All singing! All dancing! All squealing! The money-minting Broadway musical has been adapted into the year's most aggressive chick flick, with a score of irresistibly catchy ABBA tunes sweetening the dumb story like peaches in cottage cheese. Bride-to-be Amanda Seyfried (of the HBO series Big Love), who's never met her father, discovers three likely candidates (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgaard) in the pages of her mother's purloined diary and invites them all to her Greek island home, much to the consternation of mom (a badly overtaxed Meryl Streep). Aside from the music, the movie's sole pleasure is Christine Baranski as Streep's brassy pal; tall, leggy, and self-assured, she turns her one solo number, "Does Your Mother Know," into an unexpected showstopper. Phyllida Lloyd, who mounted the Broadway and London productions, directed (108 min.).
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producer: Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Mark Huffam
Cast: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Rachel McDowall, Ricardo Montez, Mia Soteriou, Philip Michael and Niall Buggy