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Liev Schreiber and Toni Collette Go Mental in Film’s Theatrical Release

Writer-director PJ Hogan’s upcoming comedy-drama, ‘Mental,’ starring Toni Collette, Liev Schreiber and Anthony LaPaglia, is set to open in select theaters and on VOD on Friday, March 29. The film, which was produced by Janet Zucker, Jery Zucker, Todd Fellman and Jocelyn Moorhouse, is told in the filmmaker’s usual colorful, comedic and musical interludes. The comedic story follows the Moochmore girls, who are certain they all suffer from an undiagnosed neurotic mental issue. If they don’t, that means they’re just unpopular.

The mother of the family, Shirley, played by Rebecca Gibney, is unable to cope with her energetic daughters and her philandering politician husband, Barry, portrayed by LaPaglia. Living in the world of ‘The Sound of Music’ allows Shirley to believe she has the ideal family. When her delusions lead Shirley to believe Barry has won ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ she buys a houseful of new furniture.

Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital as a result, but he finds himself alone with five teenage girls he barely knows. In a desperate situation, Barry impulsively picks up Shaz, played by Collette, an eccentric hitchiker, who becomes the girls’ nanny. She transforms their lives with her unconventional beliefs. While she’s hot tempered and charismatic, Shaz proves to be exactly what the Moochmore family needs. However, the family’s happy ending is put to the test with the arrival of shark hunter Trevor Blundell, portrayed by Schreiber.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Liev Schreiber and Toni Collette Go Mental in Film's Theatrical Release

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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