What's a man to do when his wife's in the mental asylum and his five daughters are teetering on the edge of insanity? One choice would be to hop in a shuttle and head for Mars or you can take Barry Moochmoore's lead and hire a bong-rippin stranger to play nanny for a few months. Any takers on the shuttle? I'm sure there are a few of you out there that would take the shuttle, but for the review's sake, let's see how Barry's decision turns out.
To start at the beginning, Shirley Moochmoore is a typical mother with a few, shall we say issues, in the upstairs department. She lives in an imaginary world and feels that she should have the perfect children with the perfect home and everyone should like her. Let's be honest for a second though, anyone raising five daughters on their own is bound to experience
some level of distress, if not full blown psychosis! And as far as Mr. Barry is concerned, he is nowhere to be found at the beginning of the story because he's busy preparing for his upcoming election. So with no one to help poor Mrs. Shirley reclaim her sanity, she must cope the best way she knows how.
How does she do it? I'm glad you asked because Shirley goes on a shopping spree that is "So Grand" Paris Hilton would be more than jealous. Enter Mr. Barry. Barry gets wind of this expensive blowout and flies home to find that his wife is completely off her rocker and in need of a serious vacation. Barry gives her one, but not the kind she had in mind. So, now what does Barry do, since his wife is gone and he's starring in the faces of five young women? He goes out and gets the first person he sees to pick up where his wife left off.
Meet Shaz(Toni Collette), a walking embodiment of the middle finger. She has no home training, an unfiltered tongue and an unorthodox insight of the perfect way to instill hope in others. Shaz also has quite a few issues of her own, but I think you'll want to watch the movie to see how many fries are missing from her Happy Meal. To make a long story short, Shaz comes into the Moochmoore home and flips the five girls' minds upside down and does her best to instill jewels that she feels are the keys to life. The real truth of the film kicks in when she realizes just how...
The cast from "Mental" includes a well-known Liev Schreiber(Victor from X-Men Origins), as a determined shark hunter whose character almost parallels "Quint" from a popular 70s film. Also in this movie, you can find Anthony LaPaglia, as Barry Moochmoore, a distant father with more than a briefcase open at his office desk. And last, but not least, Lily Sullivan, as Coral, the oldest of the Moochmoore daughters that is the mouthpiece and second axis point for her family. The other actors and actresses in the film have played in other movies, but these are a few of the more familiar on this side of the ocean.
One standout about "Mental" is that is does not depict mental illness as a handicap, but rather an enlightenment, so to speak. This aspect of the movie was appreciated because so many films tend to make out a manic episode to be traumatic, which they can be, but not all the time. Anyone increasing the world's awareness of mental health is doing a fine job for the most part since believe it or not a large majority still lack insight. Being that I'm someone who has worked in the mental health field for several years, I can say that those who follow psych recommendations can live prosperous lives just like anyone else. Enough about me though, rent this film if you want a laugh at some zany comedy.
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