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Mamma Mia! The Movie
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Sophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now she just has to find out who he is... Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming Mamma Mia! The Movie. Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast, including Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth - as well as up-and-comers Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, in this musical celebration of mothers, daughters and fathers, and true loves lost and new ones found. Based on the Broadway smash-hit and filled with the ABBA songs you know and love, it's the feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing over and over again.
The delirious sight of Meryl Streep leading a river of multigenerational women singing "Dancing Queen" is one of the high points of Mamma Mia!, the musical built around the songs of the hugely popular pop group ABBA. The plot sets in motion when Sophie (Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls), daughter of Donna (Streep), sends a letter to three men, inviting them to her wedding--because after reading her mother's diary, she suspects that one of them is her father. When all three arrive at the Greek island where Donna runs a hotel, Donna flips out and finds that passions she thought she'd laid aside are coming back to life. But let's face it, the plot is not the point--it's a ridiculous contrivance that provides an excuse for the characters to sing the massive hits of ABBA. Regrettably, first-time film director Phyllida Lloyd (who directed the original stage production) has drawn over-the-top performances from everyone involved, even Streep; every production number hammers its exuberance into your eyeballs. Which is too bad, because Mamma Mia! is a rarity: A middle-aged love story. The kids start things off, but the story is really about Streep and the three guys (former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, former Mr. Darcy Colin Firth, and Swedish star Stellan Skarsgard), as well as Donna's best friends (Christine Baranski, best known from the TV show Cybill, and Julie Walters, Calendar Girls). It's a romantic comedy aimed at the people who were around when all these songs were new, and that's an age group Hollywood largely ignores. For that alone, Mamma Mia! deserves to find an audience. --Bret Fetzer
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.53 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 4649660
- Director : Phyllida Lloyd
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 49 minutes
- Release date : December 16, 2008
- Actors : Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski
- Dubbed: : Spanish, French
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001GKJ2DY
- Number of discs : 1
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The 3 star rating I gave it reflects the seller - I first have to credit the seller for providing the film and allowing me to buy it, it was delivered promptly without damage and that is truly appreciated. My only qualm with the product is that it smelled like 'old lady perfume' as soon as I opened it. It smells like cheap air-freshener (the kind in a dollar store) and I can only assume that is where the movie came from - but the problem is that that horrid smell does not ever truly go away - it lingers and possesses the plastic jewel case and paper ad-art. I have always had a strong sense of smell; I could probably track people for the FBI with my sense of smell, so something like this is just incredibly aggravating and agitates and exacerbates my allergies.
No one (who is normal with a normal sense of smell) could probably understand these plights, so I don't expect anything, but it's still a cross one must bear. I had to switch jewel cases with a movie I didn't like, but the paper insert still has that stench that I can only hope airs out in 20 years.
Why must people overcompensate with such foul aromas?
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Neben dem Musical, den Coverbands und den vielen Fans, ist das eines der Größten Denkmäler, an eine wunderbare Band, den man für ihre Musik und ein Lebensgefühl danken muss ... THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC - ABBA!