Mamma Mia!

  • PG
  • Phyllida Lloyd (2008)
  • UK / US
  • 104 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Not since the invention of fondue has 1970s cheese been this hot. This shiny, happy romantic comedy set to Abba's greatest hits has already proved a winning formula on stage and with this big-screen adaptation it's been taken up another notch. Meryl Streep sings her heart out here as ageing rock chick-turned-hotel owner Donna, whose daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is about to get married on the Greek island where they live. But the wedding is thrown into chaos when three of Donna's ex-lovers (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard) turn up. Each has a case for being Sophie's father, but only one stakes a claim on Donna's heart. It's a feather-light story patched together with little elegance or élan, but that's entirely fitting when the film is populated with big, brash disco numbers like Dancing Queen and Voulez-Vouz. The fun is in watching usually straight actors like Streep, Brosnan and company throwing caution to the wind and making up for weak vocals with infectious gusto.

Plot Summary

Musical romantic comedy featuring the music of Abba, and starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan. On an idyllic Greek island, young Sophie Sheridan prepares to marry the man of her dreams. But a problem looks set to blight the big day as the bride doesn't know who her father is. So Sophie sends out invitations to three men who might fit the bill, hoping to solve the riddle once her guests arrive.

Cast and crew

Cast

Donna
Meryl Streep
Harry Bright
Colin Firth
Sam Carmichael
Pierce Brosnan
Sophie
Amanda Seyfried
Bill
Stellan Skarsgård
Rosie
Julie Walters
Tanya
Christine Baranski
Sky
Dominic Cooper
Father Alex
Niall Buggy
Piano player on boat
Benny Andersson

Crew

Director
Phyllida Lloyd

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Jul 2008
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy
Music

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