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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, Creator/AmandaSeyfried, ColinFirth, Creator/StellanSkarsgard, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and DominicCooper.

The plot is simple enough: 20-year-old Sophie (Seyfried) is the daughter of single mom and former rock star Donna (Streep). Sophie is getting married to Skye (Cooper) and wants her father at her wedding; unfortunately, she doesn't know who it is as Donna never told her. To be fair, Donna herself doesn't know; [[ReallyGetsAround there were three guys]] right around the time she became pregnant: Sam (Brosnan), Harry (Firth) and Bill (Skarsgård). Sophie invites all three possible dads to her wedding to try and find her natural father.

Throw in a Greek island, the other two members of Donna's former girl group (Baranski and Walters) and a dozen ABBA songs, and HilarityEnsues.

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'''Provides examples of:'''
* {{ABBA}}
** EnforcedPlug, SubliminalAdvertising: For Abba's music.
* AgeLift: Donna is supposed to be in her early forties. Streep was nearly sixty when she did the role. On the other hand - this is ''Meryl Streep'' we're talking about.
** That's just the tip of the iceberg, though. All of the members of the older generation are played by actors close to retirement age.
*** Colin Firth was 48 at the time of filming, so one could argue that he's the only one who's the right age.
* AnachronismStew: Most glaringly, although the film is apparently set in the early 2000s, 20-year-old Sophie is explicitly said to have been conceived "at the end of flower power", i.e. 1969-1972. There are other examples as well.
** Challenged - early Net adoption was in 1993-1995 in the UK. This may lock closer to Sophie's age and Sky's advertising venture.
* AudienceParticipation: On stage, audience members are encouraged to sing, clap, and dance along. About a month and a half after the film's U.S. release, Universal shipped out a "sing-along" version with the lyrics appearing on screen.
** [[OnceAnEpisode Once A Showing]]: There's a big gap in the song "I Do" in which all eyes go to the character being exhorted to make the vows. At ''least'' one audience member will keep singing.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Pierce Brosnan summed up his reason for doing the film as this: "Meryl Streep is starring."
* BrickJoke / CallBack: At the beginning, Rosie describes herself as a lone wolf. Bill describes himself as the same later on, which is the cue she needs to pursue him.
* ButNotTooGay: [[spoiler: Harry]] and his boyfriend gets maybe half a minute of screentime, on a generous count.
* TheCameo: Benny Andersson appears as a piano player during "Dancing Queen." Bjorn Ulvaeuss appears as a member of the [[GreekMythology Greek Pantheon]] during "Waterloo."
* CarpetOfVirility: Sam has one. [[MrFanservice We get to see it]], thanks to Meryl Streep -- see ThrowItIn. (In case you were wondering, yeah, Pierce Brosnan's still got it.)
* ChickFlick: The fifth highest-grossing film of 2008, and targeted at female audiences to boot!
* ChristmasCake: mostly Tanya
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds
* [[CoolOldGuy Cool Middle-Aged Guy]]: Bill
* DecoyProtagonist: Technically, both Sophie and Donna are the main protagonists, but what director on Earth is going to cast MerylStreep in a supporting role?
* DramaticEllipsis: Sophie wonders why the diary contains so many of them.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The whole show takes place over 2 days, with the intermission (if you're watching the stage version) taking place overnight.
* GeneHunting
* GenkiGirl: Sophie. The older females are quite energetic as well, despite their age.
* GreekChorus: ''Literally!''
* HollywoodNight: "I Have A Dream" and several other "night" scenes
* HotDad: Three of them
* HotMom: Donna
* JukeboxMusical
* LargeHam: Virtually the entire adult cast, [[MerylStreep at least one of whom]] doesn't get to do it very often
* LikesOlderWomen: Pepper.
* NoIndoorVoice: In the movie, all the women qualify.
* NonSingingVoice: averted. No voice doubles were cast. Whether this was a good idea is something people have argued about.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: After the bachelorette party, both Bill and Harry are trying to tell the other that they found out that they're Sophie's father (at least that's what they think). However, Bill thinks Harry is [[spoiler: trying to Come Out to him]], while Harry thinks Bill is trying to [[spoiler: admit to hooking up Rosie]].
* PlayingAgainstType: Streep. Yes, [[MerylStreep the same Streep]] who starred in ''Sophie's Choice''. Then again, one could argue that she doesn't really ''have'' a type at this point.
* PowerTrio: Three of them, suitably enough -- Donna and the Dynamos; Sophie, Lisa and Ali; and the three possible dads
** Also, Sky, Pepper, and Eddie, albeit on a lesser extent, since Eddie (or Salt, depending on the version you're watching) is practically cut.
* RousseauWasRight
* RuleOfFunny: One review described the film as the closest thing we'll ever come to seeing A-list celebrities doing drunken karaoke.
* SceneryPorn: The movie is ''full'' of it.
* ShoutOut: "Bright, Harry Bright" (as JamesBond is standing next to him, no less!)
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Way'' toward the Idealism end.
* StarMakingRole: Between this and ''Film/MeanGirls'', Creator/AmandaSeyfried almost immediately became one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses, as she made an excellent showing in two very different movies, playing two very different roles.
* StealthPun: Oh right, ha ha, those guys singing in the background are a GreekChorus. Well how's that for brekekekeke-ing your ko-ax.
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Harry]]
* TellMeAboutMyFather
* TitleDrop: ''Mamma Mia, here I go again...''
* ThoseTwoGirls: Sophie's best friends Ali and Lisa.
* ThrowItIn:
** Donna's famous straddle split jump during "Dancing Queen" came about because Meryl Streep decided she wanted to see if she could do it, and it was caught on tape. When she was asked to try it again, she said there was no way she'd ever be able to replicate it.
** Donna rips Sam's shirt off during the fountain scene because... Meryl felt like ripping Pierce Brosnan's shirt off. That's it. Brosnan's surprise (and enthusiasm) are [[EnforcedMethodActing absolutely real]].
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: After the bachelorette party, Donna/Sophie is fretting to Rosie & Tanya/Ali & Lisa over the three-dads-present issue. Rosie & Tanya/Ali & Lisa decide to take the men out fishing to keep them distracted.
* WackyMarriageProposal
* WhosYourDaddy: [[TheUnreveal Sophie eventually decides she doesn't care]]. (WordOfGod is that the father is [[spoiler: Bill]].)
* WhyWasteAWedding: Word for word when [[spoiler:Sophie and Sky decide not to get married, thus Donna and Sam get married instead.]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Sophie

