Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya.Written by
Dawn French was originally cast as Rosie. After the creators described her character as "the fat, funny one," and the Musical Director was clearly not impressed with her singing, she declined the role. In her autobiography "Dear Fatty," Dawn said that she is a fan of ABBA, but she is not a fan of "Mamma Mia!" She only originally agreed to do the film because Meryl Streep was starring. See more »
At the chapel, Sam has just proposed to Donna. She says she's not a bigamist. Sam says neither is he and that he has loved Donna for the past 21 years. To his right stands Sophie, who after hearing Sam say this, is all choked up and looks like she's about to burst into tears of joy. Immediately after you see this expression we see Donna very briefly (one or two seconds). When the shot goes back onto Sam and Sophie, Sophie has a huge grin on her face. Nothing is said by Donna or Sam in this extremely brief period of time that would justify her instantaneous change of expression. See more »
I better be dreaming, you better not be here.
You want me to pinch you Donna?
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After the final scene of the movie Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Julie Walters appear on a sound stage in matching 1970s glam-rock costumes and sing "Dancing Queen". When they finish Meryl 'asks' the audience if they want an encore. The three ladies are then joined by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard who are similarly attired. Along with Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, they provide a rendition of "Waterloo" as the main credits roll. See more »
The song (and scene that accompanied the song), "The Name of The Game", was removed from the film, but reinstated as a special feature in the DVD release. See more »
I did enjoy this romp in the Greek Islands and was surprised at how well Meryl Streep sang. It's light, full of froth and bubble and perhaps has some aspects of Grease and Bollywood in it. The reason the music works I feel is that they haven't really messed with the arrangements of the songs keeping them generally faithful to the Abba originals. But Pierce Brosnan's vocal efforts were abysmal, almost laughable. Perhaps it was meant to be a send up of the original songs all the way through but he really did manage to mangle the vocals in my opinion. If you have seen the musical on stage you will know what to expect and there are some funny moments in the film and the Greek islands are as always a superb backdrop for the action.
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