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If timing is everything, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has nailed it. The Brits need a laugh after that Brexit debacle, and we all could use a big, fat and funny reminder that excess, narcissism and fabrication (Ab Fab hilarity aside) are not qualities we should celebrate and reward.
So here we are, a decade or so since we last saw Eddy (Jennifer Saunders) and Pats (Joanna Lumley) on the telly. Currently money is tighter than an Azzedine Alaia bandage dress. That shocking reality hits home, and specifically the fridge, when the partying pair discovers that their beloved Bolly doesn just magically appear chilled and ready to quaff.
What to do? For starters try to revive Eddy moribund PR company. The best way to do that is to nab an A list client that can generate the kind of revenue that will keep Eddy and Pats in face fillers and Nobu dinners.
The pair learn that the most super of the supermodels is in need of new PR. Eddy sets her sights on her and that, of course, leads to a right royal mess.
Like a lot of fans of the show, I would have seen the movie no matter what the reviews said.
was such good writing and great performances, my British friend Caroline Macklam said when I asked her what she liked about the series and her desire to see the movie.
are invested in the characters and want to know how they doing? Can you really consume that amount of drink and drugs and still be alive? it turns out you can, at least in Ab Fab land, as here we are almost 25 years later and Eddy and Pats are still going for it. I don know about you but I still willing, despite their bad behaviour, to go with them.
were so flawed and yet likable you could identify with their inherent vulnerability, said Vancouver psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Buttle when asked why we love these greedy label lovers.
And then there is their unabashed, unapologetic attitude.
a vicarious experience of the uninhibited self the selfish, narcissistic, hedonistic self, said Buttle. freedom. potato chip).
Lumley has said in the press that it possible that Pats is transgender. Well, that would explain the voice. And then there that episode in Morocco where a flashback shows a short haired, moustachioed Patsy strumming a guitar (heads up, she dons a similar look in the movie).
You would be hard pressed to find an episode of the show that has jokes that don stand up today; excess is still en vogue and while the clothes may be different except for Versace, that stuff is still a garish mess fashion is still taken too seriously. Two words: Met Ball.
While Ab Fab is firmly rooted in the unbridled, over the top aspects of the lives of two privileged party gals its success owes a lot to restraint.
While Eddy draped on more and more luxury items, the show was a lean six episodes for each of its four seasons (1992 1996, 2001 2004). There were two TV specials, in 2011 and 2012.
are a lot of gaps, Saunders, who created the show with her longtime comedy partner Dawn French, said in the press recently.
don do it every single year. So there enough time for the world to have changed and for there to be other things to talk about. We tend to come back when people say, are you going to do another? So we wait for people to start having an appetite for it again. who isn hungry for an Ab Fab laugh?Off white tunic dress, $149 at Ann Taylor.
DO sign up for some yoga classes. Eddy is a notorious breaker of this rule. In the new movie she is spotted in platform Timberland boots, a giant khaki duffel coat covered with colourful patches. Topped with a denim ball cap.
DON’T wear caftans anywhere else but the beach or near a pool.
DON’T overdo the accessories. Like Coco Chanel said, when you leave the house take at least one accessory off. Or, if you are like Eddy, remove at least five accessories. Your neck will thank you for it in the long run.
DON’T wear your clothes too tight. Eddy: for once I want to take my clothes off and not be marked by them.