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Mamma Mia

A Interactional Presentation
at Friday Night Movies:

Sing-A-Long Mamma Mia

Friday the 20th of February
Pot luck supper @ 7pm
Movie @ 8pm

  A mother. A daughter. Three possible fathers. Take a trip down the aisle you'll never forget
--Original tagline

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USA: 2008 -- Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Written by Catherine Johnson
Starring Meryl Streep, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski & Amanda Seyfried

...Here We Go Again.


The delirious sight of Meryl Streep leading a river of multigenerational women singing "Dancing Queen" is one of the high points of Mamma Mia!, the musical built around the songs of the hugely popular pop group ABBA. The plot sets in motion when Sophie (Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls), daughter of Donna (Streep), sends a letter to three men, inviting them to her wedding--because after reading her mother's diary, she suspects that one of them is her father. When all three arrive at the Greek island where Donna runs a hotel, Donna flips out and finds that passions she thought she'd laid aside are coming back to life. But let's face it, the plot is not the point--it's a ridiculous contrivance that provides an excuse for the characters to sing the massive hits of ABBA. Regrettably, first-time film director Phyllida Lloyd (who directed the original stage production) has drawn over-the-top performances from everyone involved, even Streep; every production number hammers its exuberance into your eyeballs. Which is too bad, because Mamma Mia! is a rarity: A middle-aged love story. The kids start things off, but the story is really about Streep and the three guys (former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, former Mr. Darcy Colin Firth, and Swedish star Stellan Skarsgard), as well as Donna's best friends (Christine Baranski, best known from the TV show Cybill, and Julie Walters, Calendar Girls). It's a romantic comedy aimed at the people who were around when all these songs were new, and that's an age group Hollywood largely ignores. For that alone, Mamma Mia! deserves to find an audience.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and an ABBA Gold CD.


Awards

Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Meryl Streep

Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

Nominated for Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor: Pierce Brosnan

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