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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lindy West Does the Impossible…

posted by on July 17 at 10:41 AM


….and makes me not only willing but hungry to see the goddamned ABBA-movie-musical-starring-Meryl-fucking-Streep Mamma Mia!.

My expectations for the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! were low. Very low. My expectations were so low that they dug a hole all the way to China and were walking around upside down asking for a fork (my expectations never learned how to use chopsticks). But oh, how young and wrong I was then! Mamma Mia! is pure entertainment. Sparkling and earnest, hammy beyond all acceptable boundaries of ham, full of slow-motion leaping and young love—it’s the movie equivalent of, well, ABBA. The cast rules: Meryl Streep is adorable; Pierce Brosnan sings (TERRIBLY) and stands on a cliff looking windswept in front of an Aegean sunset. Mamma Mia! entertained the shit out of me.

Read the whole thing here. (And see you at Mamma Mia! this weekend! I’ll be the one cowering in shame!)

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I've been psyched ever since I heard Meryl Streep was in it. How can I not want to see Meryl Streep sing ABBA?

Posted by Abby | July 17, 2008 10:43 AM

YES YES YES! I had very low expectations and at the screening on Tuesday night I was overjoyed with how fun and campy the film is! Meryl Steep you slayed me!! I loved it! The audience clapped after songs! It was super fun!

Posted by NikT22 | July 17, 2008 10:45 AM

why is nobody making fun of that tan freak on project runway yet? girlicious? someone is bucking for a t-shirt slogan.

Posted by robo | July 17, 2008 10:55 AM

Meryl Fucking Streep?

What an unusual middle name.....must be a family name or something.

Posted by Hartiepie | July 17, 2008 10:57 AM

meryl fucking streep and pierce fucking brosnan. got that? PIERCE FUCKING BROSNAN. do you really want to subject yourself to that?

Posted by brandon | July 17, 2008 11:01 AM

I recently (like, two days ago) learned that straight people like Abba for reasons that are totally different from gays'. I always just assumed that the only way to enjoy them was on a drag queen level, and it boggles my mind to think that it's possible to be sincerely entertained by this music. I mean ... isn't that kind of a waste of camp?

Posted by mattymatt | July 17, 2008 11:06 AM

@5: Oh God yes.

Posted by Abby | July 17, 2008 11:09 AM

After reading the review, I'm perplexed... I thought there was a gay kiss... at the end, yes, after the banquet scene in the "Take a Chance on me" number. I know Firth pulls his hunky Greek up from their seats and they dance, but I thought they kissed too.

Then of course, there's that lovely burst water pipe scene with shirtless Greek boys everywhere.

Posted by Me | July 17, 2008 11:26 AM

@5: I agree with Abby.

@3: From now on, every season someone is going to try and be Christian.

Posted by Original Monique | July 17, 2008 11:33 AM

Mamma Mia, like so very many musicals, is a classic example of brilliant music coupled with an inane book.

Anyone who derides ABBA and can't embrace their inner ABBA is a troglodyte.

It's fun pop music at its best and not pretending to be anything else.

Posted by michael strangeways | July 17, 2008 11:41 AM

am i really able to see Meryl Streep's cameltoe in that picture? hmm..


Posted by diggum | July 17, 2008 11:44 AM

Lindy West is totes brill

(totally brilliant)

My expectations were so low that they dug a hole all the way to China and were walking around upside down asking for a fork
Posted by Non | July 17, 2008 12:08 PM

Going to an actual live ABBA concert in the late 1970s as a teenager should have been my first clue that I was gay. Alas, I was oblivious. But I have been consumed by ABBA goodness ever since.

The iconic gay ABBA movie was already done to perfection in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It's only fair that the heteros get a chance to do something fun with it.

Q: is there a preserved ABBA turd in Mamma Mia!?

Posted by Reverse Polarity | July 17, 2008 12:09 PM


Seems so, and that's why overalls are evil.

Posted by keshmeshi | July 17, 2008 12:14 PM

She's making a perfect curly bracket: }

Posted by Fnarf | July 17, 2008 12:47 PM

Fnarf wins!

Also, when I look at that picture, I like to imagine that it's Sophie, ecstatic over finding her daughter alive and well after all these years.

Posted by David Schmader | July 17, 2008 3:19 PM

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