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Mental | 2013 | R | - 5.6.6

Australian film about a woman (Toni Collette) who comes to help a family after their mother (Rebecca Gibney) goes to a psychiatric hospital; however, when she also turns out to be mentally unstable, their family has to band together. Also with Live Schreiber, Anthony LaPaglia and Deborah Mailman. Directed by P.J. Hogan. [1:56]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - We see a teen girl strip down to her one-piece bathing suit as a teen boy strips down to his Speedo-style swim trunks; the teen boy then takes off his swim trunks, throws them at the teen girl and we see her bare breasts as she takes off her suit; the teen boy's bare buttocks are seen also as the two go down a water slide and the boy and the girl are then shown kissing passionately in the swimming pool.
 A teen boy kisses a teen girl passionately, he straddles her and tries to pull down her top (we see her bra and the boy's bare chest and back as he takes off his shirt); we see the boy's upper bare buttocks as he continues to kiss the girl, despite her shouts to stop, and a man approaches the two from behind and stuns the teen boy with a shock bar (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 We see teenagers at a swim park and they are shown wearing bikinis and swim trunks (cleavage, bare chests, abdomens, backs and legs are shown).
 It is implied that a man and a woman were having sex but were interrupted when another woman pounded on the door (we see the woman adjusting her dress and the man looks disheveled; no nudity is visible). A man kisses a woman on the cheek.
 A woman tells another woman that she had been raped by her now-husband on their second date and he impregnated her. During a conversation, we hear a woman warn her teenage daughter to "close her legs" as she sits with another woman. A woman shouts at her teenage daughter as she lifts her leg to show a woman her stretching (we see the teen girl's underwear). A woman warns a man that she knows that he cheats on his wife. A teen girl tells her father that she wants him to stop stepping out on her mother. A teen girl gleefully tells her mother that their next-door neighbor became a lesbian and ran off to Italy to get married to another woman.
 A dog leaps into a woman's crotch as another woman instructs the woman that she could be a lesbian or a sexual pervert; the dog's owner then has the dog attack a massive doll.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man uses a shock bar to stun a teen boy that was trying to force himself on a teen girl; the boy struggles to scream and the man tells him that he has "temporarily paralyzed" him. A man wakes up with his hands and feet tied; he uses a shark tooth to cut the rope as a teen boy attempts to torture him by singing; the man escapes, uses a stun gun to stun the teen boy and we see him lying on the ground as the man smashes the boy's guitar. A man grabs a teen boy and shoves a guitar against his throat, choking him and shouting in his face.
 As a woman drops a taxidermied shark into the ocean, a man helping her becomes tangled in the ropes, he struggles to swim to the surface and the woman jumps in after him, trying to untangle the ropes; we then see both the man and the woman caught underwater and it is implied that the two of them drowned (we later learn that the woman survived).
 A man aims a gun at a woman as several teenagers and another woman watch: the woman encourages the man to shoot her and he shoots and misses her but hits a massive shark tank behind her, embalming fluid pours from the tank and we see the man and two women pull a taxidermied shark from the tank and plop it in the ocean. We see a man holding a gun in a building and a woman hides in the dark holding a gun; the man says, "I warned you, this time I'd kill you" and we see the man point his gun at an empty space, as the woman continues to hide.
 A woman slams a book closed on a young woman's nose, and grabs the young woman's head and slams it into a table, forcing her to eat a donut; she pulls the young woman up, grabs another young woman, wraps her ponytail around both young women's throats and shoves them against the table, force-feeding them donuts while several girls watch and laugh. A teen girl shouts at a woman, saying that the woman's daughter was a drug addict who died; the woman shouts at the girl while holding a knife against her throat as she shouts that her daughter was eaten by a shark and the girl explains to her sisters in the backseat of the car that the woman tried to track down her ex-husband, who has a restraining order against her, because she tried to steal a giant taxidermied shark. A woman bullies a teen girl into crying and the girl breaks down and weeps.
 A woman wakes a man by waving a knife over his face; the woman tells the man that he abuses his children and he shouts that he does not raise a hand to them; the woman explains that he is mentally abusive to his children and emotionally unavailable to his wife because he cheats on her. A man shoves a woman off a desk and she shouts. A woman shoves a plaque at a man's chest. A teen girl shoves her younger sister off her chair. A woman struggles to close a door as another woman leans against it.
 A pre-teen girl is scared when a dog barks and growls at her and a woman tells the girl that the dog "kills for love." A dog barks aggressively at a pre-teen girl as she tries to cook and we see flames rise from the pot; the dog appears to attack the teen girl (we only hear the shouts and see a woman watching and doing nothing) and we later see her unharmed and friendly with the dog.
 A woman tells a teen girl that she had previously pulled out a knife and threatened a man with it after he had advised her that she only had a few months to live. A pre-teen girl threatens her older teenager sister, saying that she had seen a woman carrying a knife and we later see the woman twirling a knife around. A woman tells several teen and pre-teen girls that she would "cut" someone that had spoken poorly of her. A woman warns several teen and pre-teen girls that groups of doctors are searching for her to study her brain (she appears slightly disturbed). A young man makes a series of nasty remarks about several girls' mother, including insulting her weight.
