Film review: Mamma Mia!

posted at 6:40 pm on September 7, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Just buying the tickets to this film felt like a guilty pleasure. What could be more cheesy than a movie musical with serious actors like Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgard — based on the songs of ABBA?  I practically had to drag the First Mate to the theater, but when the end credits rolled, she was sold on Mamma Mia!, and so was I.

How does one go about writing a plot that would allow ABBA’s famously frothy music to support a libretto?  It’s simple: make it as complex as possible and play it broadly.  Sophie, a young bride-to-be, wants to have her father give her away at her wedding, but has a problem: she has no idea who it might be.  The three possible candidates, none of whom have seen her mother Donna for 21 years, all respond to Sophie’s wedding invitation, and well … hilarity ensues.  Harry, Sam, and Bill all show up, and Donna has to come to terms with her past.

It’s not Shakespeare — well, it sounds a little Shakespearian, but I’m pretty sure the Bard of Avon didn’t have his actors singing “SOS” and “Dancing Queen”, and probably avoided penis jokes.  Too bad, though, because it mostly worked.  Mamma Mia! doesn’t take itself too seriously and its energy and its songs are infectious.  ABBA fans, as I was, will remember the songs, with slight changes to lyrics assisting the storytelling, and it has a few very touching moments, especially with “Slipping Through My Fingers,” one of ABBA’s best-written songs, and “Our Last Summer”.

The cast sings the songs themselves, and that also works … mostly.  For those who watched Meryl Streep in Postcards from the Edge, her amazing vocals will not surprise, but for many it will be a revelation.  Being the star, she can’t actually steal the movie, but Streep makes it clear that no one else will.  Amanda Seyfried (“Big Love”) makes the most from Sophie, giving a star turn as ingenue.  Christine Baranski and Julie Walters are hilarious as Tanya and Rosie, Donna’s best friends and former back-up singers, and they sing surprisingly well.  Baranski has a great time with “Does Your Mother Know” while reversing the song’s May-December orientation.

The men don’t do as well with the singing, but deliver good performances otherwise.   Brosnan has already taken heat for his vocals, which very quickly get out of his depth; Firth gets off easier with a lighter turn in “Our Last Summer”, and Skarsgard only chips in with a throwaway part in the final “Take a Chance On Me”.  Give them all high marks for courage, anyway.

Not everything works in this movie.  “The Winner Takes It All” doesn’t make sense, either lyrically or in its staging, and should have been cut.  A few moments veer dangerously close to camp, and some of the dancing numbers look ragged at the edges.  Really, though, Mamma Mia! isn’t a movie to be taken seriously anyway — it’s some escapist fun with great actors, beautiful scenery, and bubbly-fun music.

It’s not Shakespeare, but it’s fun, and it’s a fine diversion for a Sunday afternoon.

Update: I fixed the typo, but really, I had to drag the First Mate down to the theater. In fact, my best friend lives down the street from me and we both loved ABBA back in high school — and she suggested I take him instead. He and his wife joined the two of us for the movie, in the end.


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slow news day, eh?

vcferlita on September 7, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Capt. Ed:

You are a real man to admit you liked an Abba movie.

Mr. Joe on September 7, 2008 at 6:46 PM

the sad thing about this is that back in the day you could have gotten HUGE stars, much bigger than streep or brosnan, and they would have been great singers and dancers, too. I don’t care how much coke Judy would have to buy from Barry, bring back the studio system!

AdrianG on September 7, 2008 at 6:47 PM

I’m embarrassed for you, Ed.

Cicero43 on September 7, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Musicals aren’t my thing. But its good to come here and see something other than politics once and while. I remember when Allah previewed the demo for Bioshock, it was a tastey treat.

AbaddonsReign on September 7, 2008 at 6:48 PM

I saw the play in Las Vegas… I heard Dancing Queen in my head for weeks…

I had to sing:

Feelings
Nothing More than Feelings
Trying to forget my Feelings of Love

To clear my head.

originalpechanga on September 7, 2008 at 6:49 PM

I seriously thought this as going to be the best Rick Roll of all time.

D0WNT0WN on September 7, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Streep really is a great singer. Trust me, she’s really that good.

Slow news day? No, I just decided to crawl out of the basement for a few hours.

Mr. Joe, it’s worse than that; I discovered that I’m still an ABBA fan while watching this movie. I’m digging around for my 1970s vinyl as I write this.

