...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.

Agreed. Was made to feel like I had heart of stone when I went to pics to see it. I hated it.

The dcs love it tho hmm

SorrelForbes Sat 20-Jul-13 20:51:49

Yep, it's arse. I love musicals but this was utter tripe.

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Sat 20-Jul-13 20:53:18


Only comparison I have found is Les Miserables. That is also tripe.

HollyBerryBush Sat 20-Jul-13 20:53:33

It was bloody awful wasn't it? we gave up half way through and googled the end

Trifle Sat 20-Jul-13 20:53:50

No, the Sound of Music is by far the biggest pile of shite, bar none.

Shakey1500 Sat 20-Jul-13 20:54:31

Oh I know <groan>

<whispers> BUT I have been known to watch it on my own as a pick me up. Purely for the Greek scenery and atmosphere you understand <glances around nervously lest there be other musical aficionados that recognise me> grin

Ragwort Sat 20-Jul-13 20:55:14

I liked it blush, saw the stage version and then the film, went with a crowd of female friends, was a great night out. Not so keen on watching it at home on the tv though.

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Sat 20-Jul-13 20:55:34

YABU. I bloody love it <boogies>

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 20:55:45

Pierce Brosnan.
He cannot fucking sing for fucks sake.
And who the actual is this old hag??

Hassled Sat 20-Jul-13 20:55:47

You're not wrong.

I loved it at the cinema though. It's just not a film that can stand any repetition.

southeastastra Sat 20-Jul-13 20:55:52

yabu, it's just a fun movie.

Geordieminx Sat 20-Jul-13 20:56:05


cafenoir Sat 20-Jul-13 20:56:17


UnexpectedStepmum Sat 20-Jul-13 20:56:42

Aw come on. Sing-along-a Swedish vacu-pop. What's not to like?

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 20:57:04

I was willing the Nazis on in the Sound of Music. Whilst chewing my fist.

Mrsrobertduvall Sat 20-Jul-13 20:58:02

I watched it about 3 years ago for the first time, and was amazed at the sheer horror of it.

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 20:58:06

Abba=Leg ends(sic)
Mamma Mia= load of wank

toomanyfionas Sat 20-Jul-13 20:58:17

I went to the stage how and was gobsmacked by how crap it was.

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:00:38

Even repeat of Top Gear on with those 3 wankers on BBC3 is better than MM. And they could toss for UK. And probably do.

SirSugar Sat 20-Jul-13 21:01:45

Dreadful tosh, YANBU

Badvoc Sat 20-Jul-13 21:02:03

Just the worst casting EVER

PseudoBadger Sat 20-Jul-13 21:02:36


southeastastra Sat 20-Jul-13 21:02:55

i dunno colin firth singing is quite nice to watch

JakeBullet Sat 20-Jul-13 21:03:15

Hated it at the cinema but now I <whispers> love it for a flakey night in with pink wine.

moggiek Sat 20-Jul-13 21:03:15

Really embarrassing! YANBU.

Breezy1985 Sat 20-Jul-13 21:03:24

I liked it the first couple of times, but DD has since become obsessed with it and after the millionth viewing, I can no longer stand it!!

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:03:50

DD is trying to persuade me to take her to see Smurfs 2.
Over my dead fucking body....
Oooh BBC3 have a Family Guy Speshul on later. Now that I LOVE.

DuttyWine Sat 20-Jul-13 21:03:59

Yanbu! The French and Saunders piss take of it is brilliant though.

BigW Sat 20-Jul-13 21:05:26

YANBU (I think, but I've never got further than the first 10 minutes and that was like torture)

IcouldstillbeJoseph Sat 20-Jul-13 21:05:42

I have never agreed with an AIBU thread more


YoungBritishPissArtist Sat 20-Jul-13 21:05:49

The woman who plays Sophie is a good singer, the rest sound like cats with their tails trapped in a window.

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:07:18

Meryl Streep is caterwauling again.
If she doesn't stop I'm staging a dirty protest...

squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 21:08:49

YANBU it's a soppy, saccharine, singy, snoozefest.

Considering the calibre of some of the actors in it Meryl Streep, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, Colin Firth......................those must have been some big fat cheques that they waved at them.

