Released in 2008, this film version of the smash hit stage musical stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard. Seyfried's character Sophie is about to get married, but she doesn't know which one of her mom's (Streep) ex-suitors is her father. So, unbeknownst to her mother, she invites all three possibilities (Brosnan, Firth and Skarsgard) to her wedding. Of course, lighthearted joy and mayhem ensue, all set to the hit music of ABBA.
My mom is one of the greatest people I know, and I'm not just saying that because I'm her daughter. She has been married to the same man for 42 years now, come June 22 (which is also Meryl Streep's birthday, by the way). She has raised two healthy, happy children, and as far as I can see, has not let a single ounce of love falter in all her family years. She's a little quieter than the rest of us (my dad, my brother and me), a true Texas belle. She doesn't get as excited and involved in movies and television like my dad and I do (many times to her boredom, such as when we start talking about "Lost"). But she still loves watching them. And thanks to her taste, I have come to love musicals and romances just as much as war movies and action films. I am a true, perfect combination of my parents, and I love that.
Grease." It also was the 5th highest-grossing film of 2008, and until "Avatar" came along, it became the highest-grossing film in UK history, surpassing "Titanic." To date, it has made over $600 million worldwide.
Postcards from the Edge," "Silkwood," "Death Becomes Her," and "A Prairie Home Companion." She even took opera singing lessons as a kid. Is there anything Streep can't do? Seyfried, on the other hand, started her career out as a child model and singer before getting her first noticeable acting role in "Mean Girls." When she heard about the auditions for "Mamma Mia!," she thought she was losing out because she wasn't Greek. (She had never seen the stage production.) Her experience working with Streep was a dream come true though, saying "it doesn't really get better than this."
So, get out your dancing shoes, pop "Mamma Mia!" into the DVD player, and have some fun this week. And, Mom, Happy Mother's Day! I love you!
(Post-tidbit: British actress Dawn French was originally cast in Julie Walter's role of Rosie, until she kept hearing her character described as the "fat, funny one." She dropped out after that, but still did a spoof of "Mamma Mia!" with longtime collaborator Jennifer Saunders for BBC's Comic Relief. (Enjoy that below.))