Muriel's Wedding is a tragic comedy set in the town of Porpoise Spit, Australia. The movie is about Muriel, an ugly-duckling character, and her one motivation in life, to get married. Her motivation arises from the fact that all of her friends from high school, the ones she tries so hard to fit in with, are walking down the aisle. Marriage becomes a symbol of peer, social and self-acceptance. Muriel's Wedding constructs and explores an
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reassessed, found wanting and finally outgrown. As Rhonda and Muriel leave Porpoise Spit for the final time, Muriel begins a new life of self-existence with her new-found knowledge and experience that marriage is not everything a wedding promises it to be.
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