added: Tue, Feb 12th '13
When it was released in 1994, the international blockbuster "Muriel's Wedding" became the launching pad for filmmaker PJ Hogan and his leading star Toni Collette. Now almost two decades later, these two Aussie talents have reunited, creating a new wacky Australian comedy called "Mental," about a dysfunctional family of five teenage sisters whose musical-obsessed mother is thrown into a mental hospital, after showing signs of a nervous breakdown. Collette plays Shaz, a nutty nomad who enters the girls' lives after she's hired, rather impulsively, as the family's nanny. Though extremely unorthodox, she becomes the only person who truly cares about saving the wild clan of sisters from misery, while their mother is away for treatment.
The movie -- also starring Anthony LaPaglia as the uncaring and detached father, and Liev Schreiber as a bearded shark expert with a strong Paul Hogan accent -- will be released in theaters and iTunes/VOD on March 29th. Watch the domestic trailer (above), which has been released online.
The Moochmore girls are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness -- because if they're not crazy then they're just unpopular. Their mother Shirley (Rebecca Gibney), unable to cope with her demanding daughters and unsupported by her philandering politician husband, Barry (Anthony LaPaglia), suffers a nervous breakdown. After Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital (telling his constituents that "she's on holiday") he finds himself alone with 5 teenage girls he barely knows. Desperate, he impulsively picks up a hitchhiker named Shaz (Toni Collette) and installs her in his home as nanny to his daughters.
directed by P.J. Hogan
starring Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia, Liev Schreiber, Rebecca Gibney, Caroline Goodall, Deborah Mailman, Lily Sullivan
release date March 29, 2013 (In Theaters, iTunes/VOD)