Review by Lauryn Angel
Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) have no social graces. They’re rude, crude, and often falling-down drunk. They are not the type of people you invite to parties – although they’ll show up anyway, and when they do, there’s not much you can do about it but get out of the way. And their mad-cap antics are a large part of what makes them so irresistible.
Fans of the British television show, which ran sporadically from 1992 to 2012, are well acquainted with Eddy, Patsy, Eddy’s daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha) and various other characters. It’s worthy of note that most of the popular characters from the show make at least an appearance, and many stalwarts of British stage and screen take on minor roles, from Celia Imrie as Eddy’s chief rival to Mark Gatiss as a publisher. The movie is also full of celebrity cameos – Lulu, Emma Bunton, Dawn French, Gwendoline Christie, Graham Norton, Stella McCartney, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and the list kept going.
The movie opens with London Fashion Week, and Eddy and Patsy are (typically) late to the show and (also typically)create a scene. Nothing seems to have changed with the pair since we last saw them – until the next morning, when Eddy discovers that her credit cards are “broken” and she’s out of champagne. No matter; Eddy has a plan. When that plan, predictably, fails, she and Patsy hatch a crazy scheme to entice Kate Moss as a client for Monsoon PR. To say the plan does not go well is an understatement: Moss goes missing and is presumed dead, and Eddy is the prime suspect. The two go on the lam to the south of France, lugging Eddy’s granddaughter Lola (Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness).
I’ve been a fan of Absolutely Fabulous since 1994, when I would come home from my college classes and watch the show on syndication on Comedy Central before heading out to work in the evenings. Patsy and Eddy’s drunken, self-centered shenanigans never failed to make me laugh, so it’s no surprise that I loved this movie – as did several other AbFab fans in the audience of the screening I attended. The cast is in fine form, and they slip into these roles as if they had merely taken a hiatus of a single season instead of four years. The film often made me laugh so hard that I was crying, and is sure to delight fans of the series.
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