Neglecting Australians as movie producers is not good at all. There is a bunch of native Australians actors who are already famous, and I bet not many knows that they are actually Aussies. What is good and what is wrong with them doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re more than talented, they make Australians to be proud without too much fuss.
Let’s take this amazingly wonderful comedy, as quirky as it is, and say that as far as I\m concerned, it’s one of the best comedies I’ve seen lately. They don’t promote the national value, they prove that it existed. They make it with style.
Mental is an exceptional comedy, really under evaluated on imdb. 5.8 is much less than this movie deserves. It’s written and directed by P.J. Hogan, of whom I already have reviewed the 2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic. He did also Peter Pan, in 2003 and Julia Roberts‘ hit, My Best Friend’s Wedding in 1997.
I don’t want to say much of it, it’s a movie to see, not to dissect, it can be a pity to spoil it. It stars Anthony LaPaglia, as a virtually family father who is politically involved in the community life as the city mayor, Liev Schreiber, who is a retired “shark hunter” and has a “shark show” in a sort of an “Aqua Park”, Tony Colette, a “hothead” with a mysterious story I’m not going to divulge and a few more other talents.
It’s more of a comedic psychodrama with a story that only can happen in Australia. At least so it seems, the land is broad, high and near the water. It’s a film about union, family values or the nonexistence of them, the aspiring soul to the better of it, any time any moment.
As I said, a pity, 5.8 out of 10, in less than two thousand votes.
You have the trailer above, I hope it’s not too spoiling. It’s comical, anyway. This is a TEN movie, as any good comedy – psycho – drama. Highly recommended, folks!
The pics are from imdb’s movie page.
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