Muriel's Wedding (1995)

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
Comedy , Romance
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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
Sophie Lee
as Tania
Chris Haywood
as Ken Blundell
Katie Sauders
as Penelope
Dene Kermond
as Malcolm
Susan Prior
as Girl at Wedding
Nathan Kaye
as Chook
Cecily Polson
as Tania's Mother
Rob Steele
as Higgins
Geneviève Picot
as Store Detective
Katie Saunders
as Penelope
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
Barry Crocker
as Himself
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
Robert Alexander
as Barrister
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
Vincent Ball
as Priest
John Hoare
as Well Wisher
Frankie Davidson
as Sergeant
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 (40) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | April 9, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

An engaging, funny and sometimes surprisingly tough romantic comedy.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[A] gleeful, gaudy tribute to one ungainly misfit and her determination.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

There's poignant drama in this brash, sometimes overstated film, and Muriel's transformation is truly touching.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Muriel's Wedding


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.

Super Reviewer


Muriel's Wedding is one of the first movies we see Toni Collette, and she is wonderful in the movie. Muriel rebels against her life in small town Australia, and changes her life around, although she never quite loses her dowdy self.

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