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Mamma Mia!
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Starring: Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried,and a whole bunch of others.
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Nope.
Date Movie: It's a dudette movie, through and through.
Gratuitous Sex: Some innuendo.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Only some of the singing.
Memorable Scene: Any time Pierce Brosnan sings.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Phyllida Lloyd
Produced By: Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman

Mamma Mia!
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:48 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I sort of remember seeing the stage performance of "Mamma Mia!" though yes, I do remember I really enjoyed it, but I generally enter a movie adaptation of a musical with much trepidation because rarely do they ever work, and sadly, for me, I thought the same about the big screen version of "Mamma Mia!" Not that there werenít the fair share of dudettes in the theater that seemed to love it, but for me, as I stirred in my seat through most of the movie, not until Sam (Pierce Brosnan) started singing did I really laugh, and I donít think I was supposed to.

Letís get to itÖ

A synopsis of the movie that I read on a website I check out relates that the story of "Mamma Mia!" is really the story of a tramp, a hussy if you will, broken up with a man she thinks she loves, only to find herself, for the next couple of weeks, sleeping with men to, well, sheís sleeping with men. She has a kid, doesnít really know who the father is, doesnít really care, and raises the girl to be a good kid. In any 2008 scenario, when the three dads are reintroduced into the life of the daughter, we could probably see them all on an episode with Maury Povich, but since this is a feel-good musical, set to the music of ABBA, letís dispense with the 2008 reality and make it all nice and sweet, so that, at the end of the movie, we just want to get up, and sing, and dance to "Dancing Queen." So, hereís the feel-good synopsis Ö

"Mamma Mia!" is the story of a tramp, a hussy if you will, broken up with a man, oh, wait, Iím sorry, "Mamma Mia!" is the story about a single mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), struggling to make her Greek resort a viable place for tourists, and her daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), is about to get married to some dude. Donna is having a hard time wrestling with the idea that Sophie is growing up and will be leaving the nest, and Sophie is flustered because she doesnít know who her dad is. Now, Sophie, as teenagish/twentyish-year old dudettes are wont to do, when they find their momís old diary, finds the identity of the three men who might be her father (the fact that her mother slept around a lot doesnít seem to bother her) and decides to invite the three dudes, Sam (Brosnan), Harry (Colin Firth), and Bill (Steilan Skarsgard) to the wedding, in the hopes of finding out who her father really is (going on Maury would have been so much easier). Donna is freaked to find out the three dudes are on the island, especially since she doesnít know the underhanded dealings of her daughter, Donnaís friends are in town to help her sing and dance through her turmoil, and yup, as opposed to an episode of "Maury," there is really no yelling and screaming, and with the music of ABBA, all will live happily ever after.

Okay, look, I know Iím being probably overly-critical of the story of the movie, but for me, in "theater musical" to "movie musical" history, I really didnít like "Mamma Mia!" for many of the same reasons I usually donít, namely that the film folks forget the quaintness of the theatrical version and try to create this grand, visual masterpiece; it never looks like the actors are "singing" their parts, nor can most of them act when they are pretending to sing; and for the sake of movie timing, the movie people cut out stuff.

And then, for this movie, there was Pierce Brosnan.

Look, I generally like Mr. Brosnan as an actor, thought he was fantastic in "The Matador," but when he started singing during "S.O.S.", whether intentional or not from the filmmakers, the crowd started laughing, and so did I, and I think that was wrong. And Iím not going to go into how Pierce got cast in this movie, but whether intentional for his comedic singing, or because he looked good on screen, sadly his role just let me know this movie had no chance to live up to the stage version.

A lot of dudettes in the theater seemed to have loved this movie, I didnít, so to be fair to everyone Iím going to simply split my giving it 1 star out of 5 with the dudettes in the theater giving it at least 4 stars out of 5, leaving the rating for "Mamma Mia!" at 2 Ĺ stars out of 5. See the trailer and if you like it, well, youíll be in the 4 star side Ė if not you might just poke your eyes out, but not your ears, because who doesnít want to hear ABBA songs sung by people who canít really sing?

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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