Liking who you are. Self-love. Self-esteem. Complex stuff.
Can you still like or even love yourself if you’re not rich or thin or intelligent or married or have children, if you’re not famous, not infamous, just you?
Muriel/Mariel is a lonely young woman who is bullied by family and frenemies alike.
She’s overweight, underambitious and doesn’t know who she is. Her answer is to lose herself in the world of ABBA music and dream of getting married as though somehow that will solve all her problems.
After taking some drastic steps, Muriel/Mariel has adventures – laughs, cries, lives and learns there are more important things in life. She learns to love herself and realizes that’s enough, for now.
Hard to believe this movie was almost 20 years ago. Still wonderful.
Toni Collette shines and burns brighter and brighter as she grows in the movie.
Rachel Griffiths gives her usual dazzling performance.
There are so many amazing, funny, and poignant scenes, you really just have to see it to love it.