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Absolutely Fabulous - White Box
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Edina and Patsy are back and devastatingly divine in this extra fabulous special, with a hilarious guest appearance by Nathan Lane! Edina has been bitten by the home makeover bug and wants to redecorate the kitchen. The trouble is, she's awfully fuzzy on the specifics. At wit's end, Eddy and Patsy shop for inspiration -- under threat from Saffy to make a decision -- but will they fail and have to resort to redecoration regression therapy?]]>
The regular supporting cast is on hand, as are several guest stars making cameos, including Laurie Metcalf as a charlatan past-life "regressor" and Nathan Lane as a campy decorator. The extras are also notable, including the original skit that launched Ab-Fab, and a great behind-the-scenes mini-doc hosted by Saunders. Champas, darlings? --A.T. Hurley
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With Saffy (Julia Sawalha) in Africa getting married, Eddy (Jennifer Saunders) decides to renovate the kitchen...again. She calls in her old friends Bettina and Max (Miranda Richardson and Patrick Barber), but Bettina's concept of "white box" soon causes more trouble than Eddy wants. Meanwhile Patsy (Joanna Lumley) is in hospital for some "pay as you go" procedures. Adding to the chaos are Marshall and Bo (Christopher Ryan and Mo Gaffney), on the run from the authorities following their latest fraudulent television ministry.
Needless to say, by the time Saffy returns home, the kitchen is still in a shocking state. Convinced the answer lies in one of her myriad past lives, Eddy organises for a regression to find the kitchen of her dreams...
It's fun catching up with old characters Max and Bettina (previously seen in the "New Best Friend" episode from Season 2), plus there are some great cameo roles for Nathan Lane as an eccentric designer, and Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") as Eddy's psychic medium. Home design guru Sir Terence Conran also puts in a fleeting appearance. And don't forget the always-hilarious Mother (June Whitfield) and Bubble (Jane Horrocks).
It's been a long time in coming to DVD, but fans of AbFab are sure to love it!
Other returning characters included Bubble (Jane Horrocks) and Edina's mother (June Whitfield). Guest stars included designer Terence Conran (as himself), Laurie Metcalf as a regression "expert" and Nathan Lane as a designer named Kunz. Overall, "White Box" was a very funny, earns a rating of 4 out of 5 stars and is highly recommended to any "Absolutely Fabulous" aficionado.
Yes, it is horrible and irreverent, but it is SO funny! These 2 women are so over the top that everything that is offensive is somehow forgiven.
I just know it was exactly what I needed after the day I had today!
The funny thing is that now as everyone's aged it's Edina who's the voice of reason amongst this group of eccentrics.
Unfortunately, Julia Sawalha is still allowed to play Saffy with too much anger and throws off the whole balance of the show (and the comedy). (In the first three series she was annoyed by her mother but always clearly had tolerance, patience, and love for her, while in the later series she's just too bitter and angry ALL THE TIME for the show's own good.)
Kudos to Jennifer Saunders for getting Ab Fab back on track. If Saffy were just tweaked a little this could be a great show again -- especially now that Edina's got a granddaughter and (flashing forward a few years) Eddie and Patsy could be a wonderful pair of Auntie Mames.
Kudos also to Laurie Metcalfe as a past life regressor. She's proved to be quite a talent in this, even with very physical comedy like slipping out of a shiny-surfaced plastic white chair (where every single move and eye movement was perfectly choreographed).
What I do know, however, is how disappointing "White Box" is and what a travesty it would be if this remained the finale to one of the funniest television comedies ever to slam martinis on the airwaves.
The largest single problem with this episode is the writing. To begin with, the two plots: Saffy's getting married and Edina wants to redo the kitchen. Both of these plots have been done on the show already. Saffy had a wedding in "The Last Shout" and Edie redid her kitchen in "Doorhandle." So the plot receives no points for originality. I know it's common for writers to steal from each other ... but from one's own pen?
What's worse, however, is how entire sequences are so frustratingly incomplete.
For example, Saffy gets married about five minutes into the program then announces a hugely important problem ... only for it, and the wedding, to be never spoken of again. What did Saffy do about it? Does her mother even find out about the marriage crisis? Who knows? I sure don't from watching "White Box."
Bo and Marshall show up. Nice. It's always fun to see them, however they don't really do much this time. Why are they even there? They announce that they're being chased by the FBI ... and then they promptly vanish. No one sees or even talks about them ever again. It's simply just a big case of What's the Point? Why introduce a character if they're not going to do anything?
And then the finale of course.Read more ›
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Ab Fab is hilarious and I have all of their seasons and specials on DVD.Published 6 months ago by B. Lewis
another great show by the brits. a must have to own in my bookPublished 11 months ago by gary rinard
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This is the very last AbFab episode to air in the U.S., and it has never been released here on DVD, so it is not part of any other AbFab DVD set you may have purchased. The bonus materials on the disc, however, can be found on other AbFab sets.
Sep 6, 2007 by C. Bumgarner | See all 8 posts