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‘Muriel’s Wedding’ Turns 25: Why the Flawed Heroine Was Ahead of Her Time

‘Muriel’s Wedding’ Turns 25: Why the Flawed Heroine Was Ahead of Her Time

Australian filmmaker P.J. Hogan has come full circle with his award-winning international hit comedy “Muriel’s Wedding.”

Not only is Hogan observing the 25th anniversary of the release in the U.S. this March, he was in New York in prepping pre-production on “Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical” before the coronavirus restrictions hit. The stage version scored a warm response from critics and audiences when it opened in Australia in 2017.

“It’s still very relevant — even more so,” said Hogan in a recent phone interview. “It’s all about self-esteem.”

Written and directed by Hogan and produced by his wife, filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse, “Muriel’s Wedding” was like a breath of fresh air. It not only launched Hogan’s career and fortified Moorhouse’s, “Muriel’s Wedding” also changed the careers of its stars Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths.

Collette played the zaftig, socially awkward Muriel Heslop, who lives in the quiet Gold Coast town of Porpoise Spit.

See full article on Variety