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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The implied message is that no one is worthless, fake friends are a waste of time, and that just because you say something is true doesn't mean it is. Finding out what's truly meaningful is more important than living up to any imposed standard.
Positive Role Models
Muriel is an anti-role model in many ways. She does everything wrong -- she lies, steals, seeks approval from shallow people, is a follower instead of a leader -- but through her experiences, viewers see the pain these things bring her. And when she breaks free from these things, they triumph with her.
Violence & Scariness
One brief slapping fight between rival young women. Some physical aggressiveness between men. A suicide (not shown).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several non-graphic sexual scenes (except for the sound effects) and plenty of graphic discussion about sex. Adultery.
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Everything from "f--k" to "asshole," including sexual language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
All secondary characters smoke frequently. Lots of casual drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main character in this offbeat comedy is seriously misguided and makes really bad choices that hurt her family, though she ultimately reforms. Teens who feel like outcasts will identify with Muriel and some of the choices she makes, and the movie provides an opportunity to talk to teens about some urges they might have to change their lives. Several tragic events occur in the film, including a suicide, though nothing is graphically portrayed. Main characters smoke throughout the film, and several scenes of casual drinking occur. A few sexual scenes pop up, but only the sound effects are graphic, and there's no nudity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like so many Australian films, MURIEL'S WEDDING takes an unconventional approach to filmmaking -- both in its characters and its narratives. Muriel is flawed in so many ways and makes terrible choices throughout the film. As one awful friend tells her, "You have no dignity, Muriel." But despite the droopy mouth and terrible fashion choices, viewers see Muriel's unquenchable passion for life, her romantic dreams, her gutsy attempts to be someone special. This film is a poignant and still hilarious examination of how young people, especially girls, navigate the minefields of family, friends, media, and their own dreams.
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