I like plenty of crappy films myself (Three Men and a Baby anyone?) but am baffled how this hogwash became one of the highest grossing films of that year.

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:09:37

Three men?? Holy shit.

Ooh I like it so does my dd so took her to the musical stage version and that too was great

Thank fuck. I thought I was the only person in the world who hated every millimetre of this 'musical', stage or (especially) screen version.


squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 21:11:41

All musicals, aside from Oliver, are shite.

Jamdoughnutfiend Sat 20-Jul-13 21:11:43

God it is so awful! But DH seems to like it so can't turn over (bah!)

suchawimp Sat 20-Jul-13 21:11:53

Love it!!

Just pure sing a long, kitschy, pop fun!

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:11:56

Right. Dirty protest it is then.

Leeds2 Sat 20-Jul-13 21:12:06

I loved it at the theatre, and on DVD!

dirtyface Sat 20-Jul-13 21:15:21

ha ha i am watching it

and i like it blush

and that dominic someone (who plays the daughters husband to be) is just ridiculously FIT

Ujjayi Sat 20-Jul-13 21:15:21


Yes, it's utter piffle; agree no one can sing tunefully; it's schmaltzy and camp. BUT it is totally wonderful, escapist nonsense in which the cast look as though they are loving every second smilegrin

squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 21:16:43

The Dominic actor guy is so not fit, he looks like a Mediterranean leprechaun.

fatlazymummy Sat 20-Jul-13 21:18:25

Hate the film, love the songs when they are performed by the original artists.
I agree with those posters who say all musicals are shit. Unless Dirty dancing and Flashdance count as musicals (I don't know, there's a lot of music in them)

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:19:46

Grease is the only decent musical.

YANBU, I remember getting it out on Lovefilm, I only managed to watch 10 minutes of it, it's tripe!

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:21:00

The biddy at the end of the TouchNet ad looks like she is in need of a TenaLady

ArtisanLentilWeaver Sat 20-Jul-13 21:22:14

Nice scenery, hellish film.

SCARYLITTLEFAIRY Sat 20-Jul-13 21:23:26

It's the stereo types and poor accents that bother me!

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sat 20-Jul-13 21:23:57

It is spectacularly bad and IIRC Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar for it.

Strange times, strange times.

That said, Stellan Skaarsgaaarrrrddd is a hot scandi pepaw and I'd take him over Aleksander ANY DAY.

kim147 Sat 20-Jul-13 21:25:13

I love Mamma Mia - ok the plot is crap but the scenery is great and it's got Abba in it.

What's not to like grin

ArtisanLentilWeaver Sat 20-Jul-13 21:25:17

"Brosnan, especially, was savaged by many critics: his singing was compared to "a water buffalo", "a donkey braying" and "a wounded raccoon", and Matt Brunson of Creative Loafing Charlotte said he "looks physically pained choking out the lyrics, as if he's being subjected to a prostate exam just outside of the camera's eye." grin

purplewithred Sat 20-Jul-13 21:27:35

Loathed every second.

TheHandbagOfGlory Sat 20-Jul-13 21:27:46

Squoosh grin yy to Mediterranean leprechaun.

It's one of those films that laydeez are meant to like but are rubbish. I remember reading many times that people's favourite film was Breakfast At Tiffanys so I excitedly bought the DVD and it was utter shite. Such a disappointment.

llynnnn Sat 20-Jul-13 21:30:38

YABU, love a good musical smile

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:33:33

Streep is getting it on with Brosnan
Properly boaking.

ChocChaffinch Sat 20-Jul-13 21:34:20

ah it's lovely :-) love Julie Walters and the Swedish (?) guy getting it on

VerlaineChasedRimbauds Sat 20-Jul-13 21:35:13

Grease is the only decent musical shock

Mintyy Sat 20-Jul-13 21:35:56

Yanbu. It is totally unwatchable. My dd and her friends loved it when they were about 10 - nuff said.

TheHandbagOfGlory Sat 20-Jul-13 21:37:04

I shouldn't really be allowed to comment as I do have a soft spot for Grease 2 blush but its so cheesy it's good!

