Why did nobody tell me Colin Firth was in Mamma Mia!???!!! I had a great shock finding it in La Madre's pile of DVDs, right next to Passion of the Christ and Babe: Pig in the City.
(Come to think of it, when I mentioned karaoke last summer, she might have mentioned going to see the movie with some coworkers.... And the storyline involves mothers and daughters and is full of song and dance numbers about children growing up, so it's something La Madre would buy.)
It was pure ABBA cheese, with a corny plot, but it was awesome. (I'm on vacation, everything is awesome.) I was only vaguely familiar with the plot of the play: bride-to-be invites three of her mother's ex-lovers to her wedding, hoping one of them's her father and can walk her down the aisle. Everybody breaks into ABBA songs every few minutes. The story takes place on a paradisical Greek island, and the locals are the (haha) Greek chorus/backup vocals. The ending credits are disco numbers. It is, indeed, one of the gayest things ever.
Amanda Seyfried, who plays the bride, looks 12 years old, which was really kind of disturbing and jarring, especially since her childhood friends are clearly decades older. But Meryl Streep was absolutely brilliant and clearly had fun in her role. Pierce Brosnan singing was, frankly, hilarious.
And it had Colin Firth! Happiness in a DVD box.