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Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

I love this film so much, and I know I’ve said that a LOT, but Muriel’s Wedding is really one of my favorites!

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Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette) is a slightly overweight and socially awkward young woman who loves Abba. Her biggest dream is to get married. She’s constantly being pushed around by a bunch of snobbish girls she considers her friends and told by her father she’s useless. Her other family members aren’t any different either as they’re all pretty much unambitious. Determined to make something of herself and prove everyone wrong, she decides to turn her life around. She meets a wacky new friend named Ronda (Rachel Griffiths) and together they move to Sydney. Still obsessed with getting married, Muriel sets herself to find a husband. The only true problem is that Muriel  never really had a date before.

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Writing about a film you really love can be somewhat difficult. Finding the right words to describe why you love it is not always easy and so I thought creating a list of my favorite things will better illustrate my love for Muriel’s Wedding.

♥ Toni Collette in her worst looking character and the best one indeed. This film made her unforgettable.

♥ Location, location, location. LOVE AUSTRALIA!!!

♥ Ronda. Rachel Griffiths is amazing as the ballsy and adventurous best friend.

♥ The soundtrack. Even the worse Abba hater would love it here.

♥ Muriel’s quirky and somewhat retarded smile.

♥ The naively atrocious fashion style.

♥ Brice’s rhythm-less dancing scene.

♥ The cat fight between snobbish Tania Degano and her “friend” Nicole while Muriel and Ronda perform Abba’s Waterloo.

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Muriel’s Wedding is an absolute brilliant film that deals with important issues of low self esteem, obsessive dreaming, demeaning parental behavior and true friendships. The plot is very well sugar coated with funny bits and pieces which, no doubt, encourage the film’s immortality.

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Muriel is a funny and clueless “ugly duckling” very unaware to her surroundings. She’s a smart girl blinded by the wrong dreams and as the plot continues she transitions to a much more mature and realistic person who realizes problems don’t just vanish once one gets married. Eventually she’s proven everyone wrong just by standing up for herself.

Toni Collette is a perfect Muriel and apparently had to gain 18 kg for this role. I just thought she lost weight over the years.

My score:

5 lolipop rating

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

  1. Love this film! I think I love the character development most of all. Plus you can’t go past that soundtrack. I actually used to work with one of Muriel’s bitchy friends, she was really nice in real life though! Excellent write-up Reut!

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    1. HAHA, it’s a good and pretty catchy song. I think you’ll really like this film. It’s light and pretty funny. It doesn’t have a lot of romance in it, but a lesson to be learnt, indeed 🙂

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  2. Reut!!!

    i think you know me by now and realize this probably isn’t one for me but it sounds like I should buy the soundtrack!! Great post!! it’s SO hard writing about your favorite movies, isn’t it???

    #smooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooch

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    1. Oh, Eric… are you an Abba fan? I know you probably won’t like this film no matter how much I’ll try and convince you it’s really good, but I do appreciate you reading my review anyway. I’m lost for words when it comes to my favorites. Next review is dedicted to you, my friend. Will make sure it’s a film filled with sassy sexy estrogen just like you like ’em. How’s that sound?

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    2. I’ve been a fan of Abba since I was a kid!! I’m a 70s child, baby!!!! I do like Collette but I’m not sure about this one – but that’s OK since I can live it through you!

      Dedicated to me????? OH MY GOD you are so flipping good to me!!! I think that sounds great!!!

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    3. That’s awesome. I’m an 80’s child myself, but I love Abba too. Their videos are the best ever!!!! I think it’ll be a challenge for me to pick a film you’ll like, but I’m totally taking this as a mission!! I hope you’ll like it. #IPCchallenge #smoooooooooooch

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