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Mental: Directed by P.J. Hogan. With Rebecca Gibney, Hayley Magnus, Nicole Freeman, Chelsea Bennett. 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.

“Iu0026#39;am such a fan of Murielu0026#39;s Wedding. I consider it the complete coming of age comedy, not only for Muriel herself but for Australian Comic Cinema as well. P.J Hogan provided us with a gem.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhile watching Mental I couldnu0026#39;t help but wonder if P.J. was just trying to revisit the wondrous experience of 15 years ago and expecting it to be just a exhilarating. So much of the colour and strangeness of characters were evident. He must have been disappointed.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSadley Mental falls well short of Murielu0026#39;s. So far short that I didnu0026#39;t even have to rake the long jump pit. There were no foot marks.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIt is not that the characters donu0026#39;t bring something to the film, most of the cast is terrific, it is the muddled plot and complicatedness of the character interactions which causes most disappointment.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eToni Collette (Shaz) tries hard to bring Mental out of itu0026#39;s intoxicated trance but nothing can save this u0026quot;stinkeru0026quot;; not even methane and lighter fluid.”


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