Why I’ve Watched The Movie, Mamma Mia!, Over Fifty Times!

When I switched on the TV last night, I was amazed to see that ITV were showing the movie “Mamma Mia’, again! Despite it having been on TV, at least ten times, in the last year, we watched it again.

Over dinner, John and I tried to work out how many times we had watched the movie and we came to the conclusion that it must have been over fifty times! But why I hear you ask? Well, before I tell you why, let’s have a look at one of my favourite parts of the movie where Meryl Streep sings the movie title itself, “Mamma Mia!”

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Now after watching that scene time and time again, my favourite part of the movie has some serious flaws in it. Did you notice any of them?

1. Thirty-five seconds into the clip – Isn’t it great to see Meryl bump into some goats? They seem to give her a bit of a shock, which I was rather surprised about because earlier in the movie the building she has just come out of is referred to as ‘The Old Goat House.’ So, the goats must live there, yes?  If so, why is there an upstairs which seems to only be accessible by going through a hatch? Now, I know goats are clever creatures and can probably walk upstairs, but opening up a hatch to go to bed is something I’m not sure they would want to do. I wonder if the goats knew that Meryl had let out their bedroom to Pierce, Colin, and Stellan?  I wonder what the room rate is and if there is an en-suite?

2. One minute twelve seconds into the clip – Where did those three girls come from?  They seem to be getting up off the floor. Why on earth were they laying on the floor in the hot sun? Was it the shock of Meryl’s singing and dancing as she came out of ‘The Old Goat House’ that made then collapse?

3. One minute twenty into the clip – There’s Meryl, on the roof, hanging upside down looking into an upstairs window. One minute and twenty-six seconds into the clip, when we see Meryl getting up, just look at how wide the gap between the roof and the top of the window is. Kind of very dangerous to be hanging over the edge like that, Meryl. In fact, I’m pretty certain there would have been no way you could have stayed hanging from the roof when looking into that window unless somebody was hanging onto your feet. Come to think of it, maybe it was one of the goats that were hanging on to you?  After all, they are very clever creatures and, as if by magic, did disappear as soon as Meryl got back up.

4. One minute Fifty-Four seconds into the clip – Just where did all those people come from whose faces suddenly appear over the edge of the roof? And, what the heck are they hanging on to?  Maybe they’re all floating in midair? Scary. Should have been an Eighteen certificate movie.

5. Two minutes into the clip – Now all those people are climbing onto the roof to join Meryl. How the heck can they do that considering there is only one ladder up to the roof? Maybe the goats have helped again and got a stash of ladders out to help them all get up there at the same time?

6. Two minutes and three seconds into the clip – Meryl tries to open the hatch on the roof, with no success. Is it stuck? Everyone else, now singing and dancing, join her on the roof. Don’t you think that by now, Pierce, Colin, and Stellan would have definitely heard them all up there, what with all the singing and dancing going on?

7. Two minutes eleven seconds into the clip – That bald-headed chap seems to have the strength of Hercules as he opens the hatch without any problem at all. Maybe when Meryl tried opening it the goats were holding the hatch down because they didn’t want her in the upstairs of their house again?

8. Two minutes seventeen seconds into the clip – Just look at the size of that hole now that the goats have let go of the hatch door. Nothing smaller than a couple of feet across could get through that, if it fell in, could it?

9.  Two minutes and twenty-four seconds into the clip – Oh no, Meryl has fallen over and gone where? She couldn’t possibly have fallen right the way through that small hole, horizontally, without any kind of injury, could she? Now, if she had gone through it vertically while being lowered down by all those people on the roof, I wouldn’t have been so worried. I do hope she’s OK!

10.  Two minutes and twenty-six seconds into the clip – We see Meryl land on her back on top of the blow-up bed, Colin has blown up. Thank goodness for that!  But how she managed to squeeze through that two-foot square hole, as she fell horizontally, without hurting herself, and have then performed an Olympic Gold medal diving twist to end up on her back, I have no idea. I mean the distance between Colin’s blow up bed and the ceiling is what, ten to twelve feet at most? Wow, Meryl, I bet it was Tom Daley who taught you how to dive and twist in mid-air like that, wasn’t it? And a question for Colin.Can anyone really fully inflate a blow-up bed, by blowing into it, in two minutes twenty-six seconds? My, you must have a great set of lungs, Colin!

