Teen Critic: Chick-flick ‘Mamma Mia!’ definitely not for teen boysby Shane Weinstein on Jul. 22, 2008, under Calendar, Family
It seems that the new box-office trend is to translate successful Broadway musicals into movies. “Dreamgirls” has done it, and so has “Rent” and “Sweeney Todd.” Following those hits is “Mamma Mia!”
“Mamma Mia!” is the story of a girl who has plans to marry, then finds out that she has three possible fathers. Sneakily, she sends invitations to all three without her mother knowing, and the havoc begins.
Meryl Streep heads the all-star cast as Donna. Pierce Brosnan plays possible father No. 1, Sam. Stellan Skarsgard plays possible father No. 2, Bill, and Colin Firth plays possible father No. 3, Harry. Amanda Seyfried plays Sophie.
Like all Broadway show adaptations, “Mamma Mia!” has catchy songs and terrific dancing. But from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy, it was a chick flick. The only reason that I can think of for any other 13- year-old boy to go see this movie is to see Seyfried. Personally, I’d rather watch “Sweeny Todd.” I was really the only young boy in the theater. Everybody else was either a young girl or over the age of 40, including my mom and younger sister, and they seemed to love it.
All in all, I really did not enjoy this movie. I only checked my watch twice, but I think more female moviegoers than male will spend money to see this film. I give it two and a half stars out of five.