Mamma Mia! is a hit stage musical based around the music of ABBA. It was made into a 2008 film starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters and Dominic Cooper.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; 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 Hilarity Ensues.Provides examples of:
Age Lift: 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.
Anachronism Stew: 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.
Audience Participation: 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.
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.
Brick Joke / Call Back: 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.
One Dialogue, Two Conversations: 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 trying to Come Out to him, while Harry thinks Bill is trying to admit to hooking up Rosie.
Power Trio: 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.
Two Scenes, One Dialogue: 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.