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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, Creator/AmandaSeyfried, ColinFirth, Creator/StellanSkarsgard, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and DominicCooper.

The plot is simple enough: 20-year-old Sophie (Seyfried) is the daughter of single mom and former rock star Donna (Streep). Sophie is getting married to Skye (Cooper) and wants her father at her wedding; unfortunately, she doesn't know who it is as Donna never told her. To be fair, Donna herself doesn't know; [[ReallyGetsAround there were three guys]] right around the time she became pregnant: Sam (Brosnan), Harry (Firth) and Bill (Skarsgård). Sophie invites all three possible dads to her wedding to try and find her natural father.

Throw in a Greek island, the other two members of Donna's former girl group (Baranski and Walters) and a dozen ABBA songs, and HilarityEnsues.

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'''Provides examples of:'''
* {{ABBA}}
** EnforcedPlug, SubliminalAdvertising: For Abba's music.
* AgeLift: Donna is supposed to be in her early forties. Streep was nearly sixty when she did the role. On the other hand - this is ''Meryl Streep'' we're talking about.
** That's just the tip of the iceberg, though. All of the members of the older generation are played by actors close to retirement age.
*** Colin Firth was 48 at the time of filming, so one could argue that he's the only one who's the right age.
* AnachronismStew: Most glaringly, although the film is apparently set in the early 2000s, 20-year-old Sophie is explicitly said to have been conceived "at the end of flower power", i.e. 1969-1972. There are other examples as well.
** Challenged - early Net adoption was in 1993-1995 in the UK. This may lock closer to Sophie's age and Sky's advertising venture.
* AudienceParticipation: On stage, audience members are encouraged to sing, clap, and dance along. About a month and a half after the film's U.S. release, Universal shipped out a "sing-along" version with the lyrics appearing on screen.
** [[OnceAnEpisode Once A Showing]]: There's a big gap in the song "I Do" in which all eyes go to the character being exhorted to make the vows. At ''least'' one audience member will keep singing.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Pierce Brosnan summed up his reason for doing the film as this: "Meryl Streep is starring."
* BrickJoke / CallBack: At the beginning, Rosie describes herself as a lone wolf. Bill describes himself as the same later on, which is the cue she needs to pursue him.
* ButNotTooGay: [[spoiler: Harry]] and his boyfriend gets maybe half a minute of screentime, on a generous count.
* TheCameo: Benny Andersson appears as a piano player during "Dancing Queen." Bjorn Ulvaeuss appears as a member of the [[GreekMythology Greek Pantheon]] during "Waterloo."
* CarpetOfVirility: Sam has one. [[MrFanservice We get to see it]], thanks to Meryl Streep -- see ThrowItIn. (In case you were wondering, yeah, Pierce Brosnan's still got it.)
* ChickFlick: The fifth highest-grossing film of 2008, and targeted at female audiences to boot!
* ChristmasCake: mostly Tanya
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds
* [[CoolOldGuy Cool Middle-Aged Guy]]: Bill
* DecoyProtagonist: Technically, both Sophie and Donna are the main protagonists, but what director on Earth is going to cast MerylStreep in a supporting role?
* DramaticEllipsis: Sophie wonders why the diary contains so many of them.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The whole show takes place over 2 days, with the intermission (if you're watching the stage version) taking place overnight.
* GeneHunting