Now, I would never ever knock Mamma Mia! The Movie. After all, I’m a huge fan having watched it more than fifty times. The reason why I have watched it so often is because it’s a fun movie that has all those great Abba songs in it which do nothing but make most people sing along and feel very happy.

What about you? Have you seen ‘Mamma Mia!’ and does it make you feel happy when watching it? Maybe you spotted some flaws in the movie you’d like to share with us?

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    1. I totally agree, Colleen. Musicals bring so much laughter and happiness, even on a cold, wet, Saturday evening. I’m a huge fan of ABBA and can remember them winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, which was held in Brighton that year. I only wish I had been there, in person, but still remember watching it on TV.

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  1. Love it, Hugh! Very funny critique – and the goat motif kept me in fits of laughter (being one myself, as you know!). I adore that film and it always makes me feel happy. Love ABBA songs! xxx

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    1. Yes, I’m pretty sure that all us ‘goats’ love this move, Ali. When ever I do watch it, it brings so much positivity. It’s a sure winner for that. I’m just wondering how long it will be until I reach my 100th viewing.

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  2. Well, gosh, it’s Meryl Streep- how can a person not watch? 🙂

    You raise some great points. We love to find little tidbits like that when we are watching a movie or a tv show- we find it to be fun! There’s an episode of Friends where Phoebe is wearing this pendant and the camera keeps bouncing back and forth between her and Rachel. That pendant is never in the same place. Randomly it appears to have swept over to the side of her chest and then next time we see it, it’s back centered again. Back and forth. Many times. I tend to notice little things like that.

    I find Mamma Mia to be a fun movie to watch for the very reason you stated- singing along to those Abba songs! 🙂

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    1. I agree, Kat, Meryl Streep is Queen when it comes to watching a great movie, and ABBA are the best when it comes to singing along.

      I’ve never seen that episode of Friends, or maybe I have but just never noticed the pendant. We have a great TV programme over here in the UK that points out all the mistakes in Movies and I always enjoy watching it. There are people out there who do nothing but look for mistakes in movies and TV programmes and I’m always amazed what they come up with as I’d never would. I think I only noticed these flaws in Mamma Mia because I’ve watched it so many times. 🙂

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      1. I just saw the movie- Into the Woods- with my kids last week. Meryl Streep did a great job as the witch. 🙂

        I’m always interested in those mistakes- I’m not sure why. lol 🙂

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      2. I saw that movie being advertised when we were in New York back in November. It opened here on Friday and has had excellent reviews, although some people have said that Meryl Streep looks like Ken Dodd as that Witch. He’s a British comedian from the 1970’s so you may not have heard of him, Kat, but check him out on Google and see if you think there is a resemblance

        I hardly ever spot the mistakes in Movies, unless they are pointed out to me, and only came up with the flaws in Mamma Mia! because I’ve seen the movie so many times. However, I think in the case of Mamma Mia!, those mistakes were meant to be and certainly add to all the fun the movie generates.

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      3. OH wow! Just looked up Ken Dodd and yes, I can see how people would say that. My only real complaint was how Meryl Streep looked. I guess it was the look they were going for but I just felt like her hair and make up could have been better.

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      4. See, there you go, Kat, so it must be true then. I wonder if Disney had him in mind for the part which he turned it down so they asked Meryl? I’ve yet to see the film but I’ll keep a look out for her hair and make-up when I do see it.

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      1. You are so hooked! The joys in life 🙂 Abba had an amazing talent in of making complex music seems simple and phrasing which hooks the listeners. Like them a lot!

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  3. Love the movie, always sing along, it’s just guaranteed to make you bounce around your lounge room. My favourite is “Take a chance on me” – just love that girl and her”I’m coming to get you” table walk.

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    1. Ah, that was Julie Walters, who is one of my favourite comedians. She’s a brilliant actress as well and never fails to make me laugh. Maybe I’ve found the answer to get you to destress while moving house, Claudette? Just watch the movie and watch that stress melt away 🙂 I’m sure, when the time comes, that even the removal men will sing along with you.

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    1. Thanks, Olga. I’ve never been compared to Graham Norton before but I’m very chuffed to have been now. I’m a huge Eurovision fan and I’d gladly take over (or join him) in the commentary box. Just think of all the money they’d save by giving me the job! You could call me a goat, being as I’m a Capricorn, so I’m a big fan of them as well.

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    1. I forgot to mention the Theatre version in my post. We’ve seen it four times in London and once on Broadway, so that makes it over 55 times I’ve seen Mamma Mia! (if you count the theatre versions as well). The thretare version never failed to get the audience singing and dancing in the aisles at the end when the actors came back on singing “Dancing Queen”.

