Muriel's Wedding

7.21 h 45 min1995X-RayR
The music of ABBA fuels this sparkling comedy/drama about two girls who leave their small Australian town - and their outsider status - for the bright lights of Sydney. From the director of My Best Friend's Wedding.
P.J. Hogan
Toni ColletteRachel GriffithsBill Hunter
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Jeanie DrynanGennie NevinsonDavid Van ArkleLapaine TaniaDaniel Lapaine
Lynda HouseJocelyn Moorhouse
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KathleenReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Silly fun
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Love the story and the music
Pamela Ann WalshReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Muriel's Wedding" is the Majority of Girls thinking, when you are NOT the Popular Snob in School, Family or Work
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"Muriel's Wedding" is the Majority of Girls thinking, when you are NOT the Popular Snob in School, Family or Work. Oh, but there is payback for those, who think they are better than everyone else. When you come out behind that shy timid girl and have grown into a beautiful butterfly that attracts men like bears to honey. I was like Muriel when I was 14 and oh the first class reunion, the night clubs that I was the one to know to get into, and the boys, who thought they were too good for me. Payback can be fun and that is just what I did, they asked me to dance and I had a guy far better in looks, manners and personality, so I said, "No thanks I am with someone". To every wall flower and shy timid girl there is a day you will turn into that butterfly and enjoy it, as long as you can. You see you always were someone and now they know it, as well as you do. You are the dancing queen the one, who makes all of them jealous. Be proud of who you have become, because you are a special person and never forget it my friends. Toni Collette, as Muriel the bride was great, she played the girl, who was shy and timid and wants to be like the popular girls, who do not want her hanging around with them. While Muriel goes on a vacation she meets a old high school friend named Rhonda, played by Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter is Muriel's Father Bill a critic of every single person in the family from his wife, to all 6 children and shows how he is having a fling with another woman. The ending is great and the story fits 80% of the women in our world, who have not become that butterfly, who spreads her wings and takes off for better places. Muriel does and finds herself to become the person she was meant to be and tells her father that "NO, I am not going to come back home and take care of your children, you take care of them I am going back to Sydney!" She does so bringing Rhonda with her and that is how the movie ends. It is a Great Comedy, Wonderful singing by Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths doing an ABBA number and dancing to the music as they sing on stage.

Below is the link that every girl and woman should watch on a Friday or Saturday and thank yourselves for finding, who you really are:

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James HillerReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
"You're Terrible Muriel"....
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But fortunately, this movie is far from! An impressive cast, wonderful story, and even more catchy soundtrack will leave you humming for weeks afterwards. Muriel's Wedding is a tour de force of wonderful filmmaking at its best.

Muriel's Wedding tells the tale of Muriel Heslop, an appropriate name for a girl without much of an identity. At the beginning of the movie, Muriel is a put upon girl with a bleak future and an even more bleak present. She attends the wedding of a "friend" of hers in a stolen dress, which sets up Muriel's life as a series of lies she tells to make herself into something. One lie begets another, and soon, Mariel is off to Syndey with new gal pal Rhonda. Muriel struggles to find herself amidst the lies she tells and the real life for which she yearns, thus the story. This film is most unpredictable, and full of wonderful nuanced surprises that totally make sense to the story.

Toni Collette deserves a standing ovation for her performance of Muriel. This was the first movie that I ever saw her in, and who knew the range of talent she possess. Just watch this movie, and then Sixth Sense, The Hours, and Connie and Carla, and see the range she covers. It should only be a matter of time before people realize her immense and total talent. Just watch Toni walking down the aisle as Muriel; her total, goofy joy is palpable... amazing stuff.

Also appearing is the wonderful and solid Rachel Griffiths as her friend Rhonda. Together, they turn in a tour de force performance to help hapless Muriel find herself.

Much must be said for director PJ Hogan's handling of this material. Given to a lesser director, the script may have gotten out of hand with its numerous twists and turns. Hogan trusts his actors and the stories, and allows them to show through. Also, the film is visually brilliant. Muriel's lip sync of the ABBA song in itself is a scene right from another Australian import "Priscilla Queen of the Desert".

Not to mention the music. ABBA songs feature prominently throughout the movie, and actually allow for the story of the movie to progress wonderfully. It has been said that profits from Muriel's Wedding allowed for the creation of another ABBA delight, the musical "Mamma Mia". If that's true, what another wonderful gift from this movie.

