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness - because if they're not crazy then they're just unpopular. Their mother Shirley - unable to cope with her demanding daughters and unsupported by her philandering politician husband, Barry - suffers a nervous breakdown. After Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital (telling his constituents that "she's on holiday") he finds himself alone with 5 teenage girls he barely knows. Desperate, he impulsively picks up a hitchhiker named Shaz and installs her in his home as nanny to his daughters. Written by Caitlin Rose

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Taglines:

A New Kind of Nanny is Coming to Town.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,804, 31 March 2013

Gross USA:

$17,669

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,595,650
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rebecca Gibney put on 20 kilograms for the role and was in danger of becoming insulin resistant and pre-diabetic. "I was one step away from diabetes so if I had put on more weight I would get diabetes. So I stopped and we decided to employ the use of a fat suit.'' Gibney stopped her aggressive eating habits following the health scare but she didn't immediately trim down. She maintained her overweight figure for as long as she could during the shooting of the feature movie without further putting her health in jeopardy. "The double chin is all mine,'' Gibney joked. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Moochmore sits down to the dinner the girls made, the first item from the food dishes he is offered is a piece of bread, which he places on his plate. He then starts to reach for the spoon in the bowl of peas. In the next shot, the bread is gone from his plate, and in its place is a half a cob of corn. He is shown again reaching for the spoon in the peas, yet there is already a small pile of peas on his plate, and the bread is being held out to be offered once more. See more »

Quotes

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 ...
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25 October 2012 | by pkcloseSee all my reviews

Why is this movie not being raved about?funny, sad, outrageous- it's got it all. One of the best movies of the year. From the director of Muriel's Wedding, many years later, this is another quirky triumph.Toni Collete is wonderful. All of the younger girls are wonderful. Rebecca Gibney is almost unrecognizable with the fat suit on! Mental illnesses of all different sorts are touched on and this difficult subject is approached full on. Many potentially touchy subjects are dealt with with compassion and humour. A bonus for Queensland residents are the local scenes. I read that this is somewhat of an auto-biography of P.J Hogan, the director. Go and see this movie- you won't be disappointed.


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