Ed Morrissey on September 7, 2008 at 6:49 PM

I think I speak for the whole Hot Air community when I say that I’m glad you found a nice break to go to the movies. With the way you update over the weekends sometimes I was getting worried about you!

(Also: Great movie!)

TheNolan on September 7, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Has Palinmania broken you Ed?

D0WNT0WN on September 7, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Mr. Joe, it’s worse than that; I discovered that I’m still an ABBA fan while watching this movie. I’m digging around for my 1970s vinyl as I write this.

Bravest blogger ever.

Slublog on September 7, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Slow News Day?

OUT: Hollyweird Musicals

IN: Humping Robots

Guardian on September 7, 2008 at 6:51 PM

I practically had to drag the First Mate to the theater

Dude, it’s the other way around, right?

It’s just a simple mistake that I’m sure you’ll fix, kinda like this:

moview

I await the edit.

toliver on September 7, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Capt. Ed:

You are a real man to admit you liked an Abba movie.

Mr. Joe on September 7, 2008 at 6:46 PM

John McCain loves Abba.

eski502 on September 7, 2008 at 6:53 PM

I The First Mate practically had to drag the First Mate me to the theater,

FIFY.

Or,
This is not the Captain Ed I used to know.

rbj on September 7, 2008 at 6:54 PM

…Nope, still not as epic as The Dark Knight.

ZK on September 7, 2008 at 6:56 PM

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Akzed on September 7, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Ed, as hard and long as you have been working, you deserve time off for anything that you desire. Kudos for your hard work.

carbon_footprint on September 7, 2008 at 7:00 PM

I kinda want to see this movie, because I like Abba too. Nothing wrong with liking light and fluffy music. Also, musicals rock! My favorite is South Pacific – I sing the songs to my kids as lullabies.

Now, though, I have so many musical songs running through my head, I can’t see straight!

Anna on September 7, 2008 at 7:02 PM

I love ABBA but won’t be seeing any movie with Streep in it, and I don’t care how well she sings. She’s a leftist tool and I boycotted her a long time ago. I can still see her at the Oscars the year the lefties decided to make a political statement by wearing the silver dove pin. No thanks. I love Colin Firth though, darn it. One of her better quotes – “If everybody that had two cars had a Prius instead of an SUV, we wouldn’t be in the Middle East right now.”

Glynn on September 7, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Goodness Gracious…………… not another one?

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM

I just got back from my Dads 81 birthday lunch eager to get some new HA Red Meat and find that Ed has served up a big patter of jello for desert.

Oy.

Oyver.

1GooDDaDDy on September 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM

Not jello. Fruit salad. Jello is gross.

Anna on September 7, 2008 at 7:05 PM

DEAR LORD NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

must kill it, die die die

sven<——–hears his dead mother humming dancing queen now

sven10077 on September 7, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Not that it matters much, but Pierce Brosnan absolutely detests Bush as well as Streep. He calls Bush “this thing”.

If we boycotted every actor and actress for their political views, we’d have to settle on watching John Wayne movies and re-runs of Magnum P.I.

And Ed, a movie based on ABBA? We’ve all been worrying about AP and now this too?

SteveMG on September 7, 2008 at 7:07 PM

sven10077 on September 7, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Damn! Now you’ve done it. It’s in my head now too!

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on September 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Remember as well: the biggest ABBA fan in the world is G. Gordon Liddy.

Once Sarah Palin is in office, this will all be fixed.

SteveMG on September 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

The last time I saw a movie based entirely on a record was “Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. No thanks.

jgapinoy on September 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Saw the play, and was pleasantly surprised at how well the story fit the music. Of course, being teh ghey helps with ABBA, but even the most straight, macho dudes can’t help but do a little toe-tapping when ABBA comes on…

JetBoy on September 7, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Remember as well: the biggest ABBA fan in the world is G. Gordon Liddy.

Once Sarah Palin is in office, this will all be fixed.

SteveMG on September 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

I don’t think Palin will fix that…McCain is a big ABBA fan too!

JetBoy on September 7, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Ed is just sucking up to McCain, who is also an ABBA fan. ;-)

Karl on September 7, 2008 at 7:10 PM

We’ll rent it when it comes out.

The only actor that will keep me away from a movie is Cloony. Ironically, I know George’s cousin and she’s rock solid politically.

