Mamma Mia!

Synopsis: Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya.
Director(s): Phyllida Lloyd
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 24 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.4
Metacritic:
51
Rotten Tomatoes:
54%
PG-13
Year:
2008
108 min
$143,704,210
Website
13,092 Views


Sophie sails to the mainland to post a letter.

Sophie:
# I have a dream

# A song to sing

# To help me cope

# With anything

# If you see the wonder

# Of a fairy tale

# You can take the future

Even if you fail.

(She posts 3 envelopes as she reads the names on them.)

Sophie:
Sam Carmichael. Bill Anderson. Harry Bright.

Bill is seen on his motorbike. Sam is seen ending a meeting with some Japanese businessmen. Harry is seen getting into a private taxi. Bill is making his way to his boat, the other two to airports.

Sophie meets her friends Ali and Lisa off the boat on Kalokairi. They all scream and laugh and exclaim “Oh, my God!”

Sophie:
I missed you. Oh, no...

All Three:
We’re Sophie, Ali, Lisa! We’re the greatest, bestest mates!

Ali:
I’m tough.

Lisa:
I’m tall.

Sophie:
I’m tiny.

All Three:
And we’re gonna rock this place. Yeah!

Ali and Lisa notice Sophie’s ring.

Ali:
Sophie, it’s beautiful.

Lisa:
I want one.

Ali:
He did well, didn’t he?

Sophie:
I’m getting married tomorrow. I’m so glad you’re here, because I have a secret and I can’t tell anybody else.

Ali:
Sophie, you’re knocked up?

Sophie:
No! No! No! Um. I’ve invited my dad to my wedding.

Lisa:
You are joking!

Ali:
You’ve found him at last?

Sophie:
No! No, no, no, no, no, not exactly. Okay. You know what my mom always said when I asked about my father. It was a summer romance, and he’d gone long before she realized that she was expecting me. And I’d always kind of accepted that that’s all I’d ever know. Well, I was ransacking some old trunks and I found this. It’s the diary she kept the year she was pregnant with me.

Lisa:
Oh, Sophie!

Sophie (reading): “July 17th. What a night!”

Lisa:
I don’t know if I want to hear this!

Ali:
I do!

Sophie (reading): “Sam rowed me over to the little island.” That’s here. That’s Kalokairi. “We danced on the beach, and we kissed on the beach, and dot, dot, dot.”

Lisa:
What?

Sophie:
Dot, dot, dot! That’s what they did in the olden days.

Lisa:
Stop it!

Sophie (reading): “Sam’s the one. I know he is. I’ve never felt like this before.”

Sophie:
# Honey, honey, how he thrills me

# Aha, honey, honey

# Honey, honey, nearly kills me,

# Aha, honey, honey

# I’ve heard about him before

# I wanted to know some more

# And now I know what they mean

# He’s a love machine

# Oh, he makes me dizzy

# Honey, honey, let me feel it

# Aha, honey, honey

# Honey, honey, don’t conceal it

# Honey, honey

# The way that you kiss good night

# The way that you kiss me good night

# The way that you hold me tight

# The way that you’re holding me tight

# I feel like I wanna sing

# When you do your thing!

Lisa:
So this guy Sam’s your father!

Sophie:
The plot thickens. “All this time, Sam’s been telling me he loves me, and now he’s announced that he’s engaged, so he’s gone home to get married, and I’m never going to see him again.”

Ali:
Poor Donna.

Sophie (reading): “August 4th. What a night! Bill rented a motorboat, and I took him over to the little island.”

Lisa:
Bill? Sophie, wait.

Ali:
Hang on.

Sophie (reading): “Though I’m still obsessed with Sam, Bill’s so wild. He’s such a funny guy. One thing led to another, and dot, dot, dot.” August 11th. Harry turned up, out of the blue, so I said I’d show him the island. He’s so sweet and understanding, I couldn’t help it and …”

All three:
Dot, dot, dot!

Ali:
Oh, my God!

They have all got back to Donna’ villa. Donna enters.

Donna:
Here come the bridesmaids.

Ali and Lisa:
Donna!

Donna:
Look at you! God! Stop growing! You sound like you’re having fun already.

Lisa:
Oh, we are.

Donna:
I used to have fun.

Ali:
Oh, we know!

Sophie continues singing, as we see Sam and Harry attempting to catch the boat to Kalokairi.

Sophie:
# Honey, honey, touch me, baby

# Aha, honey, honey

# Honey, honey, hold me, baby

# Aha, honey, honey

# You look like a movie star

# But I love just who you are

# And, honey, to say the least

# You’re a doggone beast.

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Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson is a British playwright, producing works for stage and television. She is best known for her book for the ABBA-inspired musical Mamma Mia! and screenplay for the film of the same name. more…

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