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Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters ... see more see more... , Dominic Cooper , Amanda Seyfried , Christine Baranski

Longing to discover the identity of her true father before she exchanges her wedding vows, the daughter of a once-rebellious single mother secretly invites a trio of paternal candidates to her upcomin... read more read more...g wedding in this feature adaptation of the beloved stage musical. Independent-minded single mother Donna (Meryl Streep) has always done her best to raise her spirited daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), while simultaneously running a successful hotel on a small Greek island, but now the time has come for this hardworking mom to finally let go. In just a few days, Sophie will be married, and Donna will stand by bittersweetly as her little girl takes flight. Of course, Donna's lifelong friends Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski) will both be present at the wedding, but unbeknownst to the mother, Sophie has furtively invited three very special guests of her own. When Sophie walks down the aisle on that fateful day, she wants her father to hand her off. The only problem is that Donna has never revealed the true identity of Sophie's father, leaving the resourceful future bride to narrow the list down to three potential candidates. Now, as three key figures from Donna's past return to the picturesque Mediterranean shores they all walked 20 years prior, one beautiful bride will discover the secret of her past while one lonely mother finds out that it's never too late for a little romance. Phyllida Lloyd, director of both the original London sensation as well as the hit Broadway incarnation, makes her feature directorial debut with this big-screen version of the beloved musical featuring 22 classic ABBA hits. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dominic Cooper co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

Release Date: June 30, 2008

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DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008

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  • February 3, 2014
    Disgusting, awkward and improbable. I guess it captures Abba perfectly...except the band demonstrated better acting abilities in their stage performances. This film was true dreck.
  • February 12, 2013
    Movie based on the musical stage production. A new bride to be invites three men to her wedding - all potentially her father to give her away but who is her dad? ABBA songs are woven throughout the story. You don't know how it fits in but some how it does. Great cast and brillian... read moret music. Some can sing better than others though! Funny and entertaining. Beautiful setting. Feel good Summer movie.
  • February 8, 2012
    The film makers seem to think they can adapt Abba songs into a shakesperean style masterpiece. You can't. It doesn't help the singing is terrible. A lot of people aren't keen on Amanda Seyfried and although she isn't "up there" with let's say...Meryl Streep. I think she's a good ... read moreactor and she was the only reason that I kept watching Jennifers Body. But this movie apart from a couple songs is crap. It's got one of the weakest plots ever and it's very much forgettable. For a musical, it's not "up there" with Singin in the Rain and it's certainly not The Lion King. In short, it's low brow in every way as i've said. Both it's acting and storyline. What's worse is that it's aimed at the smallest and most idiotic target demographic ever. This movie didn't deserve to make a lot of money and i'll never quite understand why it did.
  • August 15, 2011
    Great musical, but will never watch again, its just really boring and bad acting, but I came for great music and I guess I got my fill.
  • June 24, 2011
    One of the best musicals!
  • May 7, 2011
    Absolutely, wonderful music told through the wonderful music of ABBA! You'll love it!!! :) :) :)
  • December 8, 2010
    Well, here is a movie I never thought I would sit through, but finally I have, due to scoring a free copy.
    Well, firstly, to my shock, was not as awful as I expected. Mainly due to Amanda Seyfried. Wow, that girl can sing! The ending of the film was also a pleasant surprise.
    Ye... read mores, some of the singing is bad, but it's Abba songs, so how good could they ever have been?! (not a fan - was force fed the stuff all through my childhood - my mother loved it). Also Meryl and co put you off ever wanting to be a middle aged woman - wanted to drag her out of those dreadful overalls at start of film. And Julie Walters - truly cringeable.
    Not a bad film. Good fun, am glad I saw it.
  • October 1, 2010
    I was blown away by the high-energy fun-tastic Abba tunes brought to life by the story of a girl's wedding on a scenic Greek island, and inviting the three men who might be her father. Meryl Streep is superb, as are all the other characters. Pierce Brosnan's singing wasn't too te... read morerrible. None of the tunes were bad. It all worked, and didn't disappoint me like that Hairspray movie.
  • September 19, 2010
    Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, what a combination! This was just sooo adorable! I recommend mothers to watch this movie with their daughters. Awesome cast, the music definitely fit the story, its such a lovely feel good movie ^_^ !
  • September 10, 2010
    I wanted to like it, but it was awful. It was just GOOFY. Not cute goofy, just lame goofy. It made me cringe watching the (surprisingly good) cast wail and flail their way around the musical numbers. Gag.

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Kenneth Turan
October 18, 2008
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

A sage once advised being wary of movies in which the people on screen are having more fun than the people in the audience. Mamma mia, was that good advice. Full Review

Anthony Lane
July 21, 2008
Anthony Lane, New Yorker

The legal definition of torture has been much aired in recent years, and I take Mamma Mia! to be a useful contribution to that debate. Full Review

Richard Roeper
July 21, 2008
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

A lot of fun.

Dana Stevens
July 18, 2008
Dana Stevens, Slate

The movie's spirit is somewhere between High School Musical and Hedwig and the Angry Inch; it's at once dorkily wholesome and proudly slutty. Full Review

Amy Biancolli
July 18, 2008
Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle

If you're invited, you might as well enjoy yourself. Just don't say I didn't warn you. And don't you dare say I hate ABBA. Full Review

Peter Rainer
July 18, 2008
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Streep certainly gives it the old college try and so do Walters and Baranski, who are experienced singer/dancers. Somehow they all end up looking just as flamboyantly amateurish as everybody else. Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
July 18, 2008
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Likable, serviceable, and eminently danceable. Full Review

Linda Barnard
July 18, 2008
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

Cheese -- but what wonderfully salty, sinfully satisfying cheese it is. Full Review

Moira MacDonald
July 18, 2008
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

None of this would matter much if this movie wasn't anchored by a star turn, and Streep delivers yet another in a career full of them. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
July 18, 2008
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

This isn't a movie. It's a vacation. Full Review

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    • Harry: I'm spontaneous.
    • Sam: You always knew how to make an entrance.
    • Rosie: It's very Greek.
    • Rosie: Typical isn't it? You wait 20 years for a dad and then three come along at once.
    • Donna: Somebody up there has got it in for me. I bet it's my mother.

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