DVD & Blu-ray review: Mental (15)

PJ Hogan DVD/Blu-ray (115mins)

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“Go shopping until you cheer up,” is the unhelpful advice given to Rebecca Gibney's distraught mum, Shirley, in a cake shop.

The plump mother feels neglected by her husband (Anthony LaPaglia's philandering mayor), her five unruly daughters and is partial to Sound of Music outbursts in her suburban garden. When Shirley takes a “holiday”, Toni Collette's mutinous nanny is called in to “fix everything”. PJ Hogan's black comedy starts promisingly before fading into sentimentality and chaos towards the finale.