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!
Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper join Streep in this celebration of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads.
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-divorcée Tanya (Christine Baranski)-from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.
On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.
Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! Where do I start? The entire premise of the film is not family-friendly. First of all you have Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) born out of wedlock that is now grown up, about to be married, and wants to find her dad so he can give her away. But according to her mother, Donna’ (Meryl Streep) diary in the year she was pregnant, she slept with three men. Not being clear on which one is the father, Sophia invites all three to her wedding. Donna captures the theme in her own words “I was a stupid and reckless slut”.
This plot is surrounded or should I say smothered in songs (made famous by the group ABBA) almost to distraction. Love without commitment tends to be empty and shallow much like the storyline in this film. Most songs in musicals are created to follow the story. “Mamma Mia!” seems to have songs that are mainly thrown in to slightly fit the situation and plenty of them. Don’t get me wrong, if you like ABBA you will find “Mamma Mia!” an entertaining movie. But it is not a family-friendly film.