ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE

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Kate Moss is killed in Mandie Fletcher’s Absolutely Fabulous: The MovieFor those unfamiliar with the TV show on which the movie is based: Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) is a shameless over-the-hill PR-person in London and her best friend Patsy (Joanna Lumley) is a shameless over-the-hill fashion magazine editor. They like top shelf liquor, pot, cocaine, and Botox. They want the best things in life—fame, money, power, and maybe some respect. To get the best things in life Edina resolves to score Kate Moss as a client. But when she literally lunges for the supermodel at a party she ends up knocking Kate Moss off a ledge and into the Thames. Trapped in a prison of ignominy Edina and Patsy go on the lam to Cannes in search of a rich old man to marry. AbFab: The Movie is loud and fast. Visually it’s too crowded and blandly pretty, offering no memorable images. One of us is a fan of the TV show and we both found ourselves laughing, occasionally. Why? Patsy is why. Like a comedic Atlas, Patsy does the heavy lifting with her unfazed deadpan; the best scene in the movie is a duel between her and a flight attendant. Unfortunately besides Patsy the movie isn’t mean enough to be funny and despite its R-rating, it stays safer than a liberal-arts college. It’s shocking that Zoolander 2, a PG-13 American comedy about the same subject matter, is funnier than AbFab: The Movie. But it is.

By Alec Julian & Carrie White

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