" What about that accent? She probably does it just to impress people.”
“Oh, yeah, like that big phony Winston Churchill. "
— Marilu Henner & Steve Martin, L.A. Story

MRQE Top Critic

My Neighbor Totoro

Picture quality improved over previous releases, new extras an added bonus —Marty Mapes (DVD review...)

Neighbors make themselves at home on Totoro

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Like this summer’s My Best Friend’s Wedding, this movie looks and sounds like an easy romantic comedy. But also like MBFW, the story is much more complex and not nearly as easy. Muriel loves weddings and wedding dresses. She can hardly wait for her own. But Muriel is not too bright, she’s overweight, and she’s a little unstable emotionally from an unpleasant family life, making her an unlikely candidate for marriage.

Muriel leaves home, where she’s a spoiled child, for the big city (Sydney, Australia). Slowly, and with help from her friend Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths), Muriel grows up and realizes she needs to take control of her life. At the end, Muriel is not better off, but at least she realizes what she needs to do. The ending of the movie is the beginning, for adult Muriel. Toni Collette (who gained weight for the role) gives a wonderful performance as the complicated Muriel.