A prime-time sitcom that rolled its eyes at family values and reveled in the joys of middle-aged, unattached women behaving badly, “Absolutely Fabulous” was a rare bird when it tumbled into U.K. living rooms in 1992. Nearly a quarter of a century later, as Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders) take their glorious mess of champagne and Chanel to the big screen, it feels like they never left us. They’re back, sweetie darlings!
Still oozing glitz and glamor, and living the high life they are accustomed to, Edina and Patsy are shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hot-spots. PR agent Edie’s delusions of grandeur are undiminished by her dwindling client list and failed attempt at selling her memoirs; magazine editor Patsy’s still a chain-smoking, man-eating hedonist with a Billy Idol snarl and an emergency cache of pharmaceuticals stashed in her platinum bouffant. But when the duo is blamed for a major incident at a fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more. For a post-Brexit Britain in dire need of some cheering up, this short, bright romp more than does the job.
(UK, USA / 2016 / Directed by Mandie Fletcher)
R / 90 mins.