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Muriel's Wedding

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Unconventional comedy weds Aussie wit with mature themes.

Movie R 1995 106 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

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.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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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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