Mojave Mark on September 7, 2008 at 7:11 PM

ABBA = FAIL.
Go see The Traitor. Best movie in theaters at the moment. Don Cheadle (who was in both Crash and Hotel Rwanda, the two best movies of the decade) plays an Islamic terrorist…or does he? If you loved the Bourne movies, you’ll like this. Not as nearly as awesome as Bourne, but good nonetheless.

malan89 on September 7, 2008 at 7:11 PM

Loved the Broadway musical….only mildly enjoyed the movie.

But I am glad that you enjoyed it, Ed.

IrishGirl17 on September 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

I don’t think Palin will fix that…McCain is a big ABBA fan too!

Then he’ll have to go too.

As I understand it, Liddy and McCain are friends.

SteveMG on September 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Hasn’t Mamma Misa been out for like two months now?

ToddonCapeCod on September 7, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Then he’ll have to go too.

As I understand it, Liddy and McCain are friends.

SteveMG on September 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

And for the record, Gordon Liddy’s favorite ABBA song is “Waterloo.” He gets disturbingly happy when it’s played as the bumper leading in from commericals.

fiatboomer on September 7, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Remember as well: the biggest ABBA fan in the world is G. Gordon Liddy.

I think Art Bell comes in a strong second.

toliver on September 7, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Geez. What was the last non-animated musical to come out of Hollywood? Newsies?

Tuning Spork on September 7, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Geez. What was the last non-animated musical to come out of Hollywood? Newsies?

Tuning Spork on September 7, 2008 at 7:20 PM

I can’t believe someone out there completely forgot about Chicago.

Not a big fan of musicals, especially of the motion picture variety, but I am an admirer of Katherine Zeta Jones, so when it came out on disk, I rented it and it was actually quite good.

SuperCool on September 7, 2008 at 7:27 PM

I’m a bit young for the ABBA craze, but I think the music is pretty good for being of that era. That said, I will not be watching this movie… A movie where Pierce Brosnan sings is not a movie I want to see.

Seixon on September 7, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Oh that’s just tooooo ghey!

Kini on September 7, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Might I suggest Spamalot next time.

Kini on September 7, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Shirly these producers could have put spring in your step.

Kini on September 7, 2008 at 7:44 PM

I actually went to Mamma Mia in Vegas at Mandalay Bay a few years ago.

SCGOPgirl on September 7, 2008 at 7:44 PM

I saw this live on stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Absolutely loved it.

Of course, I am an unashamed Abba fan.

:)

JayHaw Phrenzie on September 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM

If the motion picture is anything like the Broadway musical I saw some years ago…*GAG, RETCH AND VOMIT*

Across the Universe was a far, far more accomplished attempt at sqeezing a bunch of different tunes into a cohesive, coherent plot line. Plus, it was all Beatles tunes.

ManlyRash on September 7, 2008 at 7:46 PM

Shirly these producers could have put spring in your step. -Kini on September 7, 2008 at 7:44 PM

They could have…but they didn’t.

And stop calling me Shirly.

ManlyRash on September 7, 2008 at 7:47 PM

As I understand it, Liddy and McCain are friends. – SteveMG on September 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Hmmm…interesting. As I understand it, Obama and Bill “the unprepentant terrorist” Ayers are friends.

ManlyRash on September 7, 2008 at 7:49 PM

ManlyRash on September 7, 2008 at 7:46 PM

I remember seeing a preview for that in the theater, but I never saw it actually come out. I really wanted to see it, especially because ‘Across the Universe’ is one of my favorite Beatle songs. ‘Anna’ is my favorite of their songs, but really, I love 99.9% of theie work anyway.

I’m thinking I need to update my netflix queue.

Anna on September 7, 2008 at 7:51 PM

I knew Meryl could sing. Scroll down to song number 2 here.

MamaAJ on September 7, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Actually, Shakespeare was pretty into penis jokes and the like:

PETRUCHIO Come, come, you wasp; i’ faith, you are too angry.
KATHARINA If I be waspish, best beware my sting.
PETRUCHIO My remedy is then, to pluck it out.
KATHARINA Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies.
PETRUCHIO Who knows not where a wasp does wear his sting?
In his tail.
KATHARINA In his tongue.
PETRUCHIO Whose tongue?
KATHARINA Yours, if you talk of tails: and so farewell.
PETRUCHIO What, with my tongue in your tail? nay, come again.

-The Taming of the Shrew

That’s just a sample. There is more. He was a funny guy and he knew his audience.

