A housewife who lives in a fantasy world of her favorite musical and her five daughters (all of whom are convinced they suffer from some type of mental disorder) are the social outcasts of their suburban Australian neighbor. When the mother is sent to a mental institution after the most entertaining nervous breakdown I have ever seen in a movie, the daughters are put in the care of a complete stranger by their politician father.
I almost did not put a summary to this movie because I did not feel I could do it justice, especially for how much I REALLY like this movie.
Before I get started on my gushing of this film I also want to basically blurt out that I got to see this film before it was released here in the States (Suck on that Hollywood!). This movie is also what I will compare other upcoming Australian comedy films to, so it better be just as funny or funnier than this film in order to keep my attention.
In case you haven’t figured it out I think this movie is awesome!
I immediately recognized Toni Collette from her previous role in the film “Little Miss Sunshine”. I will admit, I never knew she was an Australian actress. Same goes for Anthony LePaglia whom I recognized from the show here in the States “Without A Trace”. The really weird part was watching Liev Schreiber (an American actor) put on an Australian accent. I still thought it was all cool nonetheless.
My favorite moments throughout the movie were definitely the musical opening of the film, the scene where Collette’s character helps the five daughters who think they have mental issues get even with the two bitches at the donut shop (EASILY MY FAVORITE SCENE HANDS DOWN!!!), when they kidnap the aunt’s collection of porcelain dolls, when they invade the neighbor’s house with the strange woman’s best friend, and the final scene which you definitely need to see for yourself. I especially loved the donut shop scene and the final scene.
Oh! I also liked watching that blonde kid get tazed and smashes his guitar. Although I will admit that the character’s convictions and actions are a bit confusing at the beginning when he is throwing himself on top and all over the one daughter and then later in the movie she ends up with him and he somehow respects her. I think the reason it is confusing is because it seemed like it was rather instantaneous than delved upon or fleshed out through the storyline, or maybe I’m confused (it happens).
My description of Toni Collette’s character, Shaz, would be if Mary Poppins were to happen to go into a bar, get really drunk, meet a sailor, and gave birth to a child who would grow up to take over her mother’s job while integrating her father’s mannerisms, cursing included.
One thing I can definitely say is this movie does make it easy to relate to the characters from the youngest to the oldest, regardless of whether or not they are girls/females. Especially when the film reveals why they are either behaving or have come to acting in a certain manner because of how something affected them, and it doesn’t it flawless but without completely losing the viewer. Aside from the one particular scene (the neighbor invasion scene) that only females can relate to. I could definitely give a huge hug to the mother, and the black haired daughter.
This movie also revolves around “The Sound of Music”, which becomes rather obvious in the first five minutes of the film, but what is nice is it doesn’t encompass or take over the entire movie, it is used to add to the comedy of the film. Which is funny when your think about it; a comedy film with cursing/swearing, some rather grim issues, paired with something that has a rather squeaky clean image. But it actually works really well together.
Just curious, why didn’t they use AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” for the ending sequence? That totally would have fit in every way possible. If you do not know what I am talking about run (don’t walk), get a copy of this movie and see it for yourself.
Go ahead! I’ve got time.
I’ll be right here when you get back, you might want to select the beginning of the next paragraph so you won’t lose your place.
I will admit that I cannot get enough of “Mental”. I have seen it about nine or ten times, and it gets better with each viewing. It is also one of those movies if I start it I have to watch it all of the way through, I cannot just stop and come back to it. If I have to stop the film for any reason I restart it from the complete beginning.
I also have another confession to make; before watching this film I had never seen “The Sound of Music”. I have heard and have been familiar with the songs from the musical/movie, but never really sat down to give it a view. I am still debating if I will write a post about it.
“Mental” is definitely one of my favorite comedy films, and I hold it in a very high regard. I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it, cannot get enough of it.