Happy families may all be alike, but in Mental, every crazy family is crazy in its own way. In the opening scene of this outrageous Australian comedy, a plump Mrs. Moochmore re-enacts The Sound of Music while hanging laundry in the garden. This does nothing to quell the paranoia of her five teenage daughters, who all fear for their own sanity. We can hardly blame them: Aunt Doris is infatuated with marionette dolls, and their neighbor compulsively scrubs her driveway with a toothbrush. When the girls’ absent politician father sends Mrs. Moochmore to the loony bin, Shaz (Toni Collette), a hitchhiker dressed like an ’80s hooker, materializes with her psychic pit bull to play babysitter. P.J. Hogan’s autobiographical tribute to suburban madness explodes Australia into a psychotic world with oversaturated colors and over-the-top characters, its extravagance walking a thin line between irritating and enthralling.
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- Release Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
- Critic's Score: C+
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