Mental Tuesday, 07 July 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and themes.

  • The pitch:


  • 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)


    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.


    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).


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


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

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