* GenkiGirl: Sophie. The older females are quite energetic as well, despite their age.
* GreekChorus: ''Literally!''
* HollywoodNight: "I Have A Dream" and several other "night" scenes
* HotDad: Three of them
* HotMom: Donna
* JukeboxMusical
* LargeHam: Virtually the entire adult cast, [[MerylStreep at least one of whom]] doesn't get to do it very often
* LikesOlderWomen: Pepper.
* NoIndoorVoice: In the movie, all the women qualify.
* NonSingingVoice: averted. No voice doubles were cast. Whether this was a good idea is something people have argued about.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: After the bachelorette party, both Bill and Harry are trying to tell the other that they found out that they're Sophie's father (at least that's what they think). However, Bill thinks Harry is [[spoiler: trying to Come Out to him]], while Harry thinks Bill is trying to [[spoiler: admit to hooking up Rosie]].
* PlayingAgainstType: Streep. Yes, [[MerylStreep the same Streep]] who starred in ''Sophie's Choice''. Then again, one could argue that she doesn't really ''have'' a type at this point.
* PowerTrio: Three of them, suitably enough -- Donna and the Dynamos; Sophie, Lisa and Ali; and the three possible dads
** Also, Sky, Pepper, and Eddie, albeit on a lesser extent, since Eddie (or Salt, depending on the version you're watching) is practically cut.
* RousseauWasRight
* RuleOfFunny: One review described the film as the closest thing we'll ever come to seeing A-list celebrities doing drunken karaoke.
* SceneryPorn: The movie is ''full'' of it.
* ShoutOut: "Bright, Harry Bright" (as JamesBond is standing next to him, no less!)
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Way'' toward the Idealism end.
* StarMakingRole: Between this and ''Film/MeanGirls'', Creator/AmandaSeyfried almost immediately became one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses, as she made an excellent showing in two very different movies, playing two very different roles.
* StealthPun: Oh right, ha ha, those guys singing in the background are a GreekChorus. Well how's that for brekekekeke-ing your ko-ax.
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Harry]]
* TellMeAboutMyFather
* TitleDrop: ''Mamma Mia, here I go again...''
* ThoseTwoGirls: Sophie's best friends Ali and Lisa.
* ThrowItIn:
** Donna's famous straddle split jump during "Dancing Queen" came about because Meryl Streep decided she wanted to see if she could do it, and it was caught on tape. When she was asked to try it again, she said there was no way she'd ever be able to replicate it.
** Donna rips Sam's shirt off during the fountain scene because... Meryl felt like ripping Pierce Brosnan's shirt off. That's it. Brosnan's surprise (and enthusiasm) are [[EnforcedMethodActing absolutely real]].
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: After the bachelorette party, Donna/Sophie is fretting to Rosie & Tanya/Ali & Lisa over the three-dads-present issue. Rosie & Tanya/Ali & Lisa decide to take the men out fishing to keep them distracted.
* WackyMarriageProposal
* WhosYourDaddy: [[TheUnreveal Sophie eventually decides she doesn't care]]. (WordOfGod is that the father is [[spoiler: Bill]].)
* WhyWasteAWedding: Word for word when [[spoiler:Sophie and Sky decide not to get married, thus Donna and Sam get married instead.]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Sophie

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11th Apr '13 10:17:00 PM EarlOfSandvich
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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, Creator/AmandaSeyfried, ColinFirth, StellanSkarsgard, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and DominicCooper.

