Melissa Pierson
March 15, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Muriel's Wedding

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
106 minutes
performer
Toni Collette, Bill Hunter, Rachel Griffiths
director
P.J. Hogan
author
P.J. Hogan
genre
Comedy

We gave it an A-

Word of mouth elevated the offbeat Australian comedy Muriel’s Wedding into an unlikely hit (for a movie whose characters speak with funny accents, that is). Now video ought to convince those who still doubt they’d enjoy a foreign picture about an ugly duckling (the delightful Collette) who metamorphoses into a, well, an ugly duckling, but one who knows that swans aren’t the only birds that can fly. This is that rarity, an appealing and expressive film that is truly for everyone. But it’s the misunderstood who will love it most. A-

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