Sunday, July 20, 2008

My deepest apologies...

I suggested a movie last night. A movie that was to be seen by seven other people. I was not nervous. I simply suggested a movie that I wanted to see. That's all. It turns out, there were others who wanted to see it too. But there were not many others who enjoyed it like I did. No, that is an understatement. In the movie theater, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth. And I could have sworn I heard the distinct sound of someone slitting thier wrists, but they came out of the theater just fine.

I have to give a shout out to the lovely Krissy, who sat on the end of the row next to me. Without her, I would be hiding under my bed right now thinking I was the only one to have loved possibly one of the cheesiest movies ever made. I'm not kidding. If it hadn't been for Krissy proclaiming her love for this movie and her consistent "shushing" of everyone around her, and the tears that gently trickled down her cheeks at the very same moment they trickled down mine, it would have been a seen from junior high. I would have felt the pressure of all my friends who hated the movie and I, to be cool, would have followed along. If not, half-heartedly. I would have been a closet fan. I would have been relegated to watching the thing on a rented VHS tape in my parent's living room.

But I'm not 13 anymore. I'm not even 30 anymore. I'm a few short years from 40 and I'll shout it from the rooftops, I loved Mamma Mia! There was cheese pouring from every scene and it's true, without all the singing, it would have been a ten minute movie! Did I not mention in my top 100 things that I like musicals? Well, I do and as Elliott says, "You can't have a musical without the cheese." And I do love cheese. I will admit there were a few parts that were a little over the top for me, but that's ok. I watched the drama geeks in high school from afar and wondered to myself what it would be like to live so loudly and not care what anyone thought, but not enough to hang out with them. I still have a little bit of that in me.

And even though the music was a little different from the way I heard it on the radio back in the day, I'll take ABBA any way you serve it. I've put their greatest hits on my "music I must have" list. My friend Sarah did an excellent job describing what the fascination is.

So, to those of you who were there last night, poking your straws into your eye sockets hoping for some relief, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy yourself. I'm sorry you felt misled or deceived or that you wasted the calories in a large Dr. Pepper on that movie. But, as they say, you win some and you lose some. You'll bounce back. You'll find people that hated it as much as you and you'll compare war stories of how you lived through the whole experience. And while you're doing that, Krissy and I will be at the movie theater, waiting for it to start all over again!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pam, I hope it's o.k. that I (and Faye and Nadine) loved,loved,loved Mama Mia!!! Starting at the first song (I had a dream) we sang along and loved it all. I just couldn't get used to Pierce singing...does he do that? Your dad and I saw it live at Bass a couple of years ago and I loved it then. I'm waiting for the sound track to come out...you want one?
Love, Mom

Rachel said...

Pam, I have to say that I repent. I will go watch a movie if you pick it again. Please forgive me for saying that you couldn't pick a movie ever again. I'm also not really sad that I wasted my calories on a Dr. Pepper in that movie. ;) It was fun! But, I am probably the one who was ready to slit her wrist if they sang ONE MORE SONG!!

Love ya. . . even when you pick a cheesy musical. . . hey! At least we all followed!!

CALL ME MCKEE said...

WOW, A MUSICAL...YOU GOT GUTS GIRL. MORE POWER TO YOU. IM GLAD YOU ENJOYED TOURSELF.

Kathy said...

I absolutely LOVED Mama Mia. I saw it with my daughter (10) on Friday and tried to keep my enthusiasm down to a dull roar (and tried to hide my tears with my hair as Merryl sang Slipping Through My Fingers) because she was really digging it much.

Other women in the audience were cheering and clapping and singing - it was fantastic!

Amanda said...

I really want to see Mama Mia! I love musicals. Is it appropriate for kids or do I need to wait for it to come out on DVD? Kind of jealous that you got to see it.

Pamelotta said...

There's a lot of sexual innuendo and even some outright stuff that I wouldn't want my kids to see.

nanny said...

I'm with you Pam,,,I Loved it and was crying because I didn't want it to end. I'm guessing you have seen the play also, if not, find it and go see it, It is Awesome. When it is over the cast comes back and sings all the songs, of course while dancing. I would challenge anyone to leave the theater and not be all smiles. It is just wonderful.

Start World Hunger said...

it was the cheesiest musical I've ever seen, but who am I to say it was a flop? I was loving the high school musical 3 preview. I guess its just different when teens are being cheesy than when its adults.

Ali B. said...

Hmm. The innuendo will go right over Merrie's head. The outright stuff? Maybe not. Darn, I wanted to go see it this weekend.

Ali B. said...

FYI, to anyone else thinking about bringing a child (to any movie, actually), this is a great site:

http://www.kids-in-mind.com/m/mammamia.htm

I love this site. No surprises!

Janera said...

Honey, I'm way older than you, and I want to see it if this group I live with will ever let me choose the movie. Last time? Batman.

Good grief.

I see you're West Texas, too. Are we neighbors?

Bitsy said...

I am SOOOO sorry your buddies did not like the movie ~ I LOVED IT!
In fact, I've seen it three times in a week. Anytime a friend wanted to see it ~ I went. It might be an age thing, who knows!!!
Not cheesy for me, any movie with good music that makes me laugh AND cry is good!

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Joy, Bitsy