It seemed in the 1990's, Australian performed a wonderful trifecta of movies that blew away American audiences: Muriel's Wedding, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Strictly Ballroom. Muriel's Wedding may be the lesser known of the three, but it is equally as strong. If you want a funny, funny movie, with wonderful acting, and a dash of drama thrown in, plan to attend Muriel's Wedding soon!
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DesertRatReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not my definition of "hysterically funny".
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The synopsis is misleading. It claims that it is "Hysterically funny, fresh and brimming with wit, Muriel's Wedding is the comedy hit..", but that is not what I encountered.

The story is a sad and pathetic one of Muriel's abusive and dysfunctional family and "mean girl" social group. It starts with an unemployed Muriel at the wedding of the leader of her group of "friends", where she sees the groom cheating with one of the bridesmaids and is recognized by a store detective, who has her publicly arrested at the reception for stealing the tacky dress she is wearing. The story builds as we are shown her seriously depressed mother, bombastic and abusive father and drooling idiot siblings.

Meeting the wedding group later, she find out that the bride has discovered that the groom cheated on her on before the wedding,( with someone else besides the bridesmaid/friend). The group decides that the bride should take the honeymoon anyway, but with her friends instead of her cheating husband. They then tell Muriel, that she is not invited and is no longer welcome in their shallow mean-girl group, apparently for her cheap and tacky clothing rather than her criminal ways. She sobs and pleads pathetically to be allowed to hang out with them and is cruelly rejected.

Later when she is given a blank check to buy a kit and sell cosmetics for her father's "special" woman friend, and she uses the opportunity to drain the family savings to go the island getaway with an expensive new wardrobe, there she is rejected and abused by her group, again, but she also meets Rhonda, another high school outlier acquaintance. They bond over showing up the snooty girls and have a really good time, but Muriel who seems to be a pathological liar, has told Rhonda that she is engaged and makes up a whole different life for herself. When the vacation is over, she returns home to be confronted in the doorway, by a confused and betrayed mother, about the missing money. She grabs the suitcases and bolts for Sydney, rather than face the music.

She becomes roommates with Rhonda and joins her party girl lifestyle, gets a job and meets a nice boy. But it all falls apart, when her lies start to catch up with her and Rhonda get ill. The story gets a bit more complicated from that point, and I won't give any more details, because this is enough to demonstrate the theme of the story.

There were several comic moments, but not what I would call "witty", since everyone seems to be on the low end of the intellectual curve. The sadness of Muriel's life and pathology were too powerful for me to agree with calling this a "hysterically funny" comedy. It was however a moderately redemptive story in the end, as Muriel learns to face up to the facts and consequences of her choices and I really liked the character of Rhonda. So I give it three stars and hopefully enough information for others to decide for themselves.
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EriKaReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I thought this was a very strange film the first time I saw it. I was not even sure I understood the brand of humour being employed. Australian film, Australian humour maybe. Subsequent viewings made me appreciate the film much more. Much of what happened just was not funny and was not meant to be. The story is about Muriel (played by Toni Collette, a virtual unknown in America until her turn as Haley Joel Osment's mother in The Sixth Sense), a misfit, who has few friends, a weird personality, an obsession with Abba, and she only dreams of falling in love... or maybe not even love but of marriage. She has problems in her dysfunctional family. She wants to find a way out. Muriel meets a friend (played by an always excellent Rachel Griffiths). The two of them always have fun together, always partying and getting into all kinds of trouble. At some point, though, Griffiths's character becomes ill, and this changes the dynamic of their friendship. Muriel is still very much on the prowl for love, and she answers a personal ad. A South African national needs to marry an Australian national in order to stay in the country and compete in Australia. Muriel agrees to do it, and because the swimmer is so handsome and popular, she too gains all kinds of meaningless popularity. However, during the course of these festivities, more family problems arise (including the not so happy ending of her mom committing suicide), and Muriel discovers a few things about herself and about who her real friends are.
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ClaireReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I love it
lelolexReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just a favorite movie to add to the collection.
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Have watched this so many times and got tired of paying each time so now I own it. Toni Collette is so funny, she sure has gone far since this one.
stcroixReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie but seemed to be not the best quality.
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Good movie but not totally clear like it was taken from a dvd. I still enjoyed the movie so 3 stars.
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