I saw "Mamma Mia" tonight with some friends. I really (surprisingly) enjoyed it! It was very funny. It was serious enough about some topics (love/loss/major life decisions), but always reverted back to outrageous camp at the right moment.
Of course anyone my age loves all those ABBA songs, despite ourselves. Like any sappy, sugary pop songs, you can't resist them. ABBA remains the most unexplained pop phenomenon of the centuries.
"Mamma Mia" is definitely a 'chick flick.' There were 3 men in the audience, all gay. The women were all singing along, clapping, and cheering. The inevitable "Dancing Queen" scene had a whole village of women dancing through town---- ripping off their bras, throwing down their brooms, yanking off their kerchiefs, and popping their estrogen pills with vigor to get their ya-yas out.
Only ladies would understand.
Finally, another reason to see "Mamma Mia" is Meryl Streep. She is perhaps our greatest, living American actress. Gorgeous and mesmerizing as usual, and she had a lot of fun too!
See it now! At a theater near you!