Muriel's Wedding

Movie review by Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Unconventional comedy weds Aussie wit with mature themes.

R 1995 106 minutes

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age 18+

Based on 1 review

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age 13+

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age 18+

Quirky adult fun, with a dash of drama, too.

Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette, in her first-ever movie role) is a dumpy 22-year-old Queenslander, whose dreams of becoming successful in life -- no matter the methods used, or the costs involved -- belies her depressing surroundings. Psychologically abused by her domineering and corrupt politician father (the late Bill Hunter), and unwanted even by the other girls in her age-group, plucky Muriel nonetheless sets about changing her life -- by making a new friend (Rachel Griffiths), moving to the Big Smoke (Sydney, the City of Brides), finding a job, and meeting a bloke -- or two. Muriel does achieve her goal -- getting married (her idea of success) -- only for things to go sour, once tragedy occurs, and reality kicks in. People who have dealt with bullying and a low self-esteem, will definitely root for anti-heroine Muriel, as she struggles to become an assertive and responsible woman, who is ready to take charge of her life.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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