THE WORST MOVIE OF 2012Nov 6th, 2012 | By Andrew Mercado | Category: Featured, Movies
There are some amazing movies on right now that I really should see. There’s KILLING THEM SOFTLY starring Brad Pitt from the Aussie director of CHOPPER, Andrew Dominik. There’s LAWLESS starring Guy Pearce from the Aussie director, John Hillcoat. There’s THE SESSIONS starring Helen Hunt from the Aussie director Ben lewin. But no, instead I chose to go see MENTAL starring Toni Collette (pictured) from the Aussie director P. J. Hogan.
The only reason I went to see the film was because of Herald Sun movie reviewer Leigh Paatsch who wrote that even if someone paid him $100 as he walked out the cinema door, it wouldn’t make up for the pain and suffering he had just been through. Now that, I thought, is a disaster that needs to be seen on a big screen. What I was unprepared for, however, was the disturbing way in which P. J. Hogan trashed his own movie MURIEL’S WEDDING but making MENTAL a sequel of sorts. Like MURIEL, it’s filmed on the Gold Coast but this time it’s set in Dolphin Heads instead of Porpoise Spit. Once again, there is a politician cheating on his wife and ignoring his children. THE SOUND OF MUSIC replaces Abba as the pop culture reference but even WELCOME TO WOOP WOOP used this touchstone (and other Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals) so much better.
In short, the film is horribly unfunny and does indeed end with Toni Collette lighting her own fart. Liev Schreiber plays an unfunny Steve Irwin type character. Rebecca Gibney plays a fat wife. Anthony La Paglia plays the sleazy politician. Deborah Mailman plays a psych patient. And a bunch of kid actors have no reason to shine. But it’s Kerry Fox, she of CLOUDSTREET fame, who gives a career worst performance as a totally unbelievable housewife who cleans her driveway with a toothbrush. In one (memorable for all the wrong reasons) scene, the neighbouors came round to mentruate on her white couch. Yep, it’s that kind of movie.