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I've seen the new movie Mama Mia Movie two times within the last 24 hours.

Just to give you some background, when I love a movie or a show, I see it repeatedly...really.

I saw "RENT" 12 times on the stage.  7 times in NYC, 4 times in Denver and once in London.

I saw Mama Mia 4 times on stage—2 times in NYC, 1 in Denver and 1 in Las Vegas.

I love this show and I love this movie.

Since I rarely cry, even with the continual peri-menopausal string of moody days stringing into months and now years...Mama Mia was the onion for my heart.

Seeing middle aged women,  Meryl Streep, Julia Waters and Christine Baranski who are well into their 50's, whoop it up, have the confidence to know that they are still damn sexy and teaching 20 year old girls how to strut their stuff, was a real treat.

The part that really slayed me was the tender mother and daughter relationship.   The tears were flowing, not only for me but also for the other mothers in the theater.  Sniffles were heard in abundance.

I am sandwiched between my daughters—one is on the West Coast and the other on the East.  

Brutal.

Seeing Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth sing with awkward earnestness distracted my nostalgia and the Dancing Queens at the end brought my own inner house down.

As I left the theater, a few pounds lighter thanks to the emotional liquid diet, I realized that there's still lots of time to dance with recklessness, sing off key and realize how young we all still are.

Mama Mia!

Mary



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      Yana Berlin wrote Jul 21, 2008
    • I so agree....haven’t seen the movie yet, but seen the play twice.

      I think our generation relates to this play/movie because most of us grew up listening to Abba, having fun and enjoying our lives without stressing much how we are going to pass our SAT’s, get accepted to college, or getting blood results prior to getting in bed with a guy. Honestly sometimes I feel sorry for our children....



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      Daisy Shkolnik wrote Jul 21, 2008
    • I can’t wait to see the movie! I think that its great that these women continue to dance their hearts out.  I am eager to see the mother daughter relationship in the film as well, it really is a touching story.



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      Angie08 wrote Jul 21, 2008
    • My goodness, I am thrilled to hear this film was good. I have been waiting for months since I first saw the film being advertised before another movie.

      Rent 12 times? You are a true fan.  

      I always feel as though I have to wait at least 3-4 days to see a new movie because of the lines. I am off to see Mama Mia.



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      Mary Kelly-Williams, M.A. wrote Jul 22, 2008
    • Ohdaze05 and Angie08,

      Let me know what you think of the movie.  I’m a complete and total sucker for musicals.  I grew up in Connecticut and my parents would take us in to NYC for musicals, the Rockettes and the Ed Sullivan show which may do some explaining.

      Of course I’m planning on seeing Mama Mia at least two more times.  And it was fun to go with full audiences.  Most of the people standing in the lines were waiting to see The Dark Knight.

      As for you Yana, you just continue having your fahhhhhbulous vacation and you can see it when you get back.

      Mary



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      Gina Medina wrote Jul 22, 2008
    • I can’t wait to see this movie.  I’m taking my mom and my daughter, I have the day planned out for us.  Lunch and a movie.  I’ll let you ladies know how it went.  Just waiting for my mom to get back from her lil vacation.



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      Mary Kelly-Williams, M.A. wrote Jul 22, 2008
    • Oh georgie girl, I’m so jealous.  A multigenerational film fest!  Yes, please share after you go.

      My youngest daughter went to see it today in Boston.  She LOVED it and missed her mama.

      Mother daughter relationships can be tenuous at times, but there’s a bond that’s hard to explain.  I adore my sons and I couldn’t ask for better ones...but the cozy snuggly relationship you have with your daughters just can’t be beat.



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