Feminine Sat 20-Jul-13 21:37:24

I hated it. I actually couldn't believe what I was seeing!

In 1982 I (with my sister) got hold of the 'Super trooper' album, and made an entire play round it!

I was 10/11.
This tripe was the same , only with adults shock

SnoopySnoopyDoggDogg Sat 20-Jul-13 21:37:50

Oh god I wish I'd seen this thread two hours ago sad

Just wasted my evening watching it waiting for it to get good, seeing as everyone raved about it and I get shock faces whenever I mention I haven't seen it.

What a load of wank.

but I'd still do Brosnan...provided the volume was off

gremlindolphin Sat 20-Jul-13 21:37:53

I hate it too! Thought i was the only one for ages! xx

Catmint Sat 20-Jul-13 21:38:07


The only decent musical is The Slipper and The Rose.

It is awful and the irony that because its set in a beautiful hot country that's its ok for her to not know who the father of her daughter is isn't lost on me! If it was set in the uk it would be a docudrama and we'd all be calling her a bit of a slut! grin

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:44:58

Grease? What's not to love? I was 9 when it came out and it was just the best thing ever. At least they sang in tune and could act...unlike that wank fest MM that has just finished...

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:45:53

PS I haven't watched all of ET either. The bit I saw was one big cinematic turd.

squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 21:46:49

Grease is so depressing, gives me the serious blues. Sophie's Choice is less grim.

kim147 Sat 20-Jul-13 21:48:45

I love musicals - I think the fact DF was into amateur dramatics when I was young influenced me.

Just the idea of randomly bursting into song and dance as you walk down the street grin

I think people should do that in real life. Would make life interesting.

LottieJenkins Sat 20-Jul-13 21:51:35

I love MM! grin
I did say on my FB last time it was on...."Can you imagine this lot on Jeremy Kyle?"
"So Donna you have slept with three men and you don't know who the father is????"wink

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 21:54:39

Facebook=MM=load of shite

Burmobasher Sat 20-Jul-13 21:56:48

So glad there are some like minded people, it's fucking awful. I couldn't believe how bad it was when I watched it. To the point of cringeworthy.
I thought maybe I was missing something in my genetic make-up as everybody else seemed to love it.

katykuns Sat 20-Jul-13 22:01:53

It is the cheesiest thing I have ever watched, but I kinda appreciated it for being a bit silly and eventually got into it and enjoyed it. I think it was massively overrated though.

girlwith I adored Les Miserables film musical... I literally looked like shock when I read your comment xD

LackaDAISYcal Sat 20-Jul-13 22:07:09

Mmmm, got this for Mother's Day a few years ago. Eventually took it out of the wrapper and watched it a few weeks ago...and wished I hadn't bothered!

Although...the storyline itself was quite funny. If this had been a foreign comedy with unknown characters and no Abba soundtrack (think along the lines if Mediterraneo) it would have been a rip roaring success in my book. Meryl Streep, Pearce Brosnan and strangulated renditions of classic pop...erm No.

LackaDAISYcal Sat 20-Jul-13 22:08:30

kim147, isn't that what flashmobs are all about?

MrsSparkles Sat 20-Jul-13 22:09:12

YABU - its so much fun! In fact DH and I were discussing today why this was so successful, but Viva Forever just folded and We will rock you is rubbish (the story not the music).

I think we just love ABBA. I have it on DVD yet always find myself watching it on ITV2 when it's on.

squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 22:11:05

It would appear that all the Mamma Mia fans are also exclamation mark fans.

I'm sure there's an important message there, I'm just not sure what it is yet.

FreudiansSlipper Sat 20-Jul-13 22:16:25

its utter crap meryl and co look at us we are crazy and having such a great time being crazy

and the oh so funny bit after the credits is utter rubbish

lymeregis Sat 20-Jul-13 22:20:02

I love it.

KatOD Sat 20-Jul-13 22:41:16

Nope it truly is utter dogshit and it is time I will never get back.

anonacfr Sat 20-Jul-13 23:06:13

Come on Grease is shite!!!! The actors are all 20 year older than their characters and way to teach girls how to get their guys...

