Mental is almost a demented twin of Murial's Wedding... its even set in a parallel suburb called Dolphin Heads (Murial lived in Porpoise Spit). Director PJ Hogan and Toni Collette have reunited for this quirky, outrageous and heartfelt movie that's based on Hogan's own life experiences. Its the story of a dysfunctional family... the mother is committed to a mental hospital, the father is the mayor who doesn't visit and all daughters are convinced that they're suffering from various mental conditions. The absent father (Anthony LaPaglia) picks up a woman off the streets and pays her to look after the family. It turns out that she's not entirely sane either. This film is bound to divide people but I totally bought into it. The performances here are fantastic with Collette proving yet again that she's one of the best! American actor Liev Schreiber plays an ocker shark hunter and he totally nails the Aussie accent... he really impressed me! But above everyone else, Rebecca Gibney stands as the neglected and abandoned mother. It's a heartbreaking character and Gobney is wonderful... I've never seen her better. The film tackles serious issues humorously and its a delight. The prudish types will definitely be offended by Mental but that's good. Grow up and get over yourselves. LOL. I'm keen to hear more thoughts on this one...