Muriels Wedding is one of those well-its-about-this-but-its-not-really-about-this kinds of films. If you couldnt tell by the title, the 1994 Australian movie follows a woman on her quest to get hitched. Shes hindered by her own lack of confidence derived mostly from her weight issues and not-so-supportive family and her tendency toward wacky impulses such as draining her fathers bank account to fund a trip to a tropical paradise. But the plot only provides the backdrop (i.e., the thing the movie is/isnt about) for the real focus: Muriels battle with confidence, her best friend/business partners battle with cancer and her mothers losing battle with suicide. Its all set to the music of everybodys favorite Swedes, ABBA. Oh, did we mention its actually a comedy? Yeah, -seriously.
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The film, directed by P.J. Hogan (known in America for her efforts behind the camera in My Best Friends Wedding), was nominated for and won a slew of Australia Film Institute Awards including Best Film (winner), Best Actress (winner, Toni Collette as Muriel), Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Muriels Wedding has become an international cult hit for its tackling of subjects most of Hollywood would be too scared to take on, let alone add a laugh track to. 8:30 p.m. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit www.domystore.com. Free.
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