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Muriel's Wedding (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 31 March 1995 (USA)
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A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Lee ... Tania Degano
... Cheryl (as Rosalind Hammond)
... Muriel Heslop
Belinda Jarrett ... Janine
... Nicole
... Bill Heslop
... Betty Heslop
... Perry Heslop (as Daniel Wyllie)
... Joanie Heslop
Gennie Nevinson ... Deidre Chambers
... Rhonda Epinstalk
... Brice Nobes
... Ken Blundell
... David Van Arkle
... Girl at Wedding
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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 Lynn Salmon

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sex-related dialogue and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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31 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La boda de Muriel  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,185,594

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,300,000
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Belinda Jarrett's last film. See more »

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While Muriel and Rhonda are imitating ABBA on stage, Tania and Nicole get into a knockdown fight and the entire table is disrupted. When we cut back to Muriel and Rhonda, the girls still sitting there just watching. We can see the backs of their heads, and their dates are standing enjoying the show as before. See more »

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Tania: They've accused him of raping a Japanese tourist, which is ridiculous! Chook hates the Japanese!
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References Wonder Woman (1975) See more »

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Dancing Queen
(Benny Andersson (as Andersson) / Björn Ulvaeus (as Ulvaeus) / Stig Anderson (as Anderson)
Published for the World by Union Songs AB
Performed by ABBA
Courtesy of PolyGram Pty Limited
Dancing Queen bridal arrangement by Peter Best, Vocals Blazey Best
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So Much...Better...Than Advertised!
20 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

You gotta love the Hollywood marketing hacks. "Outrageously funny...you'll stand up and.....cheer!" Did they even watch the movie? Or was this a cynical ploy to try to make "Muriel's Wedding" into a more commercially viable film?

Either way, the marketing for this great little movie deserves an award for Most Misleading. In misrepresenting "Muriel," they reduced it to a fun "chick flick" in the minds of people who hadn't yet seen it. It's so much better than that.

A few years back, my then-girlfriend begged for this on one of our trips to Blockbuster, so I gave in, resigned to a night of gritting my teeth through a silly, formula-written, semi-feminist movie about a couple girls who have fun while getting even with their boyfriends or finally landing the big job or whatever the ending was gonna be.

Well, I was FLOORED by what "Muriel's Wedding" was, as well as what it wasn't.

The film is profoundly psychological and satirical. The person who sees Muriel, powerfully played by Toni Collette, and cannot empathize with her is a heartless, brainless schmuck indeed. Collette's performance and writer/director PJ Hogan's screenplay take Muriel through pretty much the whole range of emotion. Much of this emotion is negative, and it's really painful (but beautiful) to watch at several points. To watch Muriel's harrowing journey toward self-acceptance is to relive painful moments in your past, whether you are a man or a woman.

"Muriel" is also FULL of satire. It has a lot to say about marriage and family life, and little of it is good, although I believe it leaves plenty of room for redemption for Muriel and her abusive father (well-played by Bill Hunter).

"Muriel's Wedding" isn't a perfect movie, though it's pretty damned close. The scenes of Rhonda's and Muriel's life in Sydney, in particular, seem rather episodic, without strong threads to bind them. But this is almost quibbling with a great, great film.

That's the way "Muriel's Wedding" is. It affords you no escape, if that's what you are looking for. I think that's why most people are so p***ed off about it. They want to be entertained, not depressed by a film that has to do with real life. Well, I can't be too hard on these folks. It's really the marketing department's fault for their false advertising.

But if you want to see a very powerful film and are willing be really touched by a it, then see "Muriel's Wedding."


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