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Absolutely Fabulous

“It’s a huge great bloody movie, sweetie!” Eddy and Patsy are back again, this time in a different format. Their outrageous selfishness coupled with fabulousness makes this film a delight.

 Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012) was a British sitcom during the nineties that had a couple of comebacks in the early 2000s and briefly in 2012. The shopping, drinking and clubbing friends Edina Moonsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) are alive and well in this long awaited movie. They are living in supposedly the same mansion with Eddy’s daughter Saffy (Julia Sawalha), her granddaughter Lola/Jane (Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness), and her mysterious mother (June Whitfield). Trying to lock major stars to her public relations company with her assistant Bubble (Jane Horrocks), Eddy accidentally causes an incident. With the help of Patsy, the ridiculousness which Ab Fab is known for ensues. That is pretty much all I can say without spoiling the rest of the movie.

Set in a real house instead of a studio set, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) is just as ludicrous as the series. The feel is quite different because of the added music, the single camera shots and no laugh track. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just different. It is always difficult to translate from one format to another, but I think the strong writing and the same crude humor helps fans enjoy the film. This movie is, however, probably not suitable for anyone who has never seen the series.

Filled with an abundance of subtle references to the series that hardcore fans will enjoy, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is a treat. There are so many references that a second look may be necessary. A lot of old characters show up, some of which we haven’t seen in 20 years. There are countless of celebrity cameos, including Rebel Wilson and Jon Hamm. The soundtrack is splendid, filled with the likes of Leonard Cohen, La Roux and Kylie Minogue, who sings a revamped version of the theme song.

“Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” (2016)

Director: Mandie Fletcher

Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, and a whole bunch of cameos

Rating: 6/10

Text: Jennifer Britt Lundberg Hansen