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  • 15
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1994
  • 106 mins

Muriel's Wedding

Muriel's Wedding

Synopsis

A young woman tries to escape her mundane life in smalltown Australia with help from her free-spirited friend, a marriage of convenience and lots of ABBA.

About

Collette plays Muriel, a fat, awkward, sensitive dag. Living in provincial Porpoise Spit with a slug of a father, downtrodden mother and intolerable siblings, she's the butt of even her friends' jokes. Like the rest of the girls, Muriel's recurring dream is to get hitched, but hers is a fantasy of acceptance, not romance.

On a cocktail and karaoke holiday she meets fellow spirit Griffiths who persuades Muriel to escape her hellish home life and move to Sydney. Things begin to look up when a South African dreamboat proposes, even if it's just to get a passport.

Another kooky Australian movie this may be, but director Hogan and his cast sustain a strange melancholic undercurrent while Collette's portrayal of emotional enlightenment and the film's vicious observations of backwater life help lift it above mere kitsch comedy romance.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Gennie Nevinson, Jeanie Drynan, Sophie Lee, Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter
  • Director: PJ Hogan
  • Writer: PJ Hogan
  • Producer: Jocelyn Moorhouse, Lynda House
  • Photographer: Martin McGrath

In a nutshell

Camp as Kylie, but also thought-provoking and touching, this is a quality piece of filmmaking

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