What do you get when you combine the musical stylings of ABBA, Meryl Streep, and middle-aged men have in common? Mamma Mia!
Sophie is getting married to the man of her dreams... Much to the chagrin of her mother, played by Meryl Streep. Donna will stop at nothing for her daughter's happiness. However, she could have never bargained for such a tall order: three of the skeletons in her closet are attending the wedding... As Sophie's could-be fathers!
My Commentary: I have to admit, my initial reaction to this film was, "NO WAY am I watching a musical with Pierce Brosnan! It goes against my religion!" Eventually, through the promise of laughter and mind-numbing hysteria, my roommate used her superior intelligence to get me into the theater. You may ask: Was there laughter? My reply: Heaven's yes!
I laughed so hard that I nearly cried. There were even moments of horror. Let me say, for the record, that it should be illegal for Pierce Brosnan to reveal his chest in public. Everyone in the theater grew noticeably uncomfortable. Just keep your darn shirt on!
And I'm making it known that any film with an impromptu wedding automatically receives no higher than a 6 for my rating. Seriously. It's beyond cheesy when someone yells, "Well, we've got the flowers, bridesmaids, and priest! Why don't WE get married instead???!!?" Not cool.
Rating: ***** (5 out of 10)
Interesting Parting Note: Mamma Mia! raked in about $400 million worldwide... Impressive.