Mental Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Mental

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and themes.

  • The pitch:

    Bonkers.

  • Starring:

    Toni Collette, Rebecca Gibney, Anthony LaPaglia, Liev Schreiber, Lilly Sullivan, Deborah Mailman, Kerry Fox, Malorie O'Neill, Bethany Whitmore, Sophie Lee, Chelsea Bennett, Nicole Freeman, Sam Clark, Amanda Woodhams

  • Directed by:

    PJ Hogan

  • Running time:

    116 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man drowns. Teen suicide attempt (jumping) seen in flashback, date-rape incident discussed. A teen girl hears voices, imagines aliens, wants to kill herself. A man tasers/near-strangles a teenager, a man is tied up. A woman snaps a girl's face in a book, pulls a girl's hair and rubs food in two girl's faces, slaps a girl. A woman threatens a man and a girl with a blade, a man carries a rifle, objects smashed. Punch-up, killing, stalking, hanging oneself, wrist-slitting, throat-cutting, electric-shock therapy mentioned. Kitchen fire, house-fire, bonfire, trashed lounge-room, break-and-enter, stolen property, kids dressed in war-paint, valuables damaged. Yelling. Blood/gore: Shark teeth, photos of captured shark. Dolls with human hair. Blood on forehead. Scarred face. Decapitated head (model). Menstrual blood on clothing, objects.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Teen kissing, groping. Sex pervert, sex on the first date mentioned. Infidelity. Nudity: Swimwear, skimpy clothing, cleavage. A girl sits with her legs open showing her undies. Teen male-bum. Girl in bra. Nude teenagers (genitals seen).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A woman smokes marijuana from a bong in front of children. Bag of marijuana, drug paraphernalia. Clozapine tablets. Drug addict daughter, Prozac mentioned. Alcohol (beer), drunken behaviour. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Frequent c-words, frequent f-words, s-words, b*tch, p*ss, sl*t, d*ckhead. Name-calling, bullying. Gender, cultural, ethnic, racial, homosexual, mental illness stereotypes. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Mental illness, OCD, conformity, insecurity, politics, family, madness, teenage angst, sisters, rudeness, The Sound of Music, bad parenting, election campaigning, disappointed parents, lesbianism, doll-collecting.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Estranged, absent husband/father, marriage separation. Drowned daughter mentioned. Children believe their father hates them. Asylum setting. Bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, hearing voices, sociopathy, borderline personality disorder, nervous breakdown, sadistic personality disorder mentioned. A woman lights a fart. Dog, dog attack, sharks, fish, stingrays, taxidermy shark. Roast chicken, seafood eaten. Sky-high cinematography. Semi-autobiographical.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Touching, riotous, brave, exhilarating, mad, funny. Fine performances, especially from newcomer Lily Sullivan.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Devolves into insanity. Uncomfortable stereotypes, too quirky, too profane, hackneyed premise. Offensive, tedious, farcical, messy, superficial.

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