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Mamma Mia!

A 2008 movie starring Meryl Streep

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Meryl was a very naughty girl 20 years ago...

  • Jan 25, 2009
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    Mamma Mia! is about Sophie (played by the very talented Amanda Seyfried) who wants her father to give her away at her wedding.  Only problem is: she doesn't know who the father is! So she reads her mother (played by Meryl Streep)'s diary dated near the time of her conception and finds 3 potential candidates (She takes her mother's promiscuity a lot better than I would have).  Her plan is to invite them all to the wedding and find out who her father is. But of course, it's not as easy as she thought it would be.
     Overall it's a cutesy movie set to very catchy Abba songs. Meryl Streep did   a great job acting and singing. And I'm a huge fan of Mr. James Bond, but he should definitely stick to just acting. I think they tried too hard to get good actors for the movie and in the process ended up with mediocre singers. Kind of expected more…

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November 29, 2009
I agree that the men in the movie were sub-par. The women were terrific and energetic, and I found myself singing those songs for hours (even though I wasn't crazy about them when they came out.) Meryl Streep is probably the best actress of the last 20 years or so. I agree with everyone that I should have seen the musical first, though.
November 29, 2009
Great review!  I loved this movie!  It was really sweet and I don't know how I managed to forget to put it on my Favorite Chick Flicks list.  I'm with ya about how Sophie takes her mother's promiscuity far better than most of us would have!
January 27, 2009
oh i wish i saw the play! i think almost every story is better in play form. but you should watch the movie if you haven't seen it yet. it's better than some but not as good as most. :)
January 25, 2009
Did you also happen to see the musical of this? Any comparison? I need to watch the movie.. haha I've put it off but my friend can't stop talking about it so I figure it's worth watching! =)
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Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I love this movie. Meryll and Amanda pull off their rolls perfectly...and the songs are pretty rocking too.
review by . December 28, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Excellent performances by all involved; the music is still great after all these years.     Cons: Mr. Brosnan can’t sing.     The Bottom Line: In my estimation Mamma Mia! deserved all of the hype surrounding its release…     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I am usually not one for musicals, but I did enjoy the music of the Swedish Pop group ABBA like everyone seemed to in ‘70’s …
review by . April 21, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Writing a "critical" review of this movie would be an exercise in futility. This film is a throwback to the ensemble productions of the 1930s. A bunch of very talented people, some of whom are inconceivable in these roles, all coming together and having a great time together.     Everything works, even the parts that don't.     It's a silly plot line (a young girl on the eve of her wedding trying to find who of three men is her father), the singing is often …
review by . January 03, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
A cold, gloomy, nasty afternoon in a hotel in Canada. Five hours until warm-up time in the orchestra pit. Take a walk? ¡Ni modo, Quasimodo! Rent a flick? Why not!     You'll have to believe me that I have no prior ABBA consciousness, despite the fact that I spent half my childhood in Sweden. I was in Mediterranean and Caribbean lands when they 'conquered' the Anglophone pop music world. I heard or read the name. Honestly, I thought they were another 'heavy metal' or Swedish vampyr …
review by . December 19, 2008
"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 …
review by . December 15, 2008
Beautiful Sophie, who lives on a Greek isle with her mother (Meryl Streep), is about to get married and wants her father to give her away, but who IS he? Twenty years ago, Mom had flings with three men. Each man receives an invitation to attend the wedding and Sophie is sure she'll find her dad among them.      This is a total chick flick for not-so-spring chickens (like me). I liked it okay, but I was expecting to really love it. It's a fluffy, sun-drenched giggle-fest, …
review by . September 03, 2008
Mamma Mia!
Meryl Streep gets to show her funny side once again, playing Donna, a single mother struggling with the upkeep of her hotel on a small Greek island while raising her only daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried)     Sophie's about to get married, and is desperately seeking someone paternal to give her away. By sneaking a peek at an old diary, she contacts Harry, Bill and Sam (Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard and Pierce Brosnan) thinking that she can solve the mystery.     Short …
review by . July 08, 2008
Many know or are familiar with the music; "Mama Mia!" is all ABBA; fun, whimsical, outright blissful and enjoyable. The question is how does this movie soundtrack hold up? The answer is that it's pretty good. Right off hand, I felt some of the movie versions of these songs were a bit too campy and lacked the hard-to-capture spirit of the original. The songs where Pierce Brosnan sings on made me cringe, really taking me as a listener out of the song and making me feel thankful that he isn't featured …
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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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