Absolutely Fabulous

Absolutely Fabulous

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DVD - 2016 | Widescreen edition.
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After grabbing the attention of both the media and police for accidentally knocking Kate Moss into a River, Edina and Patsy hide out in the south of France to escape the paparazzi frenzy.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc., [2016]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD ABS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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Nursebob
Apr 03, 2019

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley dust off their AbFab characters for another go in this vaguely disappointing farce framed for the big screen but written for the telly. The panoramic views of downtown London and sunny Nice are beautiful and the list of fashionista cameos are as long as your arm—besides Kate Moss herself we’re treated to walk-ons from the likes of Stella McCartney, Jerry Hall, and Jean Paul Gaultier with Pierre Cardin opening the doors to his futuristic hilltop mansion. But aside from Saunders and Lumley’s manic performances the material sags under the weight of all those personalities causing you to go from “OMG!” to “Oh look, it’s Perez Hilton, Joan Collins, and Dame Edna…” To be fair, the two leads are in fine form despite the intervening 25 years and the original cast members manage to reignite something of the old chemistry—not to mention the fashion industry being more than willing to laugh at itself—it’s just that the shock value has worn thin and the characters have become so predictable they’re something of a self-conscious cliché. Eddie and Patsy get crap-faced with a bong, Eddie’s daffy assistant “Bubble” (Jane Horrocks) still spouts vacuous non-sequiturs, and magazine editor Magda (Kathy Burke) continues to spit and growl. Even a sadly despairing monologue by Saunders on growing old, fat, and irrelevant (while bobbing about in Pierre Cardin’s pool) only serves as a lead-in to yet another schtick while a gender-popping finale is more or less lifted from Wilder’s "Some Like it Hot". With a quarter century gap you’d expect something more than a storyline as old and tired as its protagonists.

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Thecatlady
Jan 08, 2018

Definitely not as good as the original series. Few laughs, very few , but not enough to make me want to watch it again.

Franln Oct 18, 2017

Women of a certain age behaving badly. Hilarious stuff. Makes me want to watch the original series that I never got a chance to see in the 1990s.

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jimg2000
Aug 14, 2017

A nutty British farce on the misadventure of two best-girl-friends, one an over the hill publicist for entertainers. If you like "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988", "Wild Oats 2016" or "Last Vegas 2013", this is somewhat down your alley. Personally, I like this comedy for its silliness, the outrageous antics of the characters (hilarious scenes with the Richest Woman in the World) and the long queue of celebrity cameos --- some apparently are still alive and genuinely having fun to be part of the show.

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Courier2003
Jul 03, 2017

Bummer, did lots of fast forwards to get thru this looser!

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newdog
Jun 24, 2017

I wanted to like it, I really did. But no.

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BlueHippo
May 31, 2017

On my list of worst movies of all time. I only watched about 30 minutes (or less-maybe it was only 10 but it was so bad it seemed like 30) and took it out of my player. There was no introduction of the characters, so I had no idea who these people are. Plus it was not funny, just incredibly stupid. I'm with the other reviewer who said if this were her disk, she'd take a lighter to it!

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Onewhoissaved
May 30, 2017

I would have been embarrassed if anyone I personally know were to see me paying money to see this in a theater. But, this is the library and my identity will soon be expunged from the record books. In a word, this film is rubbish! Is this what is called British comedy? I must be bored to have sat through it. Could be that it is so awful that it is almost good. Actually, I believe this is like watching people you wouldn't be seen dead with from the safety of a keyhole. The world has too much doom and gloom or is it blood and guts.

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jeniferpalffy
May 19, 2017

Simply fabulous! You can't go wrong with Ab Fab. You have to have a sense of humor or be a fan to enjoy this.

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mmoors
May 14, 2017

I have to disagree with most of the reviews here. I was a big fan of Edina and Patsy years ago, and it was great to see them again. They have learned nothing over the years and are a little older but certainly not wiser. The astonishing purity of their unbridled hedonism and self-aggrandizement is somehow reassuring that some things never change. Three stars AB-FAB!

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jimg2000
Aug 14, 2017

I want to go in there, but I have to get past that big mirror. I think I am now officially
fatter sideways than I am front on.
-Darling, you don't need those. I am your mirror.
How do I look?
-Fabulous.
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Marshall is a transgender. He'd like to live as a woman.
-Oh, that's typical. Jumping on the bandwagon.
Finally she gets to cut your balls off!
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I am P. R. I took Sting and put him in the rainforest, gave the little pygmies a party.
I put Bono behind yellow glasses. I gave celebrities AIDS... The T-shirt.
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Everyone used to die young in old cavemen historical times. They didn't reach the age of 30. That's why now, everyone young just wants to go so fast. But at our age, you're lost, because... we should all be dead.
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I've messed up, I know that, but that will happen to anybody... who really lives life,
who really lives life, darling. And I now know who my friends are. Husbands, they come and go, but my friend has stayed.

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jimg2000
Aug 14, 2017

Oi, Pats. I've just been with Valentino.
-What's left of him?
Not much. He's a small lizard handbag with a hoverboard of hair.
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We are sisters. My people are your people.
-Which people?
Black people. I am a black person. Deep down, we are all black.
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Nothing is free anymore. Even freedom isn't free. It used to be. But now everybody wants your PIN number.
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If raw material was the finished article, there'd be no point of me.
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Get me half a Bass in a straight glass, and something to eat, but nothing with tentacles. And none of that dim sum bollocks. Get me a sandwich.
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Fat woman kills thin woman.
-You don't know anything! It was an accident!
Nothing about you is an accident.
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She told me I was a pariah.
-Do you know what a pariah is?
It's a fish.
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People will forget that. They've forgotten a lot worse. I mean, look at lovely Hugh.
He unzipped his chinos for a prossie blxwjxb and we forgave him. In fact, I think
we loved him a little bit more after that.

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jimg2000
Aug 14, 2017

Lubey, I have something to tell you. I'm not a man.
-I know. And I'm not a woman.
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Well, you don't mind sleeping with him/her?
-Does it mean you don't need the strap-on?
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Think of our life, our dream! Don't let this repellent little shrew take it away from us.
Every time our life hits a good patch, this miserable piece of flesh ruins it.
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Where's the party?
-The party is wherever you are, Kate!
I lost everyone.
-Sometimes it's good to have lost some people. You stay with me. We make another little party.
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All I've ever wanted was not to be fat... and old. You know, darling. To just keep
the party going. Now here I am. Just fat and old and hated... and nothing. I'm getting in. Darling, I know you think I don't know who I am... and what I've done. But I do, darling, I do. I'm disgusting. Always wanting everything, always taking more.
Wearing stupid... ridiculous small, small, small, stylish, stupid, ridiculous clothing!

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