29Victor on September 7, 2008 at 7:58 PM

wow ed, the conventions must have burnt you out!

jimmer on September 7, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Across the Universe was a far, far more accomplished attempt at sqeezing a bunch of different tunes into a cohesive, coherent plot line. Plus, it was all Beatles tunes.

ManlyRash on September 7, 2008 at 7:46 PM

Yeah, a really well done film. Great music of course, but the direction and cinematography is also captivating. Doesn’t take itself too seriously, but worth watching a few times.

dedalus on September 7, 2008 at 7:59 PM

John McCain loves Abba.

eski502 on September 7, 2008 at 6:53 PM

As do many of us. Based on Ed’s review, I now plan to see the movie. Thank you, Cap’n!

I dare you to sit still during Dancing “Queen.” Enjoying Abba was considered a guilty pleasure by those who disdained Disco, but their harmonies and production values evoked the uncomplicated joy of the Beach Boys’ early work.

Terrie on September 7, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Taming of the Shrew is also filled with sexual innuendo. Remember, Shakespeare wrote to make money, and the way he did that was to fill theatres. Appealing to the masses’ baser humor was definitely not off-limits for him.

I saw the stage show of Mamma Mia in New York a few years ago with my wife. I sang right along with the cast the entire way through the show.

I’ve heard the movie doesn’t measure up to the original show. Anyone able to compare?

nukemhill on September 7, 2008 at 8:07 PM

29Victor on September 7, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Reminds me of my 12th grade Brit Lit teacher, who informed us that every piece of British literature was brimming with sexual innuendo. Chauncer and Shakespeare were her favorites – nothing like sex to get high school kids interested in reading, eh? Good old Mrs. Canzano.

Anna on September 7, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Loved the Broadway musical….only mildly enjoyed the movie.

But I am glad that you enjoyed it, Ed.

IrishGirl17 on September 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Just saw this. I’ll keep it in mind. Sounds like a mildly enjoyable cheap date with my wife. We’ll probably go.

nukemhill on September 7, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Puh-leeze. This is one of the biggest girlie-man movies of all time. The “jokes” are dopey and stupid, and it was painful to sit through. The target audience is empty-headed women (particularly very middle-aged women) and gays. It’s the Sex & the City Hags ten or 20 years later.

Yes, Meryl Streep can sing, but that wasn’t enough to make this movie bearable. And Pierce Brosnan (who can’t sing) sounds like lambs being executied. Bonus: seeing how low a former James Bond fell–Turquose skintight jumpsuit and high-heeled platform boots.

Not sure how you call the plot “complex.” It was pretty simple, actually: a hippie single mother chick who was such a slut, her daughter who is getting married isn’t sure which of three men was her dad. Oh, and the mother and her two middle-aged female friends are in heat. What’s complex about that?

Debbie Schlussel on September 7, 2008 at 8:21 PM

The music of Abba, turned into a chick flick musical? What a nightmare. Come on, Grease and the Rocky Horror Picture Show are the only musicals worth seeing.

thekingtut on September 7, 2008 at 8:21 PM

I saw it about a month ago. I took my 27 yr old son and 24 yr old daughter. We all came out of the movie and couldn’t stop talking about it. I am an ABBA fan from waaayyyy back. My husband and I danced to their music in the late 70′s. Oh the memories.

It’s a feel good movie, no doubt. If you liked it you will love Muriels Wedding. Toni Collette steals that movie and I still think it’s the best thing she’s done so far.

jewells45 on September 7, 2008 at 8:32 PM

You want musicals with glitter and glam like ABBA

Then take a gander at this!

Kini on September 7, 2008 at 8:33 PM

Debbie, your comments remind me again why I never read you anymore. Try and have some fun girl.

jewells45 on September 7, 2008 at 8:35 PM

I wanted to see The Dark Knight on Labor Day weekend. But guess which one my partner begged to take her to see. Oh, yeah, this former princess of the Filipino disco scene had to take that trip down memory lane again, and hear her theme song, “Dancing Queen.” The dream sequence at the end was an added touch. By the way, Ed, in select theaters, you could have treated yourself to “Mamma Mia: The Sing Along Version.” I kid you not; a special edition just for Abba fans who can’t get enough of this stuff.

I found the whole thing mildly amusing, although the church wedding scene was a layer of extra cheese.

manwithblackhat on September 7, 2008 at 8:39 PM

Provincials, all!

