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older, drunker, but not wiser
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The Movie of the popular BBC TV series. Edina 'Eddie' Monsoon's (Jennifer Saunders) PR business is on the rocks. Her only clients are Emma Bunton and Lulu and she is spectacularly behind with modern technology and social media. Her alcoholic fashion editor ('fash mag slag') best friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) is still in tow, and they continue to live the hardcore party lifestyle despite their age, and despite the fact that Eddie is close to bankrupt. Eddie's long suffering daughter Saffron (Julia Sawahla) has regained custody of her estranged daughter, Lola, and makes the mistake of leaving her in her mother's custody when going out for a date with her new boyfriend (Robert Webb). Eddie and Patsy take Lola out to the latest fashion event in attempt to secure Kate Moss as Eddie's latest client, and save Eddie's business, but an accident leads to Eddie knocking Kate Moss from a height, leading to the model being missing presumed dead. Eddie and Patsy realise they need to flee the country lest Eddie spend the rest of her life behind bars, and they escape to the south of France. Hilarity Ensues.

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  • Adam Westing: Model Kate Moss, who spends days, is found by fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultirt on the banks of River Thanes after falling in earlier, partying because she presumed she was still at the same party and lost track of time. Also, many others, such as Pop Singer Lulu, who is so tired of Eddie's ineffectiveness as a PR agent that she insists in finding her so that she can be punished.
  • The Alcoholic: Both Eddie and Patsy. The two do ridiculous amounts of booze and drugs.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When Eddie is close to death, she admits how much she loves Saffy and Lola, and that she should have been a better mother.
  • Big Damn Movie
  • Call-Back: Numerous, including Patsy's 'Gabon' and 'Flash Flash Flash!', the sarcastic rude nurse who gives Eddie cosmetic treatments, and the fact Patsy was once a man.
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  • Camp Gay: Eddie's stylist, Chris.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Saffron's best friend Sarah (aka Titicaca) is not only absent without mention, but for such a significant recurring character from the series, is very odd that she doesn't appear.
  • Drag Queen: Lots and lots and.....
  • Dream Sequence: Early in the movie, Eddie dreams of hanging out with an elite band of models, Stella McCartney and Nick Grimshaw, while Kate Moss begs her to be her new PR agent.
  • Fugitive Arc
  • Patsy resolves the increasingly bizarre plot with a final twist, which defies description. Whether this fits under It Makes Sense in Context or It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context is a matter of opinion...
  • Old Flame: Patsy searches a rich old boyfriend (Barry Humphries) to help her and Eddie.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: As in the series, "This Wheel's on Fire", however for the movie, Kylie Minogue provides an updated version.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: As in the series, Claudia Bing (Celia Imrie)
  • Shout-Out: The subplot of Patsy disguising herself as a man and marrying a rich old woman is a nod to a similar subplot in Some Like It Hot.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Bubble. She knew full well that Kate Moss was alive and well but never said anything, making most of the events of the movie entirely her fault, and also reveals that she's been essentially stealing from Edina the entire time by "overpaying herself". She somehow manages to keep her job at the end.
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