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Mamma Mia!

A 2008 movie starring Meryl Streep

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No Expectations, Pleasant Surprise

  • Dec 19, 2008
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"Mamma Mia"

No Expectations, Pleasant Surprise

Amos Lassen

There isn't a whole lot to say about "Mamma Mia" that has not been said but I will try. I was living in Israel when Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest and "Abbamania" took over Europe. I think I knew every Abba song by heart and as much as it was bubblegum music, I loved it. So when I heard that there was going to be a Broadway musical with Abba songs, I wondered how they would do it. I never got a chance to see it on Broadway so I had to wait for the movie for which I had no great expectations. I enjoyed every minute of it.
The surprise is, of course, Meryl Streep who really fooled me with her singing. I have admired her as a dramatic actress but never though I would see her lay down her hair like she did in "Mamma Mia". It really doesn't matter that she is no great singer but what she did in this movie was great.
The movie is not much more than pure fun. It is an inventive film and the incorporation of the songs was great. Because the movie does not take itself seriously is what, I think, made it so enjoyable. It is light and enjoyable and I am now a dyed in the wool Meryl Streep fan.
The plot itself is fluff but putting that aside, it is also great fun. The cinematography is beautiful, the cast is having fun, the sound is great and Greece has seldom looked better. It is the music and the actors that make this movie special and one that everyone should see for the pure pleasure.

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review by . July 08, 2008
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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Mamma Mia! is a fictional musical based on the songs of Swedish pop band ABBA. A movie based on the musical was released in summer 2008, and starred Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried. Both the movie and the musical have been internationally popular and commercial successes.

The story takes place in the Greek islands, and begins with Sophie, who is getting married. Because she doesn't know who her father is, she invites her mother's previous lovers to the wedding, and tries to deduce the mystery.

Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical that has been seen by more than 30 million people in 160 cities and 8 languages around the world. Bringing the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group ABBA to movie audiences, Summer 2008 is the season for MAMMA MIA!

Produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, MAMMA MIA s all-star cast which, in addition to Meryl Streep, includes Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper. (Universal Pictures)

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she s raised alone. For Sophie s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski) from her ...
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Genre: Music, Musical
Release Date: December 16, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 108 Minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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"A Decent Soundtrack"
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