Here I go again. My, my. (Ok I’ll stop now.)
It’s interesting that I watched this movie the day after reading this Jezebel post, commenting on the Swedish upset over their crown princess having her father walk her down the aisle at her wedding. Swedish couples generally walk down the aisle together, and Princess Victoria’s decision to walk the aisle with her father is seen as regressive.
In Mamma Mia!, Amanda Seyfried plays a mermaid-out-of-water who names herself after a famous street that then becomes one of the most popular names for baby girls over the next two decades. Wait. That’s Splash. They should really remake that with Amanda Seyfried and Colin Hanks. Amanda Seyfried looks like a mermaid, is what I’m saying.
What really happens in this movie is that Mermaid Seyfried sends wedding invitations to three strange men who banged her mom around the time she was conceived. She thinks she will instantly recognize which of them is her father, this man will walk her down the aisle at her wedding, making everything right in her world.
These three dudes all come to the remote Greek island for this wedding without knowing about the Great Greek Dad-Off. They all want another chance with Mermaid’s momma, Meryl Streep. [Fun Fact: I was born in the same New Jersey town as Meryl Streep!]
Meanwhile, people sing ABBA songs. This aspect of the movie apparently very appealing to people. So appealing that Mamma Mia! is the top grossing movie musical of all time. But I don’t really know much about ABBA, other than the title song, that song Madonna sampled in “Hung Up,” and that people compared Ace of Base to ABBA when they were popular. WAIT. HOLY PAJAMAS. I just realized ABBA is Swedish! That Jezebel link is even MORE relevant! Whoa, I just got goosebumps.
So anyway, Mermaid ends up with three co-dads, but she has her mom walk her down the aisle. But that decision ends up being kind of meaningless because Mermaid decides at the altar to postpone her wedding. The groom is fine with the plan, because of he just wanted to elope (I mean, obviously that is what he wanted, he’s a dude! Dudes hate weddings! Duh!) Meryl Streep marries one of the dads. People sing ABBA songs.
I… just want to go watch American Idol now.