Mamma Mia! | Chicago Reader

Mamma Mia!

All singing! All dancing! All squealing! The money-minting Broadway musical has been adapted into 2008's most aggressive chick flick, with a score of irresistibly catchy ABBA tunes sweetening the dumb story like peaches in cottage cheese. Bride-to-be Amanda Seyfried (of the HBO series Big Love), who's never met her father, discovers three likely candidates (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard) in the pages of her mother's purloined diary and invites them all to her Greek island home, much to the consternation of mom (a badly overtaxed Meryl Streep). Aside from the music, the movie's sole pleasure is Christine Baranski as Streep's brassy pal; tall, leggy, and self-assured, she turns her one solo number, “Does Your Mother Know,” into an unexpected showstopper. Phyllida Lloyd, who mounted the Broadway and London productions, directed.

Credits

Director:

  • Phyllida Lloyd

Cast:

  • Meryl Streep
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Colin Firth
  • Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd
  • Julie Walters
  • Dominic Cooper
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Christine Baranski

Writer:

  • Catherine Johnson

Producers:

  • Judy Craymer
  • Gary Goetzman

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