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  4. LOL! Now I’ll never be able to look at a goat again without thinking about this film and this post.
    Up until a year ago I had never seen this film. Then one Friday night it came on and I started to watch. Oh boy did I enjoy it.
    I’m not a great lover of musicals, but this one is good.
    Thanks for another fabulous post Hugh and it’s been tweeted to all and sundry. Because it’s good and to say thank you for your tweets about my blog. x

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    1. Dorne, you’re very welcome. I’m so glad you have watched the film because, if you hadn’t, I would not be able to count the number of people I know on one hand who had not seen the movie yet! Phew! ITV 1, 2 and 3 all seem to take it in turns to screen this movie at least once a month, so it should be coming to a TV screen near you very soon.

      Thank you very much for the retweets as well. I’m so grateful for them and am always very pleased to support my blogging friends with the odd retweet every now and again.

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  5. Lol! I loved Mama Mia with all the lovely quirky mistakes. We all watched it and sang along to the songs. After reading your post, I’m going to have to find the DVD and watch it again. Thanks for the great post Hugh. Join me for coffee?

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    1. If you don’t find the DVD, Eloise, I can guarantee that ITV will show the movie again with the next month on either ITV 2 or 3. It seems to be screened at least once a month by ITV at the moment, with no signs of ever stopping being screened. Before we know it ITV will have a channel dedicated to just this movie so it’s being played on a continuous loop all year long.

      I’ll be over for coffee very shortly as I’ve seen the pingback. Mine’s a skinny Latte please 🙂

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  6. If I were Meryl and Colin was waiting on me, I’d swan dive into a bed from the roof any old time. Especially considering the lung capacity he demonstrated blowing up the air mattress.

    I am not a fan of that movie at all. But I might just be after reading your post, Hugh!

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    1. Yep, I can see where you are coming from, Nate, and just how useful having Colin around the house would be when something needed pumping up quickly 🙂

      If you do watch the movie again then please send on my regards to the goats and let me know if you spot any further mistakes.

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  7. I can honestly say I do not remember ever watching the movie. And now, I don’t know if I can with all the errors that have been pointed out. Hugh, I am worried about you. How is your gas doing this year? I was just wondering the other day if Hugh had gas or not. It’s amazing the conversations I recall. Or half recall because I think I am missing part of that somehow. Hmmm.

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    1. Oh no, that means I can no longer count the number of people I know, on one hand, who have never seen the movie, Ronovan. Please, you must watch the movie so I can count on one hand again. You won’t notice the mistakes until you have watched the movie at least 20 times, I promise. And don’t worry about the goats, they are clever creatures and can take care of themselves.

      Yes, my gas is great thanks, now that I have switched suppliers. My gas problem post was my most viewed post of 2014 but now it’s been taken over by Angela, who is hibernating in the attic for the next 11 months.

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    1. Nooooooooo! Don’t hang you head in shame, Suzie, just watch the movie and…well, just have a read of some of the other comments left on this post and see what peoples reactions to the movie have been. You’ll have as much fun as I did when I was stuck in a lift with hola hoop salesman for four hours!

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  8. Hmmm.. Ever thought about being a movie reviewer Hugh? I have seen Mamma Mia, once or twice, probably twice. I enjoyed it… ABBA songs always work their wonder but I do prefer ABBA singing them… that’s just me.. old stick in the mud!

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  9. I had a great time watching this movie with my family countless times. We are a fan of ABBA and love their songs. I felt that the movie did a great justice to their songs with a great story line and actors/actresses.

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  10. So glad you reposted this Hugh! I LOVE this movie! I got the DVD for Christmas one year and my daughters, my sis-in-law and I sat and watched it (a chick-flick night). Despite all the inconsistencies you mention, which I did not notice (where is the script continuity girl when you need one?), I balled like a baby during the Dancing Queen scene when the women all come out dancing. I don’t know why that touches me so, but it is also very liberating. Great show and brings back those feel good moments of the soundtracks of the 70s, during which I grew up 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Terri. Our blog archives are full of gold nuggets and I love giving them a second chance.

      With you on the Dancing Queen scene. I once watched an interview with the old lady who is carrying a bundle of sticks on her shoulders in the scene, and she mentioned how nobody was supposed to jump off the jetty at the end of the song. Once Meryl pushed one of the other actresses off, they all joined in. What great fun they must have had making the movie.

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