Muriel's Wedding


Muriel's Wedding

Critics 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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  • Oct 27, 2010
    This is a film that I have seen countless time and I always enjoy it. From the superb ABBA soundtrack to the acting of the main characters. This is one rags to riches story that does not disappoint. It is not a typical rags to riches story though and a lot of people can and will identify with Muriel in many ways. The star is undoubtedly Toni Collette as this was the film that turned her in to star and rightly so from this performance. A nice, touching movie that really makes you think and directed by none other than Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan no less.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2010
    A tragedy dressed in comedy's clothes.
    Robert F Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2010
    I first watched this movie for a college class, and I really liked it! It has an interesting story, and is very entertaining.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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