The Absolutely Fabulous movie is one of the summer’s most anticipated comedy films that will be a special event for all AbFab fans, so bring out your champagne glasses coz we’re going to celebrate how fun it is to be loud, glam and decadent.
Get your champagne, botox, Lacroix and cocaine overdose ready because Absolutely Fabulous – the most decadent female comedy show of the last century and this millenium, is coming back, bigger than ever – to your local theatre like now! That’s right, the badly behaved, recalcitrant duo of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone will be hitting the big screen, with double the trouble and we hope, triple the fun.
If anyone knows the Tomboy Tarts, you’d know that Persis, one of our co-founders, has been inspired by this show and French & Saunders, which showcase the amazing talents of Jennifer Saunders and her longtime comedy partner, Dawn French. Ab Fab was an integral part of her comedy DNA because beyond a doubt, it was so much fun to indulge in the sheer debauchery of a sitcom where women were finally taking the mickey out of, well…women – with all the sexism bells and whistles included darling.
When it started, Ab Fab was the female response to “Men Behaving Badly”, a British sitcom that was created and written by Simon Nye which followed the lives of two rowdy guys, celebrating men who made a sport out of belching, burping and pooping. That sitcom paved the way for Absolutely Fabulous to take a feminine perspective, showing the world just what could happen if women fell over our puke or knocked into a lamp post head-on, high, while trying to maintain a certain level of fabulosity about the whole thing. Just ask those punch drunk girls at your local concerts or parties falling over themselves silly at 2am, which is classic Ab Fab action right there.
The idea for the sitcom sprung from a French & Saunders sketch called “Modern Mother and Daughter” where Saunders played a badass mother (named ‘Adrianna’) and French played the stoic daughter we all have come to know as Saffron or “Saffy”. However, the drunken stupors and shenanigans that Ab Fab has become so famous for, was inspired by time spent when the comediennes became good friends with popular UK girl-band, Bananarama, after a Comic Relief show back in 1989. Saunders revealed in a 2012 interview, “The nights with Bananarama were some of the best nights of my life, and I got a lot of gags from them because they were big vodka drinkers. I remembered all of the falls that I saw the band do. I once saw one of them coming out of a cab, bottom first and hitting the road, and I thought, ‘Now that’s class.'”
It has been 24 years since the show debuted on the BBC in 1992 and it has been nothing but a roaring hit because back then, there wasn’t another show like it that made women look so comically badass with a VIP license to all sorts of political incorrectness. No one could doubt that the combo of Saunders and Lumley was sheer ‘wanky’ genius. That in-your-face stance and fuck-the-world attitude has helped garner the show a global, very gay and loyal fan base that has been laughing with these two delusional egomaniacs for well over two decades.
In the highly anticipated film debut of this comic duo on the silver screen in July, you’ll get to see champagne swagging Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone coasting around St.Tropez, Onassis style, in designer beachwear your annual salary probably wouldn’t be enough to put a down payment on.
It’s decadence at its peak accompanied by lots of sun-kissed tropical mixes, cougar kisses and super hot rompers for dessert. Plus, it’s all filmed with a slightly misty-eyed look as we wonder if this isn’t just one of Edina’s usual dreamy, sweepy-loopy escapades – you know, the kind she always has when she’s knocked out unconscious after a night of boozing and stimulants on her bedroom floor before she miraculously recovers, fumbles about and ends up taking a huge tumble down her staircase? Yeah, that’s the one. However, unlike the Batman vs Superman film where dream sequences literally derailed the plot’s storyline, in Ab Fab, it’s always a core part of the humour which lends itself well within the show’s narrative and character development.
The movie will star Saunders and Lumley, along with One Direction’s Harry Styles, who will play Patsy Stone’s love interest (god forbid!) as well as Glee’s Chris Colfer. Other cast members include Joan Collins, Abbey Clancy, Lulu, Emma Bunton, Tinie Tempah, Kim Kardashian and Gwendoline Christie from Game of Thrones.
You can bet it’s all going to be one star-studded rollercoaster ride with lots of binging in between as Edina and Patsy are blamed for a major incident at an uber-fashionable launch party. Fleeing the prying eyes of the paparazzi in London, the two end up at the French Riviera, penniless. They then hatch a plan to make their escape permanent so they can live the high life forever.
Well, it certainly sounds like fun as these two post-menopausal, hormone-pumping women with money to spare in their bank accounts (and panties) are kicking up the more dust than they can handle and you know what? We’re in! Take our money coz we just want to be part of their shenanigans on the big screen, especially in a world gone dry of politically incorrect humour and goofball kitsch. Heck, these days, even our bent tampons are funnier than all the insipid “comedy” fare that’s on TV today angst-ing itself away to Club ‘This-Sucks!’.
It would be interesting to catch up with these two bitchin’ loudmouths and to witness how they navigate around a world that has gotten so politically correct, ‘Facebooked’ and sterile. After all, what alcohol, cocaine and weed used to be back in their heyday, is now metamphetamine laced with algorithms you can download off the Google Play Store. Something we’re sure the movie will take a dig at, at some point of its storyline, as the curtains are pulled back, reminding us that there is always reckless, spontaneous fun to be had, no matter what your age or bra-size.
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