MM made me laugh because none of them could sing (Brosnan and Firth in
particular were just diabolical) but they all look like they're having so much fun.
And no, Streep did not get nominated for an Oscar.

MrsDimples Sat 20-Jul-13 23:11:50

YANBU x a million.

ComposHat Sat 20-Jul-13 23:17:25

i saw the second half of it on TV and it was so bad I thought it was a parody. I couldn't believe it was so awful so had to watch til the end.

utter wank.

ChippingInHopHopHop Sat 20-Jul-13 23:20:24

It is great. Cheesy, fun & lighthearted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

<Exclamation marks purely for Squoosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!>


iclaudius Sat 20-Jul-13 23:26:39

Torture utter torture

ClartyCarol Sat 20-Jul-13 23:27:45

Watched it with DH - his verdict "What. A. Fucking. Pile. Of. Shite." Spoken exactly like that, with fullstops and capital letters.

I rather enjoyed it and even downloaded the Mediterranean Leprechaun and Sophie's version of Lay All Your Love On Me.

I'd love to go to Santorini.


It's an hour and a half I won't get back.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Jul-13 23:30:33

Yanbu yet I find it perversely enjoyable blush

FunLovinBunster Sat 20-Jul-13 23:31:05

Even the mention of MM is making me feel stabby.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Jul-13 23:31:38


I think that version of Lay all Your Love on Me is in large part why I like the film. Which makes it worse really blush

SorrelForbes Sat 20-Jul-13 23:32:50

I'll give a second vote for Grease 2. How can you not admire the brilliance of lurics such as: Reproduction, reproduction, make my stamen go berserk.

LondonMan Sat 20-Jul-13 23:36:21

I saw the movie a while ago, it's definitely the worst thing I've ever seen, in 15 years of watching every movie that Sky put out.

I'd say it was like watching paint dry, but it wasn't that interesting, more like watching dry paint.

The only time it came alive briefly was in scenes featuring the daughter. (To long ago to remember her name.)

I speak as someone who watches and usually manages to enjoy virtually every chick flick I come across.

filee777 Sat 20-Jul-13 23:36:28

I love it, I do agree that meryl and pierce are awful in it though

Just a great film!

I also love Chicago and of course grease.

CanadianJohn Sat 20-Jul-13 23:37:30

Loved the stage version, hated the movie.

squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 23:38:04

Poor Pierce, a lovely man who's had a tough time lately.

ElephantsEye Sat 20-Jul-13 23:45:11

I like musicals.
I like Colin Firth.
I like Meryl Streep.
I like Julie Walters.
I like Pierce Brosnan.
I like Greek scenery on the telly.
I like Abba.

Can't stand Mamma Mia.
Thanks OP; until I read your thread I thought I was alone.

Stereolab Sat 20-Jul-13 23:45:36

I have never watched MM. People have always insisted that it is wonderful. I refused to believe them.
This thread makes great reading. Vindicated at last. How can a plot squeezed from the lyrics of Abba's back catalogue possibly be worth watching? And a singing Pierce Brosnan ...........

creighton Sat 20-Jul-13 23:45:49

you youngsters clearly don't know what a good musical is. singing in the rain is the ultimate musical, grease is nasty and vulgar, mama mia is just sheer indulgence for all involved, the scenery is very nice.

ClartyCarol Sat 20-Jul-13 23:50:10

Alisvolapropiis - glad I'm not alone. I have wine fuzzied memories of a load of people with face paint dancing round them and it almost being a bit pagan and quite sexy. Loved the chemistry between them.

'LondonMan' - watching dry paint grin. What's the best chick flick then? I have One Day to watch on DVD, saving it for when DH is out so he can't grumble about how shite it is.

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!

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

London Man

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


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the best musical surely?

Or Oklahoma?

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

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.

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.

Dumbledoresgirl Sat 20-Jul-13 23:57:49


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?

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


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...

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 Sun 21-Jul-13 00:08:35


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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


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

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:


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

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!

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

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 ...

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.

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

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.

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

sing terribly obviously blush

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

All musicals, aside from Oliver, are shite.

Even this one?


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

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

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

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