Mamma Mia! Soundtrack

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Big, fun ABBA musical featuring Hollywood actors.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Small, playful talk about minor love affairs/jealousy: "I've had a few love affairs/they didn't last very long" and "And I'm possessive/it isn't nice."

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some minor sexual innuendo: "Honey, honey how he thrills me/he's a love machine/oh, he makes me dizzy.../honey, honey, let me feel it," "I can see what you want/but you seem pretty young to be searching for that kind of fun," "You're a teaser/you turn 'em on/leave 'em burning and then you're gone" and "Gimme gimme gimmea man after midnight."

Language
Consumerism

Promoting the release of the movie Mamma Mia!.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One mention about smoking as an only vice.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie soundtrack is adapted from the hit Broadway musical which features the songs of ABBA that were in the play and on their albums. There's some minor sexual innuendo and playful talk, but nothing remotely threatening. It's all about the music, and it's fun for the whole family.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written byPookies Mom July 9, 2010

Love it -- but there is one swear word in the song "Mama Mia"

Love it! However, there is one song that has a swear word when one of the characters is speaking a line in the middle of the song "Mama Mia"....
Adult Written byh_pokemon_h November 29, 2008

I laughed

i'm very happy, so..
Teen, 16 years old Written byMissE1000 May 1, 2011

Generally for all ages

Although I would NOT recommend the movie for anyone under 14, the soundtrack is generally clean and not a problem. Parents can listen to it with kids around, t... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 18, 2018

Perfect for any music-loving kid or ABBA fan!

Though the movie I recommend for ages 10 and up, the soundtrack is clean and has no non-kid moments, excluding one song (Does Your Mother Know). It is great, an... Continue reading

What's the story?

Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast (including Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried) in lending her vocals on MAMMA MIA!, the soundtrack to the highly anticipated film adaptation of the beloved and enduring musical. The movie brings the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group ABBA to the big screen, and the soundtrack includes 18 fun tracks from the movie.

Is it any good?

The same producers who brought the musical Mamma Mia! to the stage are bringing it to movie audiences, so fans shouldn't worry about whether the film version soundtrack satisfies -- it does. Granted, these actors aren't known for their singing ability, but they may surprise you. Meryl Streep can indeed sing -- and sing well -- as shown on the heartfelt "Winner Takes it All." Newcomer Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls) is a revelation with her clear, colorful vocal range, and even the dashing Brosnan manages to carry a tune, albeit a little lackluster, but we'll forgive his mediocrity because we know how good he looks while he's singing the tunes on the big screen. The Broadway musical was a hit because of the great music and heart-warming, funny story. The same wonderful music carries onto the movie soundtrack, so fans get a little more of what they already love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that such big actors are starring in this film adaptation of the hugely successful Broadway musical. Do you think it is fair to use such popular stars for the sake of generating audience revenue, or should studios also consider the theater actors who made the Broadway play so successful? Would you be more likely to see a movie if it features big-name celebrities?

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