Muriel's Wedding (P.J. Hogan, 1994) Toni Collette, Bill Hunter, Rachel Griffiths, Sophie Lee, Daniel Lapaine; 100 min.
A (melodramatic) comedy, so not particularly realistic; but deservedly memorable: 'You're terrible, Muriel.'
Muriel's Wedding has a lot of big and little laughs in it, but also a melancholy undercurrent, which reveals itself toward the end of the film in a series of surprises and unexpected developments. The arc of its story involves Muriel's discovery of herself, and a developing faith that she can have a good time, make friends, and be valued. The film's good heart keeps it from ever making fun of Muriel, although there are moments that must have been tempting. Roger Ebert.
In the final scenes, when Hogan dares to let his humor turn edgy, Collette's performance gains in force, and Muriel's Wedding becomes a date you want to keep. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
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