I loved it. It’s the only movie in years I had this BSEG on the whole time. Granted, it was a stretch with the story line, but it wasn’t meant to be anything more than schtick to frame the ABBA songs. And I like ABBA songs.

There, I’ve admitted it.

Tennman on September 7, 2008 at 8:56 PM

I walked out of it. To me it was nothing but a bunch of free love liberals being.. liberals… and I liked ABBA music.

GoodBoy on September 7, 2008 at 9:01 PM

It’s not Shakespeare, but it’s fun. . . .

It’s shake-your-booty.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 7, 2008 at 9:13 PM

Completely unbelievable. I saw this movie several weeks ago out of painful boredom and there’s absolutely no doubt it was one of the most horrific movies I’ve ever seen. At least half the audience (eight in all) laughed through the entire movie. It wasn’t a comedy.

Three people walked out with one of them yelling “pathetic” as he exited the theater.

I don’t even know what else to say.

Gregor on September 7, 2008 at 9:20 PM

I have to agree with Debbie’s comment above. There wasn’t a single frame of this movie that could be considered complex. Were you drunk when you saw it Ed?

Gregor on September 7, 2008 at 9:23 PM

I thought it was fun, but Tony Head (Giles from Buffy) should have played Pierce Brosnan’s part. The first time he started singing, I couldn’t help it — I gasped. And then I shook with silent giggles every time he sang.

sarahk on September 7, 2008 at 9:32 PM

Re: Shakespeare…

I’d be surprised if you could find one of his comedies that’s completely free of low sexual humor. The man knew how to please his audience.

Re: Mama Mia…

You should see it live, if you get the chance.

ClintACK on September 7, 2008 at 9:34 PM

A couple of Saturday’s ago my 8th grade daughter said her teacher wanted their class to see a movie that was playing at the local discount theater ($3 for older movies…) So we also took my 9 year old and the little girl next door…

I was SHOCKED when it started out with a daughter discussing her MOTHER’S SEX LIFE! And I was with children!

Soon I was thinking are all these ABBA songs? Duh. I missed the ads… what can I say. And then the nostalgia took over and I had a good time. Hopefully the full impact of the morals went over the kid’s heads and they just heard pretty music.

Complex is not a word I would use. Although my husband and I did discuss the Shakespear angle and some greek plays that had similar patterns… groups of 3 friends etc…gayness…

(But then again we similarly disected the artistry of Speed Racer a while back. Anime you know?)

It was HILARIOUS and smutty, also the time line definetly did not work… twenty years ago was 1988 not 1968. And the girl should have gone ahead and gotten married.

petunia on September 7, 2008 at 9:50 PM

I’m an ABBA fan and I loved this movie. You just can’t NOT be happy leaving the theater after watching it. The only flaw is Brosnan. There ought to be a law banning him from singing again on camera EVER! But Firth’s number was really good.

SimplyKimberly on September 7, 2008 at 10:18 PM

The play was good. I’ll wait until the movie’s on cable to see it.

And real men never admit to liking ABBA, Ed.

jim m on September 7, 2008 at 10:29 PM

“Shirly these producers could have put spring in your step.”

And stop calling me Shirly.

jim m on September 7, 2008 at 10:30 PM

A few moments veer dangerously close to camp…

Actually, a number of moments leave the paved portion of the highway, crash through the guardrail, and flatten said ‘camp’ before lurching back onto the road and continuing on as if nothing untoward had happened. My wife made me go.

Chick Flick, redefined.

jackmac on September 7, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Sorry, Ed, but I had to comment. Some of these comments made me laugh out loud several times. Take it from me, folks, Ed is not only the bravest but I know he was also singing the lyrics along with the cast, maybe not outloud, but he was there in spirit. I should know, he sat on the other side of our wives and I could see his lips moving often. I must admit I was singing them too. Guilty pleasure or not, those songs were part of our youth and like other songs from our past, hold meaning and memories beyond our ego’s. It was a very fun movie to watch and you could just see by the energy on the screen, it must have been a lot of fun to be a part of the movie crew. I don’t always agree with Ed’s choice of movies (ask him about that awful Arkin flick that I still hold against him after almost 30 years) but I recommend this one, even if it’s just for the fun of it.

Consabo on September 7, 2008 at 10:57 PM

the heat Pierce Brosnan takes for his singing is a bit unfair. He’s not trained in singing and it becomes rather clear if you know what to listen for. His problem is simply that he’s not trained to sustain notes. Most of the reviews I’ve read note that, but don’t understand why.

