Ridiculous is the Point of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

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One of the best things about “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” is that one need not to have watched the BBC cult TV series to get it. For those that aren’t familiar with the show, it follows the adventures of middle-aged PR guru Edina Monsoon and her best friend, fashion editor/professional lay-about Patsy Stone-as they embark on a series of adventures and mishaps.

The series, which began in the early 90s, was never so much about action as it was a biting satire on the fashion industry, celebrity and the London jet set in general. The movie is no different. While the characters are older, the idea is the same. It starts with Edina is not doing as well professionally as she had been in the series. Then she gets a tip that Kate Moss is in need of a new PR person, and conspires to accidentally meet Moss at a party. That goes south, with Edina appearing to accidentally kill the modeling icon. Rather than give up, Edina and Patsy solider on after coming up with a plan for a new life that involves Patsy reconnecting with a flame from 40 years ago and marrying him for his money. If this sounds ridiculous, that’s the point.

For a comedy, there’s some surprisingly serious social commentary such as the deification of celebrity, entertainment masquerading as news, and the sexist double-standard when it comes to aging. Still, the movie is never heavy-handed. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley shine in their respective roles as Edina and Patsy, but newcomer Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness is the real breakout here as Edina’s tween granddaughter Lola. Donaldson-Holness is sweet and precious without being cloying or jaded. “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” may not be a classic, but is worth seeing if you’re looking for laughs.