Three Little Words

I wish I could help it, but every time a woman (or a group of women) registers astonishment at something another woman has said by saying “oh…my…god!” I feel hugely repelled. In real life, in a TV series, in a film…anywhere. Chalk on a blackboard times ten. So I’m naturally concerned about a moment in the Mamma Mia trailer in which Amanda Seyfried tells her friends she has three possible dads coming to her wedding and she doesn’t know which is the actual sire, and…you know the rest. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Fingers crossed. It opens on 7.18.

20 thoughts on “Three Little Words

  1. T. S. Idiot on said:

    I heard three young women say this yesterday and realized I never hear anyone but women under forty say it. The pauses between the words makes it even more irritating.
    Goldie Hawn at the 1971 Oscars: “Oh, my God! It’s George C. Scott!”

  2. If you feel the need to listen to ABBA songs for two hours, it would probably be a lot more entertaining to watch Muriel’s Wedding again.

  3. Gouge out my eyes and stick an ice pick in my eardrums! My wife, daughter and daughter-in-law can see this on their own. My son and I’ll see the Dark Knight or Hell Boy II, even Indiana Jones.

  4. What about, ” Sweet tropical Jesus ” ?
    Nothing in the world could drag me to the cinema to see this. Not even the lure of Firth and the presence of Julie Walters. In fact that trailer made me depressed and nauseous and depressed again. Yet another notch on the ” this is what women want to see ” tally board which means that there’ll be more of this bile-inducing wretchedness served up to us in the near future. I might just end it all now and get it over with..

  5. I was at the Mama Mia screening two Wednesdays ago down at The Landmark. Since I wasn’t there as a critic and it was the first press screening, I’m holding off a review until someone more powerful than me breaks the embargo (Universal can be butt heads sometimes). But, it is a very fun musical. If you liked the show, or if you think you’ll like the movie, you’ll probably be satisfied. My wife is a big fan of the show and she was more than pleased. Amanda Seyfried is terrific in it, and it’s great to see her finally breaking out.

  6. The woman would never, ever try to make me see this or SITS, and has no desire to see them herself. She wants to go to the new Herzog film. She’s looking forward to TRON at The Castro.
    Godammit, why can’t she be rich, too?

  7. Remember when trailers would just end with the title of the movie. And then some asshole had to put the little “exclamation point” clip after the title? And now every trailer has to have one.

  8. The over/under number here is “Hairspray’s” $120 million domestic. I suspect over and it will certainly outperform that film overseas, by probably a minimum of $40 million over that pic’s $80 million, but that still means around $250 million global, which leaves it short of “Prada’s” amazing $326 global gross.
    Or does it just break off all the tackles and sprint down the field?
    Streep’s late-innings game is looking good.
    As for art….don’t know about that…
    Normally, I’d be fleeing like the rest of the male dudeness here, but someone gave me a free ticket to the musical in London eight years ago and I was surprised how much I liked it.
    Remember, Glenn Miller (or somebody) said “All that remains is melody.” Which is why ABBA has endured and this one has a shot.
    It’s all in the notes…

  9. I was at the Mama Mia screening two Wednesdays ago down at The Landmark. Since I wasn’t there as a critic and it was the first press screening, I’m holding off a review until someone more powerful than me breaks the embargo (Universal can be butt heads sometimes). But, it is a very fun musical. If you liked the show, or if you think you’ll like the movie, you’ll probably be satisfied. My wife is a big fan of the show and she was more than pleased. Amanda Seyfried is terrific in it, and it’s great to see her finally breaking out.

  10. ABBA is the reason I can’t run fast enough away from this. Give me those cliched classic rock songs any day. I think I’ll go clean my head out and listen to London Calling.

  11. I just wanna know… why was Meryl Streep having an orgy with Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and whomever that third father is? Kinky!

  12. Oh, EDouglas, would that that was the actual plot here. Unfortunately, the story isn’t nearly that daring or interesting. It’s theatrical Velveeta. I saw, I loathed, I vomited. But when all is said and done, it’ll quite easily outgross HAIRSPRAY. To say nothing of SEX AND THE CITY.

  13. Best “Oh my God!” moment (and by best I mean worst) goes to the guy with the glasses in “Troll 2,” when he realizes the goblins are going to eat him. (Disclaimer: I work with that guy at the Salt Lake Tribune, and he just finished organizing a three-day “Troll 2″ extravaganza in nearby Morgan, Utah, where the grade-Z classic was shot.)

  14. Best “Oh my God!” moment (and by best I mean worst) goes to the guy with the glasses in “Troll 2,” when he realizes the goblins are going to eat him. (Disclaimer: I work with that guy at the Salt Lake Tribune, and he just finished organizing a three-day “Troll 2″ extravaganza in nearby Morgan, Utah, where the grade-Z classic was shot.)

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