Muriel's Wedding

Released 1994


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P.J. Hogan
Muriel's Wedding tells the story of homely Aussie Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette) in her lifelong quest for matrimony. 22-year-old Muriel is the token 'ugly girl' in her small, superficial clique of childhood friends. When one of the girls finds out her hours-long husband has been having an affair she chooses to take the girls on her honeymoon with her. Muriel, intentionally excluded from the trip, finds out she is nothing more than an embarrassment to the group. Obviously shaken and hurt by the revelation she stoops to theft and takes a holiday in the same resort as her betrayers with money stolen from her family. There she reconnects with another school mate, Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths), and the two move away together to Sydney. Drama follows Muriel and she finds herself tangled up in a virtually endless mess of family secrets, betrayal, heartache and loss. An Australian film gem not to missed, Muriel's Wedding hints of the universal insecurities we all share.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Wickedly mocking but empathetic, able to laugh at its characters while paying attention to their sorrows, this subversive comedy about self-esteem resists the notion that films hav...

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Muriel's Wedding runs into trouble when it looks for poignancy too openly, working better at giddy moments than in its occasional sad ones. Most of the time, Mr. Hogan keeps his st...

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Most of the action is played for broad laughs, and Hogan demonstrates the ability to generate them, even if the humor is very base and often cruel, making fun of people's looks and...

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