Listen to the toast sing he sings after the wedding, he has no problem. this song which was written for him does not have the long sustained lines.

mvargus on September 7, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Dude.

spmat on September 8, 2008 at 12:10 AM

This is, by far, teh gheyest thing I have ever read on HotAir.com…

One possibility to explain this is that the average age of HotAir.com commenters/readers is 54 and this can be attributed to a generational gap in tastes. Hey, it could be that 30 years from now I’ll be online defending the new holographic musical comedy based on the music of Alice In Chains starring Dakota Fanning.

But with any luck, 30 years from now when I’m actually in my mid-50s I’ll still have enough sense to realize an Alice In Chains musical comedy is completely gh-e-a-a-a-a-a-ay.

ScottMcC on September 8, 2008 at 12:26 AM

I’m pretty sure the Bard of Avon didn’t have his actors singing “SOS” and “Dancing Queen”, and probably avoided penis jokes.

Full of ‘em! Penis-jokes, vagina-jokes, VD-jokes, whore-jokes you name it!

Tzetzes on September 8, 2008 at 12:35 AM

Saw it. meh…
Liked it ok.
Only really went for Amanda Seyfried. She’s probably a raving leftist too, but please–don’t tell me just yet.

urbancenturion on September 8, 2008 at 2:26 AM

ABBA???

Two things Ed…don’t go to the movies with Andrew Sullivan anymore…and beware, he may pull the “popcorn trick” on you.

LtE126 on September 8, 2008 at 6:25 AM

Ed, my daughter said she wanted to see that movie. I could think of no painless way to remove my own nads, so I told her to go and enjoy herself. Then I put my copy of Rambo (latest one) in the DVD player.

SKYFOX on September 8, 2008 at 6:40 AM

Dammit Consabo, Simon was hilarious. Even if I was the only person in Cerritos, nay, the world, who thought so.

Ed Morrissey on September 8, 2008 at 6:41 AM

Ed, I saw the Broadway version (on the stage), and it was wonderful. I highly recommend.

lionheart on September 8, 2008 at 6:52 AM

I have no interest in the musical/movie, but ABBA rulez. I chucked out most of my vinyl but hung on to the incomparable K-Tel release The Magic of ABBA.

saint kansas on September 8, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Capt. Ed:

You are a real man to admit you liked an Abba movie.

Mr. Joe on September 7, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Yeah a real beta. :P

I’ll wait for them to make a movie based off of the song of Aerosmith.

- The Cat

P.S. I would have said the Ramones, but they did that.

MirCat on September 8, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Just lie down, put a cold washcloth on your forehead and it will pass. God golly man, next you’ll be telling us that Besser was your favorite Stooge!

srhoades on September 8, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Just lie down, put a cold washcloth on your forehead and it will pass. God golly man, next you’ll be telling us that Besser was your favorite Stooge!

srhoades on September 8, 2008 at 11:08 AM

As a kid I laughed at Curley the most, but as an adult I appreciate Moe. He had the toughest job being mean(ish), abusive and funny at the same time, and letting the two clowns get the bulk of the laughs. He was a real trooper too. You remember the scene where, as a paperhanger, the precarious perch he’s on kicks out from under him and he goes down hard. I understand he hurt himself seriously on that shot, but kept the scene going until the director called “cut”. Don’t know for sure if it’s true, but I’d like to think it is.

SKYFOX on September 8, 2008 at 1:08 PM

SKYFOX on September 8, 2008 at 1:08 PM

I have been and always will be a Larry man. Larry stepped up to the plate when Besser refused to get slapped in the face and took the extra abuse to keep things going.

I believe the story you tell about Moe though. Lawarence Harvy had a cannon roll on his foot as they were shooting a scene for “The Alamo” but kept in character — he didn’t even grimmace. As he walks away at the end of the scene you can see him limping slightly. “Buster” Keaton broke his neck filming a scene for “Sherlock, Jr” and kept going too (almost drowned in “Our Hospitality” as well). Just proves that actors were real men back in the day.

srhoades on September 8, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Latest rumor: Selection of Sarah Palin for VP causing more conservative bloggers to see Abba inspired movies.

AverageJoe on September 8, 2008 at 2:30 PM

If only it didn’t have Meryl Streep.

Just can’t bring myself to support or want to see anything she does.

Hawkins1701 on September 8, 2008 at 2:36 PM