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Grade B

 

The follow-up to the hit “Mama Mia!” focuses on Lily James (who plays a young version of the Meryl Streep character) and Amanda Seyfried (the daughter of the Streep character).   As Seyfried prepares for a big party that may not even happen, she and others reminisce about her mom’s life, shown in flashbacks where James takes over as the young mother to be.   James easily steals most of the scenes she’s in, showing a fun personality that seeks to enjoy every bit of life she can take in; and as she does so, we see how she meets the three men who will eventually be Seyfried’s three “fathers.”

My most memorable, movie moment of “Mama Mia!  Here We Go Again” is the scene when party revelers come to Seyfried’s island and “Dancing Queen” is played.  It just makes you want to get up and start singing and dancing.

If you enjoyed the first movie, you’ll enjoy this one.  Plenty of singing and dancing, many cute, funny moments, and a wonderful surprise at the end of the third act.

— M

 

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Grade B+

 

Lindsay Lohan plays a home schooled teen raised in Africa who is finally going to a regular school.  She will quickly find out that nothing is regular in the High School that she will go to.  The teachers are a bit mentally off; and the students are like a microcosm of the wild animals that Lohan has seen during her African upbringing.   Alone in this teen jungle, Lohan must carefully navigate the numerous cliques of jocks, burnouts, cool Asians, wannabes, nerds, and the powerful “Mean Girls” ruled by Rachel McAdams.

Lohan quickly befriends two outcasts who persuade her to join the mean girls and use whatever secrets they tell Lohan to help bring down the mean girls’ reign of terror.  Lohan reluctantly agrees; but when one wears a mask for a long time, it becomes difficult to distinguish the real face from the mask.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Mean Girls” is the scene when McAdams discovers she has been duped into eating “health” bars that actually makes a person gain weight.  The long scream that came out of her mouth was priceless!

“Mean Girls” flies high above the average teen rom/com/revenge flick because of Tina Fey’s script, Mark Waters’ fine direction, and the good acting of the principal actors.  It’s no wonder this movie has many repeat viewings.

— M

 

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