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Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia!
Movie Rating:
 7/10
DVD Rating:
 8/10
Overall Rating:
 8/10


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Starring:
Meryl Streep
Pierce Brosnan
Amanda Seyfried
Colin Firth
Stellan Skarsgard


Special Features:
Sing-Along!: On-Screen Lyrics for 22 Musical Numbers!
Deleted Musical Numbers: "The Name Of The Game"
Feature Commentary with Director Phyllida Lloy

Other Info:
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 109 min
Rating: PG-13

Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming Mamma Mia! The Movie. Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast, including Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth - as well as up-and-comers Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, in this musical celebration of mothers, daughters and fathers, and true loves lost and new ones found. Based on the Broadway smash-hit and filled with the ABBA songs you know and love, it's the feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing over and over again.

Quick Review:
I don't understand the people who hated "Mamma Mia!". I mean, seriously, do you actually walk into a theater (or, in this case, rent a DVD) that's a MUSICAL based on a stage play based on the song catalogue of ABBA and not know exactly what you're getting? And even if you're a huge fan of the stage version - I'll admit, I am one such person-the film version is a faithful adaptation ... not to mention a bunch of goofy fun.

When Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) gets a good read of her mom's old diary, she's shocked to find out that Donna (Meryl Streep) had, shall we say, many beaus in her youth. Even more shocking - three of the said beaus (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgard) could be Sophie's father. Set to a roster of ABBA tunes, people sing and dance their way through preparations for Sophie's wedding, where she's hoping to be given away by her bio-dad ... whichever one he turns out to be.

Gotta say, first off, neither Brosnan nor Firth have singing careers to look forward to-but who cares, they're still perfectly cast as two of Donna's three former suitors. Her friends (Julie Walters and Christine Baranski) are also great fun, and you get the feeling watching them that they either really bonded or may have been a little drunk. Everything is campy and loud and bright and happy - just like ABBA. And Streep and Seyfried can actually sing, which is a plus. This is a film for those of us not looking for big action, CG, drama, or thought. It's all bubbles and sparkles here, and that is absolutely OK. "Mamma Mia!" is exactly what it says it is. It veers towards strident occasionally, and it's so broad at times that you're forced to remember it originated on a stage, but for fans of musical theater, that might be even be considered a bonus!

Again, it's a film you either love or hate, and if you love it, buy it. The Two-Disc Special Edition features Audio Commentary by Director Phyllida Lloyd, a Deleted Musical Number: "The Name of the Game, and seven featurettes: "The Making of Mamma Mia! The Musical," "A Look Inside Mamma Mia! The Movie," "Behind the Scenes with Amanda," "On Location in Greece," "Anatomy of a Musical Number: 'Lay All Your Love On Me'," and "Becoming a Singer." As if that weren't enough, there's a "Gimme Gimme Gimme" Music Video, some Deleted Scenes and Outtakes, a look at the Bjorn Ulvaeus Cameo (he's from ABBA ... duh), and a Digital Copy of the Film.

In Conclusion:
Full of Swedish pop and happy fluff, if you're a musical aficionado, this one is a hoot, so grab a tasty beverage full of ice and a few ABBA-loving friends and dance around with a hairbrush microphone.


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