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Mamma Mia! Soundtrack

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Big, fun ABBA musical featuring Hollywood actors.
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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Consumerism

Promoting the release of the movie Mamma Mia!.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One mention about smoking as an only vice.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:July 8, 2008
Label:Decca Records
Genre:Soundtrack
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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"....
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 12 year old Written byTsion April 9, 2008

A Fun and Catchy Soundtrack!

The MAMMA MIA! Soundtrack is great. The CD is all fluff and fun, with great vocals, including the surprising Meryl Streep and the outstanding Amanda Seyfried. The only objectionable content are some innuendos that are light and non-graphic, but are used several times. They detail them in the CommonSemse review. It's great for all. You can pass over some of the more innuendo-heavy songs for little kids, but they will love the catchy tunes and irresistible lyrics. Highly recommended.
Adult Written byhelenmirrenrox June 1, 2011

yyy

This is a very FUN musical album. I think that it is okay for tweens at 12 but some iffy stuff.
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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