 A man driving a car crashes into a piece of furniture blocking a driveway, and he hits his head on the steering wheel of the car, knocking himself unconscious; we see him wake up later with a welt on his forehead.
 A woman screams in horror as two other women and several teen girls sit on her white furniture, we hear one of the two women imply that she and the teenagers had all gotten their menstrual cycles at the same time (one of the pre-teen girls stands up and a red stain is seen on the white sofa) and the woman screams, tries to shove the guests from her house and we see stains all over her sofa; we later see the woman throwing an ottoman into a large bonfire, which appears to be burning all of her furniture. A woman acts horrified when she discovers a family of teen girls and two women in her living room. A teen girl asks a man (over the phone) if a taxidermied shark had actually killed a man, she panics and shouts at the man, refusing to look inside the shark to confirm if the shark had eaten a man and she screams and falls backwards in terror as she shines a light into the mouth of the shark and sees a mask (it is meant to scare people); we later see a teen boy do the exact same thing, including falling backwards on top of a teen girl. A woman screams and cries loudly in the middle of a crowded restaurant and she pounds on a table as another woman tries to help her. A woman screams in horror as she is pinned to the ground by the police then handcuffed and dragged into the back of a police car. On multiple occasions we see a teen girl scream with a start when people open her bedroom door; she screams in panic when she is awakened from sleep by her mother and we see a nightmare with three odd-looking men approaching her while chanting. A woman screams silently as she sees two large dolls being dragged out of her house and one of the dolls is seen face-down on the ground.
 A man runs up a set of stairs in a panic after a woman tells him that there has been a death in his family and he finds all of his children unharmed.
 A woman is passing gas in the direction of a doll and it lights on fire; we see the fire consume the doll and nearby curtains as we hear a woman screaming in panic as the offending woman runs away. A woman purposefully drives over a man's trashcans and she and several children in the car laugh as the man shouts and chases them. A woman and several teen girls in a car throw porcelain dolls onto the ground shattering them and the girls laugh gleefully. A woman backing up in her car knocks over two garbage cans and acts panicked when she gets out of the car and tries to straighten the garbage cans.
 As several teenage and pre-teen girls (all sisters) look through a woman's bag, they find a gun and one of the teen girls is upset, but a pre-teen girl says it is fake.
 Several teen girls (including pre-teen girls) shout at their father angrily; the man shouts back at the teen girl leading the shouting, saying that his father would have "thrashed the living daylights" out of the man. A woman shouts at her teenage daughter as she lifts her leg to stretch at another woman's command. A teen girl reads aloud a test about depression, she repeats a story where she had attempted suicide by leaping from a porch and landed on her father's car as he drove past (we see the legs of a teen girl moving through the air and then landing on the roof of a car and we see a large bump on the ceiling of the car hitting a man on the head).
 A teen girl tells a man that she had attempted suicide by jumping off a patio. A table of teen girls jump with surprise when a man shouts, and he then makes a series of remarks about how a woman (their mentor) might have tried to slit her wrists, hang herself in the bathroom and how his life would be better if the woman died. A man stares at a teen girl and implies that he knows a story about how the teen girl had attempted suicide by throwing herself off a patio. A man shouts that he thinks a woman is going to kill him as the woman makes him confront his teenage daughter, who is hiding in a shed and the man shouts at the woman, saying he is going to speak to her about being scared. As a group of children shout at their father, and the man shouts and pounds on the table; he tells his children he will not allow them to become mental patients. A woman tells another woman that their teenage next-door-neighbor had eloped, causing her mother to have a nervous breakdown and have to be committed to a mental institute. Two girls tease their older sister, saying that their friend's mother believes aliens are following her. A woman complains to her daughters, of varying ages, that people stare at them because they think they're crazy. A teen girl shouts at her younger sisters that she has mental illnesses, including being suicidal. A teen girl tells a woman a story of several girls and their mother bursting through the side of an above ground swimming pool and falling onto the ground.
 A teen girl stumbles as she tries to climb a mountain; she becomes dejected, but is rallied by a woman shouting at her.


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 16 F-words and its derivatives, 3 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 9 derogatory references to homosexuals, name-calling (racists, ugly and abnormal, way more mental than you, freak, vicious murdering thugs, filthy pigs, disgrace, absolutely disgrace, a nasty gossiping b****, aboriginal encampment, good for nothing lay bouts, pigs, paranoids and schizoids, old with weird scars, med-order, loonies, sociopaths, nasty gossip, mental, Mrs. Moo, ugly, awkward and unpopular, they're crazy and we're not, insane, mad b****, stupid and the lonely), exclamations (bloody, shut up), 6 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman smokes a water bong of marijuana. A man drinks a large mug of beer for breakfast, a man attempts to drink a beer, and men and women are seen drinking alcohol in an office. A woman smokes cigarettes throughout the movie.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Nervous breakdowns, mental instability, standing up for yourself, mental hospitals, self-esteem, running for office, death of a child, enduring love, acceptance, The Sound of Music, family bonding.

MESSAGE - Family bonds are very important.

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