Year of Release: 2016
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Mo Gaffney, Christopher Ryan, Kate Moss, Mark Gatiss, Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness, Kathy Burke, Celia Imrie, Robert Webb, Chris Colfer, Emma Bunton, Jerry Hall, Stella McCartney, Jon Hamm, Rebel Wilson, Dawn French, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Barry Humphries, Joan Collins, Wanda Ventham
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 4
The "Absolutely Fabulous" show started as a skit which was part of the French and Saunders sketch show on BBC, and became it's own entity since 1992. The show has gathered a fantastic following throughout the years, with 5 other seasons and some specials popping up since the debut of the first season. Throughout it all, Jennifer Saunders has maintained the caustic and irreverent tone of the show, always piercing at the core of the superficial trends that seem to come and go. Whilst that usually works in the brief format of the show, in this case, the film lacks serious momentum and a well developed storyline that sustains the entire duration of the film. There's definitely some well put jabs to the cult of celebrity, but the film lacks the sparkle and energy that the episodes of the show always possessed. Revisiting these iconic characters is always a pleasure, sadly for all the energy and fun both Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley bring, the film needs a bigger bite to really make it memorable and ultimately funnier. Revisit the show and file this one under quickly forgettable.