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Muriel's Wedding (1995)

P. J. Hogan  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: P. J. Hogan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0788814958
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,448 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Muriel's Wedding" on IMDb

Special Features

  • ABBA Music Video

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Ever since the late '70s when the Australian New Wave was in full surge, Down Under directors have delivered movies that often hit you like news from another planet. Offbeat characters, weird narrative twists, and a tart mixture of laughs and catastrophe--this is the juice that fuels such flicks as Proof, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Strictly Ballroom, Heavenly Creatures, and most certainly Muriel's Wedding. Directed by P.J. Hogan (who would go on to helm the Hollywood hit My Best Friend's Wedding), this little gem follows tradition by featuring an authentic misfit: Muriel (Toni Collette), a great overweight horse of a girl obsessed with getting married and the music of ABBA. Appropriately, we first meet Muriel at a wedding, all trussed up in a leopardskin number she's boosted for the occasion. When her snotty peers insist that she give up the bridal bouquet to someone who might actually get hitched, when one of the guests turns out to be a clerk in the very store where Muriel ripped off her outfit--you gotta laugh, she's such an unmitigated mess. A loser, her philandering politician father (Bill Hunter) calls her--along with his doormat wife and his other couch-potato offspring. But this movie's no exercise in geek-bashing. As Muriel takes up with feisty Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths) and moves from Porpoise Spit to the big city, her good-hearted grin and zest for life draw us in despite hilarious gaffes and mishaps. (Making out with a boy for the first time, Muriel suddenly finds herself awash in styrofoam: the oaf has unzipped the beanbag chair instead of her skin-tight leather pants.) Muriel's Wedding covers territory Hollywood would banish from a comedy--Rhonda's cancer, the suicide of Muriel's mother, a marriage of convenience to an arrogant athlete--yet, like its heroine, it never loses its sense of humor, its will to move on to whatever good thing might happen next. Everyone in the idiosyncratic cast is terrific, but it's Toni Collette's Dancing Queen who makes Muriel's Wedding a cinematic celebration you won't forget. --Kathleen Murphy

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Hysterically funny, fresh, and brimming with wit, MURIEL'S WEDDING is the comedy hit celebrated by critics nationwide! No one ever paid much attention to Muriel and her humdrum small-town life, so she and her best friend, Rhonda, decide to leave it behind and head for the big city ... where they end up having the exciting adventure of their lives! What's more, soon everyone takes notice when Muriel becomes engaged to a handsome and popular sports hero! You'll love every hilarious minute as Muriel discovers that even when it seems all her dreams are coming true, the path to the altar still has plenty of surprising twists!

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You're Terrible Muriel".... June 1, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
But fortunately, this movie is far from! An impressive cast, wonderful story, and even more catchy soundtrack will leave you humming for weeks afterwards. Muriel's Wedding is a tour de force of wonderful filmmaking at its best.

Muriel's Wedding tells the tale of Muriel Heslop, an appropriate name for a girl without much of an identity. At the beginning of the movie, Muriel is a put upon girl with a bleak future and an even more bleak present. She attends the wedding of a "friend" of hers in a stolen dress, which sets up Muriel's life as a series of lies she tells to make herself into something. One lie begets another, and soon, Mariel is off to Syndey with new gal pal Rhonda. Muriel struggles to find herself amidst the lies she tells and the real life for which she yearns, thus the story. This film is most unpredictable, and full of wonderful nuanced surprises that totally make sense to the story.

Toni Collette deserves a standing ovation for her performance of Muriel. This was the first movie that I ever saw her in, and who knew the range of talent she possess. Just watch this movie, and then Sixth Sense, The Hours, and Connie and Carla, and see the range she covers. It should only be a matter of time before people realize her immense and total talent. Just watch Toni walking down the aisle as Muriel; her total, goofy joy is palpable... amazing stuff.

Also appearing is the wonderful and solid Rachel Griffiths as her friend Rhonda. Together, they turn in a tour de force performance to help hapless Muriel find herself.

