Muriel's Wedding

Muriel's Wedding

P J Hogan (1994)

101min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The Ugly Duckling is given a delightful Down Under spin in this congenial comedy. Here, the figure of fun is flabby Muriel Heslop, who lives in a frothy fantasy world of Abba songs, husband-shopping and wedding-dress dreams. It's when she leaves her small-minded home town of Porpoise Spit under a cloud to flat-share with Rhonda, an old acquaintance from school (snappily played by Rachel Griffiths), that the initially hilarious humour begins to turn a shade more poignant. Breezily directed by the clearly nuptially fixated PJ Hogan - he went on to make My Best Friend's Wedding in the States - the film features a tremendously affecting Toni Collette as mousey no-mark Muriel, who spends her life flicking through bridal catalogues. It took Hogan a year to raise the finance for his movie, and he was rewarded not only at the box office but also by the critics: the movie deservedly scooped four Australian film awards, including best film and best actress for Collette.

Summary

A downtrodden woman seeks solace from her loneliness in her love of Abba and fantasies of the perfect wedding. Under the influence of a more carefree friend, she heads for the bright lights of Sydney to make her matrimonial dreams come true - but the only thing missing is the groom. Australian comedy, starring Toni Collette, Bill Hunter, Rachel Griffiths and Jeanie Drynan.

Cast & Crew

Muriel Heslop Toni Collette
Bill Heslop Bill Hunter
Rhonda Rachel Griffiths
Betty Heslop Jeanie Drynan
Deidre Gennie Nevinson
Brice Matt Day
David Van Arkle Daniel Lapaine
Tania Sophie Lee
Janine Belinda Jarrett
Cheryl Rosalind Hammond
Director P J Hogan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UK Guidance: Swearing, nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy

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