Parents' Guide to

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Musical sequel is escapist fun; some innuendo, drinking.

Movie PG-13 2018 114 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 13+

Upbeat with some high calibre cameos

This film is not reaching new heights or breaking new ground, but it is entertaining and if you have any soft spot for ABBA songs then it is quite pleasant to watch. I am not particularly fond of musicals and I enjoyed this film and enjoyed everyone hamming it up for the camera. The film does its best to influence our sentimentality and we are rewarded with high calibre cameos. At the end it leans hard on sentimentality and upbeat dancing and that's ok.
age 15+

Mamma Mia

It was too sexy for my kids and way to old for them.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21):
Kids say (54):

It's wholly unnecessary, but this sequel/prequel is frothy fun for those who enjoyed the original's music and upbeat energy. Streep is definitely missed, but she does return for a surprisingly poignant cameo. The flashback story starring James et al. is entertaining enough, and it's a treat to see Christine Baranski and Julie Walters' odd-couple comedy antics carried through in the earlier timeline with Davies and Keenan. The three lads all believably portray younger iterations of Firth, Skarsgard, and Brosnan, with Davies' Sam, in particular, making it clear which of the men Donna truly considered a potential partner. It should also be noted that the younger actors have considerably better voices than the older dads, although, once again, it's the women who do the heavy lifting.

The movie's ABBA-filled soundtrack includes some repeat titles from the original, like "Mamma Mia," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Dancing Queen," and "The Name of the Game"; most of the additional songs are lesser-known B side tunes like "Angel Eyes," "Andante, Andante," and "When I Kissed the Teacher." But there's a fun "Waterloo" number that takes place in a Napoleon-themed French restaurant, as well as a perfectly timed rendition of "Fernando" featuring Cher, who cameos as Sophie's celebrity grandmother. It's not an exaggeration to say you wait most of the movie for Cher to show up, but she's worth it.

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