Mamma Mia just came out on DVD and I sit here after having watched it for the first time in my own home with the goofy kind of grin that surely inspired the naming of the dopey Disney character namesake.
True to my character, I love this movie because it evokes adjectives like “schmaltzy,” “corny,” and “campy.” Yes, these are the same adjectives the critics used to pan the film, yet they remain the reasons I want to watch it again.
You see, anything described as ridiculous is something I actively pursue to balance out the daily dramas that unfold in the world at large and in my own house after school.
Episodes of C.S.I. and memoirs rife with neglect, hardship and abuse? Yeah, no thanks—I hit my quota for that with my morning reading of the news.
While my mom’s generation had the likes of Calgon bubble bath to “take them away” from the tough stuff, I need more than a foamy respite—I need to be taken away to a comedy club, to a day spa, or – for just $16.99 at Amazon – a three-fathers-of-the-bride wedding in Greece.
I want to laugh and, yes, contrary to my family’s wishes, I also want to sing along… provided that the windows are closed and no one has activated the camcorder for future blackmailing opportunities.
While not everyone can relate to my feelings on this subject, I know that Pierce Brosnan can, or he would never have taken part in this film. Alas, this part of the critics’ reviews is actually true, my dear Pierce really can’t sing. But this truth only makes him that much more endearing to me.
If some newbie actor had been the one to put himself out on a vocal limb, there would be no risk. Yet here we have a bona fide movie star who has played the most macho role of all as James Bond singing “S.O.S.,” while leaving the audience chuckling rather than swooning.
In an industry consumed with image, I celebrate People’s (2001) “Sexiest Man Alive” for risking the nomination as 2008’s goofiest. If Pierce can do that, I think I can stop checking to see that the windows are closed and there are no blinking red lights when I decide to sing along.
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