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Muriel's Wedding

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Australia, France · 1994
Rated R · 1h 46m
Director P.J. Hogan
Starring Toni Collette, Bill Hunter, Rachel Griffiths, Sophie Lee
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation to Sydney with a friend. When she falls upon desperate circumstances, she accepts a $10,000 offer to marry a South African athlete in a lavish wedding.

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TV Guide Magazine by

Ultimately, the comedy here is grounded in self-hatred, hostility, and despair. Nearly everyone who wanders through this brash and deliberately tasteless film is stupid, ungainly, or grotesquely tragic. But this only heightens the pleasure during moments of delirious merriment.


The New York Times by Elvis Mitchell

Muriel's Wedding runs into trouble when it looks for poignancy too openly, working better at giddy moments than in its occasional sad ones. Most of the time, Mr. Hogan keeps his story light and surprising.


Washington Post by Hal Hinson

Hogan seems skittish about going all the way with the darker side of his material...It's a bright, buoyant comedy about a very sad young woman -- and, regrettably, the mix just doesn't work.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Oscillating back and forth between insulting its two central characters (Muriel and her dad) and showing they have hidden depths, this movie only shows true tact and understanding when it comes to flattering the audience; everyone on screen is strictly up for grabs.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Wickedly mocking but empathetic, able to laugh at its characters while paying attention to their sorrows, this subversive comedy about self-esteem resists the notion that films have to timidly remain within tidy genre rules.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Rick Groen

Watching this is a feature-length exercise in frustration - comedy that promises to be amusingly black stays uniformly grey; sentiment that looks to be credibly bittersweet winds up badly soured. We're constantly tantalized and perpetually disappointed, but don't despair - there's one terrific bonus...Toni Collette.

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