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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, Creator/AmandaSeyfried, ColinFirth, StellanSkarsgard, Creator/StellanSkarsgard, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and DominicCooper.
25th Feb '13 8:02:34 AM RoseAndHeather
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** Donna rips Sam's shirt off during the fountain scene because... Meryl felt like ripping Pierce Brosnan's shirt off. That's it. Brosnan's surprise (and enthusiasm) are absolutely real.

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** Donna rips Sam's shirt off during the fountain scene because... Meryl felt like ripping Pierce Brosnan's shirt off. That's it. Brosnan's surprise (and enthusiasm) are [[EnforcedMethodActing absolutely real.real]].
25th Feb '13 8:01:41 AM RoseAndHeather
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* CarpetOfVirility: Sam has one. [[MrFanservice We get to see it]], thanks to Meryl Streep -- see ThrowItIn. (In case you were wondering, yeah, Pierce Brosnan's still got it.)



* ThrowItIn: Donna's famous straddle split jump during "Dancing Queen" came about because Meryl Streep decided she wanted to see if she could do it, and it was caught on tape. When she was asked to try it again, she said there was no way she'd ever be able to replicate it.

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* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn:
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Donna's famous straddle split jump during "Dancing Queen" came about because Meryl Streep decided she wanted to see if she could do it, and it was caught on tape. When she was asked to try it again, she said there was no way she'd ever be able to replicate it.it.
** Donna rips Sam's shirt off during the fountain scene because... Meryl felt like ripping Pierce Brosnan's shirt off. That's it. Brosnan's surprise (and enthusiasm) are absolutely real.
22nd Feb '13 1:26:57 PM gossipguy17
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* BrickJoke / CallBack: At the beginning, Rosie describes herself as a lone wolf. Bill describes himself as the same later on, which is the cue she needs to pursue him.
16th Feb '13 8:11:59 AM Divra
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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, Creator/AmandaSeyfried, ColinFirth, StellanSkarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and DominicCooper.

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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, Creator/AmandaSeyfried, ColinFirth, StellanSkarsgård, StellanSkarsgard, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and DominicCooper.
16th Feb '13 8:11:47 AM Divra
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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, Creator/AmandaSeyfried, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and DominicCooper.

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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, Creator/AmandaSeyfried, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, ColinFirth, StellanSkarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and DominicCooper.
12th Dec '12 1:43:57 PM nombretomado
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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, AmandaSeyfried, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and DominicCooper.

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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, AmandaSeyfried, Creator/AmandaSeyfried, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and DominicCooper.



* StarMakingRole: Between this and ''Film/MeanGirls'', AmandaSeyfried almost immediately became one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses, as she made an excellent showing in two very different movies, playing two very different roles.

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* StarMakingRole: Between this and ''Film/MeanGirls'', AmandaSeyfried Creator/AmandaSeyfried almost immediately became one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses, as she made an excellent showing in two very different movies, playing two very different roles.



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22nd Nov '12 7:33:26 PM dawnmarie
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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, AmandaSeyfried, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and Dominic Cooper.

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''Mamma Mia!'' is a 2008 film version of the hit stage musical of the same name that is based around the music of {{ABBA}}. It stars MerylStreep, Pierce Brosnan, AmandaSeyfried, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and Dominic Cooper.
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1st Oct '12 8:44:28 AM PerfumePreppy
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* TitleDrop: When Donna sings the song "Mama Mia" [[spoiler: after seeing Bill, Harry and Sam again for the first time in the movie..]].

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* TitleDrop: When Donna sings the song "Mama Mia" [[spoiler: after seeing Bill, Harry and Sam again for the first time in the movie..]].''Mamma Mia, here I go again...''
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