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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fans will love Brit pals' drink- and drug-filled adventure.

Movie R 2016 90 minutes
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Forget about Girls and Broad City and enjoy the original best friends behaving badly: "60 is the new 40" champagne guzzlers Eddy and Patsy. In fact, Broad's Ilana and Abbi owe a debt to Eddy and Patsy's absurd shenanigans, which paved the way for fictional women friends to act every bit as immature, self-involved, and raucous as their male counterparts. Chock-full of British celebs (Sadie Frost, Stella McCartney, Alexa Chung, Suki Waterhouse, Dame Edna, and the grand dame of well-kept women of a certain age, Joan Collins), Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is exactly what you'd expect from Saunders and Lumley: slapstick and humiliation humor and a hilariously enduring friendship that nothing can stop.

Beyond the central theme of partying besties, AbFab has always explored how Eddy's perpetual search for youthful relevance led her daughter, Saff, to be the "boring" mature one, and that dynamic continues in the movie. Yes, there are plenty of Stoli- and Bollinger-fueled excesses and exploits, but in the end this is also a story about friendship, family, and acceptance. While Americans might not clue in to all of the cameos, those who've see the Britcom will enjoy this additional hurrah from Eddy and Patsy, two of the most iconic female characters to ever grace the screen.

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