Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

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8.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 9/10

Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths and the rest of the cast

Kind of a chick-flick

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Muriel’s Wedding

Studio:  CiBy 2000

Genre(s):  Comedy/Drama

Release Date(s):  September 29, 1994

MPAA Rating:  R


Muriel…you’re terrible

Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette) loves ABBA, has “friends” that hate her, lives at home with with her family in Porpoise Spit, but dreams of the perfect wedding.  When Muriel gets the chance to escape with her new friend Rhonda Epinstall (Rachel Griffiths), she takes it.  As the lies build around the fantasy life she has created, Muriel finds herself close to achieving her dream but is it what she always hoped it would be or just an illusion.

Directed by P. J. Hogan, Muriel’s Wedding was a fun, dark Australian comedy that introduced both Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths to American audiences.  The movie was seen quite positively and did well for the relatively low budget.


My, my…at Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender.

The movie is a lot of fun and much of the fun stems from Collette’s great portrayal of Muriel.  Muriel’s obsession with marriage can just been seen through her actions and the great visuals.  She possesses sheer glee, and it shows on screen.  She just is having fun.

She’s backed up by a great cast.  Not only is Rachel Griffiths perfect as the friend who finally treats Muriel with respect and an equal, but her family is a great.  Her father Bill Heslop (Bill Hunter) as the cruel and verbally abusive politician that hates his family and her mother Betty (Jeanie Drynan)  who goes along with him are great as the parents of the misfit children.  Muriel’s fake friends also provide a bunch of fun and are perfectly disgusting.


I’m getting married…YEAAAAAAA!!!!!

ABBA’s music and Muriel’s love for it make it a big theme through the whole movie.  Griffith and Collette’s performance of Waterloo is actually choreographed and shot like an ABBA music video.  I always found that the musical Mamma Mia (which came out in 1999) kind of stole ideas from this movie…I don’t know if that is true but both stories involve a wedding and are full of ABBA songs.  The difference is Muriel’s Wedding is funny and entertaining, while Mamma Mia is a bore.

Muriel’s Wedding is a entertaining movie, full of fun acting, and it moves at a quick pace.  The movie is able to go from light to dark easily and that is in the strength of its actors.  The movie has developed a cult following and is worth seeing.  It is kind of a chick-flick, but really can be enjoyed by all.

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