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Muriel's Wedding (1995)



Critic Consensus: Heartfelt and quirky, though at times broad, Muriel's Wedding mixes awkward comedy, oddball Australian characters, and a nostalgia-heavy soundtrack.

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A socially inept young woman slowly learns to overcome her insecurities in this sleeper hit from Australia. The unconventional Muriel (Toni Collette) is deeply unsatisfied with her life, stuck in the nowhere town of Porpoise Spit and feeling rejected by her friends and family. Believing herself unattractive and worthless, she seeks meager solace in ABBA songs and fantasies of gorgeous weddings, with herself as the bride. Muriel's life takes a turn for the better, however, when she befriends the carefree Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths), who encourages her to take control of her life. Together, the two women travel to Sydney, where a series of liberating experiences help Muriel develop self-esteem and take the first steps towards maturity. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Toni Collette
as Muriel Heslop
Bill Hunter
as Bill Heslop
Jeanie Drynan
as Betty Heslop
Gennie Nevinson
as Deidre Chambers
Daniel Lapaine
as David Van Arkle
Matt Day
as Brice
Chris Haywood
as Ken Blundell
Dan Wylie
as Perry
Katie Sauders
as Penelope
Dene Kermond
as Malcolm
Susan Prior
as Girl at Wedding
Cecily Polson
as Tania's Mother
Rob Steele
as Higgins
Geneviève Picot
as Store Detective
Richard Sutherland
as Constable Saunders
Steve Smith
as Constable Gillespie
Jeamin Lee
as Chinese waitress
Jon-Claire Lee
as Chinese maître d'
Ken Senga
as Victor Keinosuke
Des Rodgers
as Island MC
Rohan Jones
as restaurant boy
Scott Hall-Watson
as Restaurant Boy
Craig Olson
as Restaurant boy
Justin Witham
as Restaurant Boy
Rodney Arnold
as Ejected Diner
Steve Cox
as Criuse Taxi Driver
Richard Carter
as Federal Policeman
John Gaden
as Doctor
Heather Mitchell
as Bridal Manageress No. 1
Heidi LaPaine
as Bridal Assistant No. 1
Diane Smith
as Physiotherapist
Darrin Klimek
as Rhonda's Taxi Driver
Penne Hackforth-Jones
as Bridal Manageress No. 2
Kirsty Hinchcliffe
as Bridal Assistant No. 2
Troy Hardy
as Young Boy
Robyn Pitt Owen
as Singer at Muriel's Wedding
Annie Byron
as Rhonda's mother
Jacqueline Linke
as Member of the Press
Alvaro Marques
as Member of the Press
Fiona Sullivan
as Member of the Press
Ineke Rapp
as Member of the Press
Julian Garner
as Member of the Press
John Hoare
as Well Wisher
Louise Cullen
as Deidre's Friend
Basil Clarke
as Funeral Priest
John Walton
as Taxi Driver
Jacqueline Link
as Press at Muriel's Wedding
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Critic Reviews for Muriel's Wedding

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13)

It's funny, strange and, best of all, graced with strong human compassion. Visually, Muriel's Wedding is a bustling blend of wry humor and acerbic social satire.

April 1, 2020 | Full Review…

There's a high enough feelgood factor here to compensate for the detours off the comedy highway.

April 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This movie only shows true tact and understanding when it comes to flattering the audience; everyone on-screen is strictly up for grabs.

April 9, 2012 | Full Review…

The trouble with the movie is that there's nothing to Muriel but her false dreams: We never quite glimpse the woman they're hiding.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: C-

Most of the action is played for broad laughs, and Hogan demonstrates the ability to generate them, even if the humor is base and often cruel, making fun of people's looks and ineptitude.

March 26, 2009

An engaging, funny and sometimes surprisingly tough romantic comedy.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Muriel's Wedding

Seen this many times over the years and always loved it. This was the perfect role for Toni Collette. I don't think anyone else could have played the part so well. I was in my 20's when I first saw this and I related to Muriel so much with her self loathing and wanting to be more than she was (not so much the Abba and wedding obsession). The bitchy girl group were familiar and the hot air father. Think we've all met people like those characters. I can remember shedding a few tears in the cinema when I first saw it at a section where Muriel is especially down on herself. What I didn't quite get at the time was how tragic her mother was. Rewatching in my 40's, her character really stood out this time around. The despair and hopelessness of her life. Because she plays it understated and the other characters were larger, I missed it the first five or so times I saw it. Of course I always thought Bill was a pig and Diedre was... well, pretty much suited to him, honestly, and I always felt a bit sorry for poor Betty... but I didn't appreciate how checked out that poor woman actually was. This movie is quite an achievement. It's definitely a comedy, but it has so much else going on in it too. Really one of the better Australian movies.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Toni Collette plays a woman with a coupla niggling personal defects that're overblown by her own consciousness until she's nearly paralyzed: us. The piece charts her arc from her personal dreamland of ache into a reality that's dealable with serio-comic poetry, and ABBA provides the soundtrack. Pretty darn good. Rachel Griffiths (one of my favs) plays the buddy everyone would love to buddy with admirably.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A rocking chick flick with bouts of self-esteem issues, this Australian comedy features the original talents of Toni Colette and Rachel Griffiths. Colette's character of Muriel is not entirely original, as the derivation is of an awkward girl with fantasies of a fulfilled life alongside a man, depressed because she isn't the Barbie doll society calls her to be. Still, with an ABBA obsession and a penchant for getting into trouble with the police, Muriel is portrayed as a kooky and quirky aside to the usual dark portrayals that lead to disaster. Griffiths is already a self-fulfilled person, sex inclined and not dubious to the tall tales Muriel spins as she reinvents herself as Mariel, living in Sydney and burning bridges to her hometown of Porpoise Spit and the family that not only raised her, but ends up duped in her quest to find herself. The film grows dark, Muriel's family turning into a conflicted bunch on the brink of eruption, her wish fulfillment morphing into a life of joyless solitude, without intimacy or friendship. Though very bland on premise and plot, Muriel stills keeps some laughs rolling as well as the punches.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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