Muriel's Wedding

  • 15
  • P J Hogan (1994)
  • Aus
  • 101 min
Muriel's Wedding
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Toni Collette. Deciding to escape her dysfunctional family and her small-town life, Muriel takes advantage of a blank cheque and heads off in search of adventure.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
P J Hogan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista International UK
Guidance: 
Swearing, nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy