Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Absolutely Fabulous is anything but fabulous.

I really disliked this movie.

Now, I was unaware of any previous incarnation of this.  Apparently, Absolutely Fabulous, or Ab Fab as it is sometimes referred, is a BBC sitcom featuring these characters, written by Jennifer Saunders, the actress who portrays Edina.  So maybe if you are a fan of this source, perhaps you would enjoy this more than I did.

PR agent Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and her friend Patsy (Joanna Lumley) love the good life, and are accustomed to drinking champagne and going to parties.  However, the world around them see them as people to be avoided or laughed at.  So when the model Kate Moss decides to change her PR people, it sends Edina into a frenzy, hoping to sign her.  However, Edina does not intend to accidentally knock Moss of a balcony and into the Thames.  With the country thinking that Edina had killed the supermodel, Edina tries to escape from her life and find a lifestyle she can appreciate.

My biggest problem with Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie was that I really did not like Edina or Patsy.  They were so despicable that I could not root for them at all.  Yeah, I know that they are supposed to be unlikable, because that is meant to be where the humor comes from, but I just do not enjoy it.  In fact, I have never liked this type of comedy.  Dumb and Dumber was okay.  They were, at least, relatable.  I had no connection to these obnoxious women and their negative attitudes.  Becaus eof that, I could not find much to laugh at.

There were a few chuckle moments, but the film is so over the top that it couldn’t help but have some giggles.

Again, let me state this.  I have never seen the British comedy that this film apparently follows, and I have seen comments that having that background knowledge would help the viewing of the movie.  I cannot say.  I will say that seeing this movie does not inspire me to go and search out those BBC comedies for viewing.

I actually considered leaving before the film was up.  I thought to myself that I could be doing plenty of other things with my time than watching this.  I did stick it out, but the film did not improve.

I hope that if you are a fan of the BBC show that you enjoy this more than I did.

1 star

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