If you're the kinda person whose skin doesn't crawl at the thought of having "Dancing Queen" stuck in your head, go see Mamma Mia!, the latest Broadway-based flick to hit the big screen. The movie, like the play, is based on stories told through the catchy songs by pop supergroup ABBA, the only awesome thing to come out of Sweden in the '70s besides a certain incomprehensible Muppet.
The film follows Sophie, (Mean Girls' Amanda Seyfried) a young bride-to-be searching for the father she never knew to give her away. Her mother Donna is a pop star turned Grecian hotel owner, played flawlessly by Meryl Streep, who continues her quest to make every other Hollywood actress look bad.
Turns out Donna banged three dudes around the same time and has no idea which one fathered Sophie. Unbeknownst to her mother, Sophie starts hanging with the trio of possible dads--Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), Harry (Colin Firth) and Sam (Pierce Brosnan, who can't sing a lick, but, nevertheless it's a riot to watch James Bond shimmy in sequins)--and as should be expected, shenanigans and random fits of singing ensue.
Thanks to lavish scenery, giddy choreography and impeccable casting, Mamma Mia! translates effortlessly from the stage to the screen, unlike past Broadway hits like The Producers, Rent and The Phantom of the Opera. Despite taking 20 minutes to get on its dancing feet, the movie will leave audiences--presumably full of females--grinning over its sweet ending and catchy songs.
And just like Sex and the City, Mamma Mia! will prove that ladies can be a major box office draw. It may not reach gargantuan levels like Iron Man, but let the boys have their toys. We've got Meryl.