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Muriel's Wedding

Published August 30, 2020

Muriel's Wedding

Film info

  • Title Muriel's Wedding
  • Director P. J. Hogan
  • Year 1994
  • Run time 1hr 46m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • Tagline Success is the best revenge

Toni Collette stars as Muriel Heslop, in the role that broke her into worldwide fame. In a desperate bid to find happiness and love, the young social outcast steals money from her parents and escapes on a tropical vacation which turns her life upside down.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:38You can’t throw it again, what’s the point?
4:17They’re not being very subtle about it, door open and everything.
8:30The one and only thing I remember from this film is “you’re terrible, Muriel.”
15:53“I can change.” “You’ll still be you.” Bitch!
19:58Banana bra is impressive.
25:26Yaaas Abba.
27:34He’s obsessed with the ability to type!
33:11How the bloody hell is she gonna get out of this though?
35:49Love the idea of working across the street from each other. Adorbz.
43:29“For his health. Doctor Farrell says he needs a holiday from us.”
46:26September meaning a spring wedding is very confusing to me.
55:57Not sure I’ll be able to use the word coincidence again.
1:05:42“I should have hired you some friends.”
1:10:24The poor ex-boyfriend at the wedding. Not sure why he’s there but it’s heartbreaking.
1:15:07Good on her for standing up to the horrible swimmer guy.
1:23:27“I don’t love you either, but I think I could like having you around.” Nice.
1:28:58Rhonda is the best.

Thoughts

I had seen this previously, a long time ago, and remembered enjoying it but I really couldn’t have told you anything about it other than the ‘terrible’ quote. So it was all a pleasant surprise, and I totally get this being a cult classic.

It’s funny because none of them are particularly nice people, except maybe the mother. But even our lovely Muriel is a bad’un, stealing money and so madly obsessed with weddings. All the friends are terrible, the father is awful, the siblings not great. But even with that, you just desperately want to watch these people get through their lives, get to where they’re going, find just a smidge of happiness.

It’s a cheap-as-chips movie, it can’t have had a big budget but sometimes those are the best ones. Not-at-all-terrible, Muriel.

Rating: 4 / 5

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