Review in Brief: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

Compared to the mostly patchy (read: awful) world of TV show movies, Jennifer Saunders can take comfort in the knowledge that ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE is by no means the worst example. I really hope the slightly out-of-date fashion references were intentional, because being a little behind the times is a very Ab Fab thing to be. Kate Moss, Gwendoline Christie and Lily Cole are so 2014, darling. As always with Ab Fab it’s a fight for our attention between Joanna Lumley’s disgusting scene-stealer Patsy (highlight: taking a taser shot without reaction on a budget airline) and the heart and soul, Edina’s long-suffering daughter Saffy (Julia Sawalha – “I ruined my life trying not to make my mother happy”). Jane Horrocks’ airhead assistant Bubble, while sadly absent for much of the film, has its best line, admitting that she hadn’t “fed” Eddie’s Twitter account, “and it died”. In the latter stretch featuring, of all things, a car chase, things go from cringe humour to just painful viewing, but the highs (just) outweigh  the lows in Edina and Patsy’s final outing. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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