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Movie Reviews: Mamma Mia! + Carrie

Mamma Mia! (2008)

This wasn’t as horrible as ‘Prince Caspian’ but it was close. Sophie invites three men to her wedding to find out which one is her dad. It seems her mother, Donna, was a big ho back in the day - shades of ‘Lace’ and ‘Lace II’, anyone.

Meanwhile Donna’s two embarrassing old cougar friends visit and all three act like embarrassing cougars. There’s bad green screen, lots of bad singing, a literal Greek chorus and Donna being self righteous. This was dragged out mediocrity; still the flashback to the three men as they looked 20 years ago was funny.

Best Lines:
“I used to have fun.”
“Oh, we know.”

Carrie (1976)

Based on the Stephen King novel. The browbeaten Carrie is bullied by her classmates and mother. Carrie gets her first period in the school shower and is taunted and has sanitary products hurled at her as her classmates chant: “Plug it up.”

Even the teachers and principle have no sympathy for Carrie as they either ignore her, mock her or get her name wrong. Sue for some reason despite being part of the hurling/chanting mob suddenly feels bad about what she did and decides to atone.

But school bully Chris, her loutish boyfriend Billy and her toady BFF Norma plot an even worse humiliation for Carrie.

Poor Carrie is an eternal social outsider lurching from disaster to disaster. A source of endless hate for the toxic Chris and her cronies. But Carrie has powers and death awaits all her tormentors.

After the school prom turns into another cruel joke for Carrie, she cracks. No more passivity, prom turns into a hell for stupid teachers and bullying teenagers.

This was good despite an overlong ending and the final jump scene is great. But what was Norma’s obsession with that red hat? Where did Carrie’s tiara go? Why does no-one head for the doors? Where was Sue when the gym was burning down?

Best Lines:
“Do any of you ever stop to think?”

“I hate Carrie White.”

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