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Set in the fictional town of Dolphin Heads, MENTAL is written and directed by PJ Hogan and produced by Jerry Zucker, Janet Zucker, Todd Fellman and Jocelyn Moorhouse. The comedy stars Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine, About A Boy, The Sixth Sense), Liev Schreiber (Salt, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace, Balibo), Rebecca Gibney (Packed to the Rafters), Kerry Fox (Cloudstreet, Bright Star), Caroline Goodall (Dorian Gray) Deborah Mailman (Offspring, Bran Nue Dae), and Sam Clark (Neighbours). (c) Dada Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The heart of Hogan's film is in the right place, and Collette is masterful as an agent of anarchy."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
""Mental" wildly overplays the kookiness and quirk."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The humour is every bit as rude and raucous as before, but Hogan's touch here seems heavy handed and the use of songs from The Sound of Music doesn't work nearly so well as the joyous Abba tunes that drove Muriel's Wedding."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Enjoyable performances can't compensate for the film's lack of control: in Hogan's hands the broad humor sells out the sincerity, and when that mark is missed, we end up at twee."
‑ Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"A kooky comedy in which a spirited cast is almost suffocated by too-aggressive direction."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"The scenery Down Under looks great and you certainly can't write off a film where Liev Schreiber plays a shark hunter."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A lot of times, you simply want the jabbering characters to shut up."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"There are some big laughs and fine performances, yet not enough realistic grounding in the characters or story to sustain its dramatic transition in the second half."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Not content to make his point through sharp-tongued comedy, Hogan ends up beating a dead horse -- or shark, as the case may be."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"If one wants to see Toni Collette light a fart on fire, well, this misguided reunion with her Muriel's Wedding director may be the only chance they get."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based "Mental" on an actual incident from his childhood, but the crazy quilt of a movie that resulted feels anything but real."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Mental skewers the easy-on and -off labels of psychiatry, but some sequences, particularly one of "bad dreams," are sophomoric."
‑ Marsha McCreadie, Village Voice
"Given the film's garrulous multitude of characters, one wishes they would all just shut up and sing."
‑ Tina Hassannia, Slant Magazine
"Hilarious but a tonal bucking bronco, the effort is perhaps best reserved for viewers in the mood for a runaway mine cart viewing experience, willing to absorb all the chaos Hogan happily provides."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"It's a bewilderingly strange movie, the kind of thing that one might write off as being lost in translation from its Australian origin before realizing it wasn't that funny there either."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
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