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...to say that Mamma Mia is the Biggest Crock of Shite Ever?

(127 Posts)
FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 20:48:44

Meryl Streep et al murdering Abba.
Christ on a bike.

Purplecatti Sun 21-Jul-13 09:26:31

Yanbu. I've never managed to sit through that tripe, and musical films are usually my favourite

exoticfruits Sun 21-Jul-13 06:46:48

I loved it- a real 'feel good' film.

Numberlock Sun 21-Jul-13 06:30:46

All musicals, aside from Oliver, are shite.

Even this one?

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louisianablue2000 Sun 21-Jul-13 01:14:03

sing terribly obviously blush

louisianablue2000 Sun 21-Jul-13 01:12:47

But it's hilarious. The first time DH and I watched it (with a large glass of vino each) we pissed ourselves laughing every time a song started and we worked out what the latest plot twist was actually leading to. And yes, Pierce Brosnan is terrible but so what? Wouldn't you sing terrible on a Greek Island to be in the biggest grossing movie of all time?

It's also a fantastic feminist film. It easily passes the Bechdel Test, it has a wonderful celebration of real women's bodies in the performance of Dancing Queen, the men are there purely as the love interest, the overall feel of the film is very liberal WRT sexual behaviour (no-one judges the Streep character for sleeping around, the gay subplot is handled positively, Christine Baranski gets to completely turn around the rather dodgy lyrics of 'Does your Mother Know?' in the cougar subplot, women over the age of 20 are shown to be sexually active).

OP, YABU and obviously were far too sober to watch it. And Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the best musical ever, purely for the Barn Raising dance scene.

lilyliz Sun 21-Jul-13 01:10:28

at least you can sing along to the songs but most musicals are a crock of sh*t.who walks along the street and suddenly burts into song,not me

Teamjavert Sun 21-Jul-13 00:56:51

People did get up and dance when I saw it,which made it much more entertaining than my next viewing when it was released on DVD. It is pretty dire,now,looking back,not that I ever thought it was a 'good' film,but each to their own.

kitnkaboodle Sun 21-Jul-13 00:54:15

Thank God!! I'm so relieved to read this. I hated every minute of it. I hate the ex-pat, colonial feel of the whole thing, the way the Greeks are relegated to being servants and black-garbed stereotypes, their country a backdrop fit only for the cavortings of the 'important' English characters (PC - moi??!) The daughter wasn't even given a relationship with a Greek man, FGS

I had the pleasure of seeing this at the local flea pit where no-one, repeat NO-ONE was joining in or laughing at the post-credits bit. Everyone just sat there in embarrassment. Were we supposed to all get up and dance or something?? Ain't happening in this rural backwater ...

creighton Sun 21-Jul-13 00:46:11

actually, calamity jane is not shabby either, all these musicals make me wish I took tap dancing lessons

creighton Sun 21-Jul-13 00:42:45

hernow, the heavy weight actors are not desperate, they just wanted to show their fun side and earn some easy money so they can take some meaningful plays to rep with the Steppenwolf theatre group don't you know!

moominmaiden Sun 21-Jul-13 00:37:45

I love Calamity Jane, particularly the scene where Wild Bill urges Calamity to 'admit that she's a woman' by having a good cry grin.

Mama Mia was absolutely shite, although it did spawn this so I can't really complain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fUXBqeb4BE

Skip to 4:50 if you're in a hurry grin.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 21-Jul-13 00:37:05

creighton

I'd be hard pushed to pick an actual favourite, I love so many of the old musicals. Except Carousel,because there's too much sad and not enough singing grin

ll31 Sun 21-Jul-13 00:34:27

Loved it so there! But really loved les mis too.....

creighton Sun 21-Jul-13 00:30:38

don't really know Oklahoma, seven brides is fab but singing in the rain is the best.

Sidge Sun 21-Jul-13 00:17:40

I saw MM at the cinema with a friend when it came out.

We were late in so ended up in the seats right at the front.

I hated it, and thought it was because we had duff seats and the film was all distorted.

I have seen it on DVD since and I realised I hate it because, actually, it's just shite.

And I bloody love Abba.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 21-Jul-13 00:08:35

Silver

I know, I know, I know. I shouldn't still like it. I suppose on an intellectual level I don't - but it reminds me of being little watching it with my Nan.

Silverfoxballs Sun 21-Jul-13 00:03:58

The songs on seven brides feature the rape of the Sabine women and my favourite line how men can't sleep with a herd of sheep confused

Mama Mia is grade A shite, I fell asleep during some of it, thank God.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Jul-13 23:58:37

squoosh

I insist you do not ruin Seven Brides for me! grin

I wonder if that's where I got my liking for ginger men from...

YADNBU

DH and I went to try and see it at the cinema for our annual night out (sad but true). It was fully booked and we had to sit through the horror that was 'Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging'.

Years later, dh bought me the dvd of Mamma Mia.

Turns out, Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging is a better film. Who would have thought it?

Viviennemary Sat 20-Jul-13 23:54:09

I totally loathed every minute of it when I saw it in the cinema. But most people I know loved it.

squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 23:53:29

I quite like Seven Brides, that age old tale of romantic abduction by a tribe of ginger brothers.

Calamity Jane is quite sing-alongable too, but there I draw the line.

Figgygal Sat 20-Jul-13 23:53:06

Loved the French and Saunders spoof watched it on you tube recently so funny!!

I saw it at the cinema was only film I've ever done that for so have happy memories but god it was Soooo awful! Meryl streeps mincing was quite unforgivable grin

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Jul-13 23:51:17

creighton

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the best musical surely?

Or Oklahoma?

ClartyCarol Sat 20-Jul-13 23:51:08

London Man

hernow Sat 20-Jul-13 23:50:17

yanbu so rubbish can't believe the actresses and actors who took part in it were so desparate for work or so crazy as to think it might help their careers to take on something like that or just what were they thinking!

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