Momma Mia -- what the hell happened....spoiler alert: spoilage will occur

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    Aug 25, 2008 2:22 AM GMT
    I hate inconsistencies and unresolved issues in movies....

    What the hell happened to the 3 "fathers" leading Sofie down the aisle???

    They each expected to lead the daughter down the aisle. But at the wedding none of them show up to do it. They just take seats in the congregation.

    Also the daughter asks the mother to give her away and there is no "discussion" in the movie about the conflict in all these plans.

    WTH is with that?
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    Aug 25, 2008 6:11 AM GMT
    Caslon6000 saidI hate inconsistencies and unresolved issues in movies....

    What the hell happened to the 3 "fathers" leading Sofie down the aisle???

    They each expected to lead the daughter down the aisle. But at the wedding none of them show up to do it. They just take seats in the congregation.

    Also the daughter asks the mother to give her away and there is no "discussion" in the movie about the conflict in all these plans.

    WTH is with that?


    Okay, I'm guessing you're supposed to assume that the girl told the would-be dads that the plans had changed and that mama Meryl was walking her down the aisle.

    You were out getting popcorn during that scene.
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    Aug 25, 2008 6:45 AM GMT

    I think the potential dads started to realize before the ceremony that they may not actually be the "one". At least that's how I rationalized it.

    What I found more incredulous is that the 3 were willing to "share" their daughter with 2 other fathers (rather than each one wanting to prove that it was his oats which came through).

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    Aug 25, 2008 7:33 AM GMT
    The "solution" of sharing the daughter came out of thin air, too, you're right.

    The whole ending was so contrived to just bring the movie to a "happy ending."

    The conflict set up earlier in the movie of each of the "dads" expecting to lead the daughter down the aisle was just forgotten

    The taking 1/3 "dad-ship" in the daughter

    The daughter and her boyfriend blowing off their marriage, so they can go travel the world as he wanted to do....like they couldnt travel the world as a married couple

    "Let's not waste a wedding" proposal and the life-altering acceptance on the spot by the mother...oh, and dont forget that his first wife suddenly was announced "out of the picture" cuz he is divorced.


    I hate it when they have to contrive an ending to bring a movie to a close. It's like they have this great idea for the beginning of a movie, but are not creative enough to also bring it to a reasonable close. They just have the characters change/give up their movie-long conflicting views, so that they could end the movie.

    One movie that I have always admired is "Tea with Mussolini." I could believe that Lady Hester changed the way she did. Her actions at the end of the movie were totally supported by her experiences in the movie. I didnt come away with the feeling that it was time to close the movie so old lady Hestor just changed her point of view.

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    Aug 25, 2008 7:39 AM GMT
    The movie appeared to stay close to the original stage musical with a few exceptions. That's just how it goes in the musical. All you complain about is how the stage musical goes too.

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    Aug 25, 2008 7:49 AM GMT
    John43620 saidThe movie appeared to stay close to the original stage musical with a few exceptions. That's just how it goes in the musical. All you complain about is how the stage musical goes too.

    I amend my comments to include the stage musical.
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    Aug 25, 2008 7:58 AM GMT
    Since when is in incumbent on a musical to make sense?

    I admit, the Rodgers & Hammerstein sort always tried to, but if you go back to the Cole Porter and Gershwin shows, making sense was entirely beside the point.

    Which was:

    Romance!
    Singing!
    Dancing!

    I loved Mamma Mia, personally.
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    Aug 25, 2008 8:05 AM GMT
    jprichva saidSince when is in incumbent on a musical to make sense?

    You have a point... they dont have to make any more sense that a response on a thread.
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    Aug 25, 2008 8:21 AM GMT
    The movie and musical just exist to showcase the ABBA songs.

    I love Tea With Mussolini, it's a great film, I've lost count of the number of times I've seen it.
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    Aug 25, 2008 10:51 AM GMT
    I also enjoyed the movie. I suggest you see both the movie and the stage musical.
    The musical has great singing and fair acting, but from a distance of ten rows back it's tougher on the stage actors.
    Pierce Brosnan isn't much of a singer but a he's a great actor. I found it amusing that in his first song the chorus jumped in to save him, and the song.
    Meryl Streep played the part exceptionally well, right down to the red eyes and leaky red nose when she was crying. She had me blubbering. She sings pretty good too.

    I find the movie and the musical make enough sense to tell the story. Pick it apart all you want but I liked it, a lot.



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    Aug 25, 2008 12:14 PM GMT
    I found the Bdway show of it to have been alot more entertaining then the movie. The movie version lost something along the way...LOL

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    Aug 25, 2008 1:49 PM GMT

    Sounds like it's already spoiled. I'll hold out for the soundtrack like I did with Dream Girls, although after listening to the soundtrack...38 times, I just had to see the movie and I was glad I did, wow!
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    Aug 25, 2008 2:40 PM GMT
    John43620 saidPierce Brosnan isn't much of a singer

    The greatest understatement on RJ for all time!!!! ... icon_eek.gif ... icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 25, 2008 2:57 PM GMT
    Colin Firth wasn't much better either.

    It works much better as a theatrical production than a movie.

    At least it wasn't Wicked, now that's a musical that sucks big time.
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    Aug 25, 2008 11:39 PM GMT

    Ruh-oh. Thems sounds like fighting words. Time to get the popcorn....

    Yeah, fiction doesn't always make sense which is why I focus most of my time on non-fiction. Then again, it often doesn't make sense, either.

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    Aug 25, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    The only thing I ask of a musical is that it gets my toes a-tappin'.

    Mamma Mia certainly did that.
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    Aug 25, 2008 11:44 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidColin Firth wasn't much better either.

    Who cares how he sings....I wanted to see his ShawnTX nips! ... icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 26, 2008 1:59 AM GMT

    jprichva> The only thing I ask of a musical is that it gets my toes a-tappin'.

    Oooh, that should have been Larry Craig's defense.... "I had just seen a musical and it got my toes a-tappin'"!

    Wait, that could be taken as an admission that he's gay. Um, is it ok for straight guys to watch Jesus Christ Superstar?

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    Aug 26, 2008 2:11 AM GMT
    caesarea4 saidYeah, fiction doesn't always make sense ...

    I can understand a musical taking some liberties with the story line....but Momma Mia flat out abandoned the "3 daddies" story and the tension that the movie worked to create. I am sitting there enjoying the music and dancing ...and waiting for the big climax with the 3 daddies ...and who gonna lead her down the aisle ...etc
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    Aug 26, 2008 7:31 AM GMT

    Well, OK, let me try another explanation. One of the guys was gay. Another was an adventurer. And the 3rd was a "flower power" kiddie back in the day. Were you really expecting them to go John Wayne on each other...?!

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    Aug 27, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    want this really all about the music of ABBA rather than any true story line?

    I remember being at lunch w/ my mom when I was 16 and hearing ABBA sign "Dancing Queen", I told her that was my favorite song at the time. She should have guess then that I was a big homo.
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    Aug 27, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    caesarea4 said
    Well, OK, let me try another explanation. One of the guys was gay. Another was an adventurer. And the 3rd was a "flower power" kiddie back in the day. Were you really expecting them to go John Wayne on each other...?!

    Something needed to happen! ...It was all just left hanging. ...To me that is just poor screen writing (or whatever you call writing a movie's story)