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Living In: Muriel’s Wedding

by Grace Bonney

When we decided this month’s theme would be weddings, I got excited to plan what our Living In movies would be. Mainly because I’ve been dying for a reason to do just about anything with Muriel’s Wedding. I fell in love with it instantly when it came out in 1994 and it has remained just as funny, touching and relevant as it was almost 20 years ago. Toni Collette is of course brilliant and Rachel Griffiths is the perfect foil to her character, who is hopelessly in love with the idea of getting married.

What moved me so much about this movie was the friendship between Muriel and Rhonda. Their storyline is a wonderfully real and genuine reminder that friendship and standing by your friends is worth more than just about anything else. Aesthetically, this movie is an irresistible mix of mildly 80’s styles and Abba-chic. Speaking of Abba, they’re basically one of the main characters of the film, in a way. If you haven’t seen Muriel’s Wedding do yourself a favor and watch it on Netflix this weekend. You don’t have to care about weddings, tradition or anything like that to enjoy it- it’s just a beautiful story about friendship and being yourself. xo, grace

Sources and more Muriel/Marial after the jump…

Image above (Muriel in Porpoise Spit), clockwise from top left: Abba album $16, Aussie Hairspray $3.99, Rainbow Lei $6, Straw Hat $38 , Cherry Earrings $16, Banana Bikini $68, Cocktail Parasols $4.95, Abba Costume $45, Cow Print Beanbag chair $87, Bed frame $350, Leopard Dress $35, Red Lipstick $19, Red Nailpolish $10, Hoop Earrings $145, Leopard Scrunchie $9, Red Hoops $5.50, Sequin Bustier $28

Image above, clockwise from top left: Flower hair clip $15, Lace wedding dress $400, Pearl Drop Earrings $95, Bridal Tiara $300, Pearls $139, Peach Tulle Dress $300

Muriel’s Wedding

Production Design
Paddy Reardon

Art Direction
Hugh Bateup

Set Decoration
Glen W. Johnson
Jane Murphy

Costume Design
Terry Ryan

Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Head- costume constructor (as Susanne ‘Mouse’ Head)
Heather Laurie- stand-by wardrobe
Michelle Leonard- wardrobe supervisor
Mandy Sedawie – wardrobe assistant

Art Department
Dianne Bennett – art department assistant
James Cox- stand-by props
Christina Díaz Norman- art department coordinator
Philipa Playford- art department assistant

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  • One of my favorite movies! I am always looking for excuses to re-watch this. It’s high-kitsch and yet also ultra-realistic in a way that makes it both hilarious and heartbreaking. I love the sister with her ever-smirk repeating the line throughout the film: “You’re terrible, Muriel.”

  • one of my all time faves…recently visited Stockholm- where I caught the opening of the new Swedish Music Hall of Fame! @99percentinspired on instagram ;)

  • My sister saw Muriel’s Wedding while on a plane and could barely wait to call me when she landed (many years ago) . It remains a fav for both of us and ABBA never sounded so wonderful .

  • As an Aussie living in London for 6 years now–who was apparently a hard core Abba fan at 2 years old, I quite often watch this when I’m suffering a wave of homesickness. It never fails to cheer me up!

  • The gays love this movie! It’s a classic gay story even though Muriel is a woman. She lives the classic gay experience in a small town: She’s bullied. She’s different and not accepted for being different. She finally gets out of the small town. She denies a lot of her past and isn’t accepted by her family. Her closest friend the person who helps liberate her gets very sick. I think this so true in the ‘90s AIDS epidemic, and it’s sadly, still true now. She’s faced with a choice of whether to stay and care for the person who’s done more for me than anybody or abandon this responsibility. And let’s not forget ABBA. What gay person doesn’t love ABBA?

  • LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVE this movie. Even though it got horrible reviews, I still want to see that new film P.J. Hogan did that stars Toni Collette.

  • I love, love, LOVE this movie! Muriel’s Wedding is what put Toni Colette on my radar back in the 90’s, and she has never disappointed me. It’s so funny and touching at the same time. So many good characters…I might have to pop this in tonight!

  • I haven’t’ seen that movie since the 90’s! You great collection here makes me want to check it out this weekend as you suggested.

    Still waiting for you to do “A Good Woman” with Scarlett Johanssen. Please??
    I guarantee you will love it.

  • As an Aussie, I am so excited you love Muriel’s Wedding too. Such a classic. My fave scene involves the bean bag/budgie/jeans zipper -so funny!!

  • Even as a late 20s guy I love this film. Must have watched it first when I was around 15, I guess, and I remember enjoying the whole ABBA connection. I don’t think I’ll be living in the Wedding, though, as people here in Manchester would probably throw stuff at me! Although the bus trip to work would make for some good YouTube videos.

  • I’m an Aussie and I love this too. Thanks, DS.

    “When I lived in Porpoise Spit, I used to sit in my room for hours and listen to ABBA songs. But since I’ve met you and moved to Sydney, I haven’t listened to one ABBA song. That’s because my life is as good as an ABBA song. It’s as good as Dancing Queen.”

  • I love this movie but haven’t thought about it in years! I used to have it on VHS….Now I’m think a Girl’s Night is in order, and with an update in technology– watch it again!! Wine + Friends + ABBA= a very fun evening

  • This has to be one of my fave ever films. I have seen it so many times. Love that so many others adore it too.

  • Oh, I LOVE this movie! I love how it taps in to (most) women’s desire to get married, but also brings her to reality on what is really important. Great movie!

  • Because of this post, I re-watched MW the other night, I had forgotten how incredibly funny and sad and real it was. I know all about being the “misfit”. It was good to re-see it. Thank you! :)

  • I found Muriel’s Wedding at my public library and watched it because of this post and I loved it! My friend had a copy of the movie Mental with Toni Collette and I saw that it was from the director of Muriel’s Wedding – it was so good, many similarities! A definite must see if you liked Muriel’s Wedding and if you like Toni Collette you must watch The United States of Tara.

  • Aaaahhhhh! I love this movie! Especially Rhonda’s “I would rather swallow razor blades than drink with you” speech that ends with her putting her sunglasses on and saying, “Oh, and I’m not alone; I’m with Muriel.”

    My, my! At Waterloo Napoleon did surrender…

  • “Stick your drink up your arse, Tanya. I’d rather swallow razor blades than drink with you!” This movie is so awesome, and so quotable! And the catfight during “Waterloo” on Hibiscus Island is brilliant!

  • Antonia Collette is very young in this movie. Can barely recognize her. The movie is not in my top 10, but still is a very nice movie to watch at least once.

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