Much must be said for director PJ Hogan's handling of this material. Given to a lesser director, the script may have gotten out of hand with its numerous twists and turns.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unconventional comedy May 28, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of those comedies that will make you laugh hysterically and then shut the audience up with a sudden tragedy. The story follows Muriel (Collette), an overweight ugly duckling who is ridiculed by her friends and her father but finds solace in ABBA songs and best friend Griffiths. Moving from her home town of Porpoise Spit she begins to find a new life for herself.
Fortunately this rites-of-passage drama doesn't lay it on heavy with the sentimentality. This brings about a conclusion that's nothing short of depressing but still poignant. The comedy is wonderfully crass, especially from Muriel's friends from Porpoise Spit and the sheer gaudiness of the whole movie is beautifully carried by all concerned. When Muriel's bridesmaids waddle up the aisle to an ABBA song, or Collette and Griffiths jubilently belt out tunes at a karaoke bar, you'll be laughing.
Given this, it's rare to find such comedy that will bring you crashing down to earth with suicide, cancer and an unhappy arranged marriage. This is one of those movies that will never make you cry; it will make you sympathise with its characters. It's certainly a great gift of Hogan's that he manages to pull both genres off so well at the same time.
But this wouldn't be half as good if it wasn't for Collette and Griffiths' magnificently crazy, emotional performances. 'Muriel's Wedding' should also be cheered for the fact that it doesn't succumb to typical Hollywood glitz and glamour. Muriel remains overweight throughout the whole movie, there's no 'Pygmalion'-like twist, it's the person that changes and perhaps that's what the movie is about. Completely unmissable.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Movies Should Be Made March 22, 2006
Format:DVD
Want to see key differences between U.S. and international fimmaking? Rent or buy both this movie and My Best Friend's Wedding-they have the same director! Yet you will see the American one (MBFW) with shallow character development, and no risk taking on characters with flaws (notice how everyone has great high paying jobs?). The character of Muriel at the end of her movie and her process of "letting go" of her old life is much more poignant and yet realistic than Julia Robert's character "letting go" by "letting" her best friend marry someone else.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams can come true if you're true to your self October 29, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Our heroine Muriel, dumpy, suburban, open, guileless, trusting, who has a corrupt Dad, an oppressed Mum, two siblings who are variously lazy and stupid, falls in love with and marries her dream "man" - what else but a white, blue-eyed blonde South African born swimming champion who is the quintessence of selfishness, self aggrandisement, vanity, and shallowness - but finds "true" love in friendship with her crippled buddy played superbly by Rachel Griffith. Some stupendous and memorable moments, one being when Muriel's mother sets fire to her backyard with its Hills Hoist in its centre. Funny, touching, and great feel good movie. Peopled by some terrific characters. The ABBA scene is a gem! One to own and revisit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL film that deserves a better DVD. March 10, 2003
Format:DVD
Muriel's Wedding is a movie I fell in love with when I first saw it years ago. The tale of Muriel is one EVERYONE can relate to on some level, being the outsider looking in. Muriel's life is surrounded by people who take advantage of her nature and belittle her for their own dissatisfaction. Muriel convinces herself that marriage will change her, make her accepted, and thus give her the acceptance she craves. Her realization that changing her world starts with changing herself is real, raw, and thoroughly enjoyable. It resonantes with individuality.
Toni Collete is absolutely charming as Muriel. I can't BELIEVE she is the same woman who was in sixth sense...her talent is unbelievable! Collete embodies Muriel with many humanistic quirks that make her a real character and bring the film it's endearing nature.
The DVD quality leaves a lot to be desired. I would KILL to have this released with commentary or outtakes. But, as it is, it's completely worth owning just because it can and should be watched whenever you need a feel good flick to pick up your spirits.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Would Have Enjoyed A Different Turn
I like this movie a lot though I think they could have developed it more after Muriel's mother's funeral (alas this was near the end of the movie so it would have had to last... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Janet D. Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars Muriel's Wedding
Love this movie. Am so happy I was able to purchase it on here cause you can't find it in the stores nowadays.
Published 1 month ago by Anna Marie Wendt
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Movie, Bad DVD
The DVD is not anamorphic widescreen, so to those of us with an HDTV, we need to crop/zoom/stretch the image to watch it. Wish a Blu-ray would come out instead.
Published 2 months ago by Cesar A. Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie you can look at more than once
I really disagree with the comments on the front cover of this movie. It is funny but it also is sad. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Latasha Weikert
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
Not sure why my friend thinks this is hilarious. The first half was such a downer I turned it off and didn't finish it. If I ever finish it and my opinion changes, I'll repost.
Published 4 months ago by Joan L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining film with a great Actress.
The acting by Toni Collette was great. The story line was a little thin but I have never been disappointed in a movie that hasToni Collette in it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Howard W Sibley
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Own!!
Wonderful movie!!! Wonderful soundtrack!!! Chick flick cult classic!!! I would give this film a million stars if I could!!! "Your'e TERRIBLE Muriel!"
Published 5 months ago by BeneeKent
5.0 out of 5 stars A FEEL-GOOD MOVIE!!!
Muriel (played by Toni Collette who gained 20 lbs for this role) hates being herself and tries everything to be somebody else including running away with her family's money, trying... Read more
Published 5 months ago by I'd rather be at the Beach
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA, anyone?
This is the story of an odd-girl-out set in Australia. Set against a soundtrack heavy on the ABBA, Muriel finds her way out of Porpoise Spit and into the world. Read more
Published 7 months ago by theresanee
5.0 out of 5 stars Muriel's Wedding
I fell in love with this movie some years ago. Everyone can sympathize and commiserate with awkward Muriel who so wants a different life than the one she was handed.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BOOKS*N*MORE
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