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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

An over-the-top farce that revisits the boozy ladies from the 1990s TV show

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie fits right into a popular entertainment genre. Because, let’s face it, Edina (writer/star Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) were walking corpses even back in their TV days, preserved only by copious amounts of alcohol.

Nothing has changed for their colorful-cum-gaudy cinema debut (and doubtless farewell) after 24 years. They drink and insult people, and no one is harder on the ever-more-corpulent PR exec Eddy (top client: the singer Lulu) than Eddy herself. Their adventures involve all the old gang and lots of cameos — from Jon Hamm to a flash of Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries, who also has a juicy male part, i.e., role) — along with myriad acerbic quips and a few inventive set pieces (Patsy and a Taser on a plane, Eddy’s daughter singing “At Seventeen” in a drag club).

Not that it matters, but there is a plot. Eddy kills Kate Moss (spoiler alert: she turns up alive), then flees with Patsy to the south of France, where they contrive new ways to keep drinking and stay rich. (Some still like it hot.) So this is one for the fans — a way (and gay) over-the-top farce that skewers the fashion and PR industries, along with celebrity egos. Plus ça change, darling. As they say in Cannes.

Starts Fri., July 22. Manor Theater. 

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