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"ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE" REVIEW

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Walking into this movie you know exactly what to expect and you get it! Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are older versions of the 'girls' first met in a TV series in 1992. They still drink anything with alcohol, including Chanel #5, but mostly prefer Bollinger's champagne. They inject, pop, inhale any drugs they can get their hands on and part of Patsy's morning routine is putting botox all over her face and though she would like to be as promiscuous as she was her age is working against her. They wear outfits that only outrageous characters and/or drag Queens (if you know Patsy and Edina you know that's a compliment!) and get into ridiculous, slapstick, some farcial situations starting with the set-up of the gals being broke, Edina, accidently, killing Kate Mo9ss and their running off to Monte Carlo.
Most of the familiar characters such as Edina's daughter Saffy (Julia Sawalha), Edina's mother Mrs. Monsoon (June Whitfield), Bubble (Jane Horrocks), Huki Muki (Janet Krankie) while introducing Saffron's 13 year old daughter Lola (Indeyarno Donaldson-Holness) and Chris Colfer, as the make-up artist, in a very stereotyped role.
Unless you are an anglophile you may not recognize all of the many cameos by famous actors, singers, models, designers, etc., but John Hamm has a funny bit with with Patsy and a poolside scene where every woman looks like the Joan Collins who looks absolutely fabulous.
With a smart running time of 90 minutes if a joke and/or pratfall falls flat wait and there will be plenty of both to follow and at times if the story line strays hang in there. By the way any film fan might think he will know the last line in the film but you might be wrong.
This is the first time since Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" opened at the Gateway Theatre that I have seen a waiting line for the next matinee showing! Also, by my count, at least 95% of the audience were gay and appreciaited everything the gals did and said.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj3ZWhlmexw MOVIE TRAILER


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