Misfit Muriel (Toni Collette) has always escaped life by listening to ABBA ditties and dreaming about marriage. When she and her flighty friend Rhoda (Rachel Griffiths) leave small-town Porpoise Spit, Australia, behind them, her fantasy starts to come to life. That comes along in the form of a hunky swimmer (Daniel Lapaine) looking for Aussie citizenship. At long last, her storybook dreams have come true, but is Muriel ready for this reality?
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- P.J. Hogan
- 1996 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; music video.
Common Sense Note
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.
- Sexual Content
- Several non-graphic sexual scenes (except for the sound effects) and plenty of graphic discussion about sex. Adultery.
- One brief slapping fight between rival young women. Some physical aggressiveness between men. A suicide (not shown).
- Everything from "f--k" to "asshole," including sexual language.
- Social Behavior
- 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.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- All secondary characters smoke frequently. Lots of casual drinking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it