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Muriel's Wedding Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Wickedly mocking but empathetic, able to laugh at its characters while paying attention to their sorrows, this subversive comedy about self-esteem resists the notion that films have to timidly remain within tidy genre rules.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The trouble with the movie is that there's nothing to Muriel but her false dreams: We never quite glimpse the woman they're hiding.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    While Muriel's Wedding has its moments of exhilarating humor, it is, as often as not, downbeat and even mean-spirited.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    And the casting of minor characters (including Muriel's sister with the naughty-naughty smirk) is flawless.

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Iffy for 15+

Unconventional comedy weds Aussie wit with mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main character in this offbeat comedy is seriously misguided and makes really bad choices that hurt her family, though she ultimately reforms. Teens who feel like outcasts will identify with Muriel and some of the choices she makes, and the movie provides an opportunity to talk to teens about some urges they might have to change their lives. Several tragic events occur in the film, including a suicide, though nothing is graphically portrayed. Main characters smoke throughout the film, and several scenes of casual drinking occur. A few sexual scenes pop up, but only the sound effects are graphic, and there's no nudity.

  • Families can talk about feelings of worthlessness or low self-esteem. What was Muriel's wedding obsession all about? Why did she invite those girls to be her bridesmaids?
  • What kinds of messages did Muriel receive from her family about her self worth? What does she realize in the end?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The implied message is that no one is worthless, fake friends are a waste of time, and that just because you say something is true doesn't mean it is. Finding out what's truly meaningful is more important than living up to any imposed standard.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Muriel is an anti-role model in many ways. She does everything wrong -- she lies, steals, seeks approval from shallow people, is a follower instead of a leader -- but through her experiences, viewers see the pain these things bring her. And when she breaks free from these things, they triumph with her.

What to watch for
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    Violence: One brief slapping fight between rival young women. Some physical aggressiveness between men. A suicide (not shown).

  • sex false3

    Sex: Several non-graphic sexual scenes (except for the sound effects) and plenty of graphic discussion about sex. Adultery.

  • language false4

    Language: Everything from "f--k" to "asshole," including sexual language.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: All secondary characters smoke frequently. Lots of casual drinking.