After its run as a West End hit in London, MAMMA MIA became a Broadway smash when it opened in New York back in 2001. With a story framed around the music of the Swedish pop band Abba, crowds loved its raucous, dance party vibe. Now it comes to the silver screen, with some truly delightful performances from the likes of Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. It is the story of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) a young woman living on a picturesque Greek island with her mother, Donna (Streep.) Together, Donna and Sophie run a ramshackle island inn, and they are in the midst of preparing for Sophie's wedding. As the wedding approaches, Sophie becomes troubled by the fact that she has never known her father. She was the result of one of her mother's summer flings, and her mother has never revealed her father's identity. When Sophie stumbles upon her mother's diary, she learns that there are three possible men who could be her dad. Without telling her mother, she invites all three to her wedding. When Harry (Colin Firth), Sam (Brosnan), and Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) all arrive at the same time, Donna is of course shocked and overwhelmed by seeing her old lovers again after such a long time. She turns to her two best friends, Tanya (Christine Baranaki) and Rosie (Julia Walters), for their support, and vows to just get through the wedding and weekend. Meanwhile, Sophie spends time with each man, determined to learn the truth.
Major hijinks and confusion ensues, all amidst the utterly romance scenery, and the rather irresistible, swelling love ballads. Streep has a lovely singing voice, and to watch her throw herself into this whimsical role is truly a delight. She looks like she is having a ball, and it is hard not to shimmy along with her. Baranski reliably delivers an over-the-top showstopper, and Brosnan's tender singing voice makes his character all the more touching. The film strives to be a jubilant celebration of mother/daughter relationships and the love between good friends, and no matter how cheesy some may find Abba, it is hard to resist its many charms.
Abba - Swedish Pop Group 1970s-1980s
Stellan Skarsgaard - Actor
Stellan Skarsgard - Actor
Phyllida Lloyd - Director, MAMMA MIA!
Benny Andersson - Composer (formerly of ABBA), SONGS FROM THE SECOND... (2002)
Catherine Johnson - Screenwriter, MAMMA MIA!
Meryl Streep - American Actress
Mary Louise Streep - American Actress
Pierce Brosnan - Irish actor, Remington Steele/the 5th James Bond
Julie Walters - British Actress
Christine Baranski - American actress
Tom Hanks - Oscar-winning actor/director/producer
Thom Hanks - Oscar-winning actor/director/producer
Bjorn Ulvaeus - Swedish Composer/Member of Abba
Dominic Cooper - Actor, STARTER FOR TEN, (2007)
Amanda Seyfried - Actress, MEAN GIRLS, MAMMA MIA
Colin Firth - British Actor
Rita Wilson - Supporting actress and producer
Mark Huffam - Co-producer, QUILLS
Haris Zambarloukos - Director of Photography, CAMERA OBSCURA (2003)
3 stars out of 4 -- "[Streep's] chemistry with co-star Pierce Brosnan is palpable. Streep and the rest of the cast appear to be having the time of their lives." - 07/18/2008 USA Today
"Playful exuberance is the order of the day....['Waterloo'] lures you into a glorious world of upbeat melodies, glitter, sequins and flares, and leaves you dancing out of the cinema." - 09/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.68
3 stars out of 5 -- "There's a joyous 'Dancing Queen'....It's full of super troupers and smiles." - 09/01/2008 Empire, p.64
"Set on a stunning Grecian isle, MAMMA MIA! is a frenzied farce....Get ready to dust off those old ABBA discs on vinyl. Because afterwards, you'll want to keep this party going..." - 07/14/2008 Premiere