Review: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, B-
Rated R, 90 minutes
Eddie and Pat, the ladies of the long-running BBC comedy "Absolutely Fabulous" are back for more shenanigans in the thin but energetic "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie." Those familiar with the British TV series should most appreciate it, but there's plenty of merriment to be had by non-fans too. London publicist Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders, forever known as the evil Fairy Godmother from "Shrek 2") and best friend Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) flee to the French Riviera after they accidentally knock supermodel Kate Moss into the River Thames. Written by Saunders and directed by British TV director Mandie Fletcher, "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" is a swift and sprightly amusing tale that provides few surprises but does well to lift your spirits. The cast of the TV show is back, including Saffy (Julia Sawalha), Mother (June Whitfield) and of course the scene-stealing Bubble (Jane Horrocks), along with plenty of real-life characters and cameos, including famed '60s singer Lulu and Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, as well as the likes of Moss, Joan Collins, Chris Colfer, Jon Hamm, Dame Edna and even Rebel Wilson. The sitcomy plot plays more like a predictable extension of the series, and some of the pratfalls get a little old (looking at you, Patsy), but there are some funny moments, particularly when they walk into a room of exceedingly older women ("we're the youngest ones here!") or they attempt to fool a rich old woman. Admittedly, there isn't much to it, but you'll have a hard not finding some amusement from this extremely charming, likable pair who are far more popular across the pond than they are in the U.S. Sure, the humor is a little different, but if you're unfamiliar, maybe it's time you gave the "AbFab" ladies a good look in the pleasant, zany "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie." They're sure to bring you some good PR and leave you with a big smile.