Mini Review – Mental


Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson

The pig-headed mayor of a small coastal town, Porpoise Spit Dolphin Heads, has a downtrodden wife (Rebecca Gibney in a fat suit) who’s off with the fairies, plus five inconvenient daughters. So when the missus is obliged to undergo some residential therapy, he offers a total stranger, Shaz (Toni Collette) a job as their nanny.

The eldest girl apparently tried to kill herself a couple of years back and one of the younger ones is schizophrenic, but the feisty Shaz sets about improving the daughters’ and wife’s self-esteem, despite being distinctly unhinged herself.

This is a bit unconvincing and try-hard, and it doesn’t do much to advance the cause of mental health, but there are some laughs and Liev Schreiber’s Aussie accent is very impressive.



Released October 4, 2012

Jonathan Empson’s TV script Chrome was nominated for an AWGIE in 2010.

His recently completed historical drama-comedy feature Leonardo’s War is in circulation, and his black comedy-thriller Get Out of Here has been optioned.

He is represented by Rick Raftos Management.

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