Muriel’s Wedding (M)

Muriel is one of Australia’s best loved characters. Overweight and plain, she is the butt of her friend’s jokes yet desperate for their acceptance. Growing up in a tacky coastal resort town hasn’t offered her many options as she resorts to petty crime to maintain appearances. Muriel’s domineering father regularly belittles her and destroying her self-esteem. Muriel retreats into a fantasy world of Abba songs and wedding day dreams – a world which seems so far away from the misery of her narrow minded small town. This all changes when Muriel meets the gutsy Rhonda and the two head for the big city. But just when Muriel’s wedding dreams are about to become a reality everything suddenly changes. This brilliant dark comedy is justifiably an Australian classic with its social satire of desperate social-climbing aspirations and Muriel’s search for happiness that always seems to be a little deluded. But all that disappears in the froth and bubbles of an Abba song.

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P. J. Hogan

Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter

106m

1994