Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date... See full summary »
In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed.
Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down. Written by
The name of Muriel's fictional fiancée, Tim Simms, is has resonances (perhaps unintentional or even subconscious) with the names of two Australian food items - Tim Tams (a chocolate-coated biscuit, or cookie in US English) and Dim Sims (a pseudo-Asian meat dish). See more »
When Betty Heslop writes the first check to "cash" for Muriel to buy cosmetics, it is dated 12-1-1994. When Muriel hands her father a check for $5,000 near the end of the film, that check is dated 2-11-1992. See more »
i still remember joining the neighbors to go to the movies to see a new Australian film that noone knew much about, except that it featured the music of abba...just as i still remember walking out of the cinema aglow with such immense joy.
this is a wonderful film, that begins with a shy, needy, shrinking-violet girl and ends with a strong, honest woman aware of her own power to change and control the world around her. this film is full of laughs, full of smiles and, towards the crescendo of the last few minutes even full of tears. one can't help but want to stand up and cheer, or dance, or both, as muriel escapes everything that her 'life' has pushed on her and rides into the sunset, with such happiness radiating from her face.
"you're terrible, muriel..." she is, and you can't help but love her for it. see this movie!
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