Even though I had never heard about this TV series, that this Brit comedy film is based on, I decided to give it a try. Here is what I thought… 😀
London in 2016: The two "elderly" ladies Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders), a PR manager, and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), a magazine editor, want to stay "hip, young and sexy" at all costs. However, they are not really that glamourous or rich as they think they are…
In fact, Edina is one step away from becoming bankrupt, so she desperately needs some new high-end clients. Her eye is soon set on (real life) supermodel Kate Moss who happens to be on the lookout for a new PR agent. But when Edina tries to approach her object of desire at a party in London, she accidentally pushes Kate over the edge into the river Thames.
Eddie and Patsy. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox
Presuming that Kate Moss has drowned and Edina will now be charged with murder, the two PR ladies need to flee the country! Their destination: The glamourous South of France…
Will they manage to re-activate a super rich former flame of Patsy and persuade him to marry her so that they can continue their hedonistic lifestyle after all?
Edina (right) with her personal assistant "Bubble" (left) and most feared competitor Claudia Bing (Celia Imrie). © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox
The first half of the film is set in London, where Patsy and Edina live. Here, they mingle with the absolutely fabulous "who is who" in show business (or so they think because the real celebrities try to avoid the two obnoxious PR ladies). Many London landmarks, such as the Tower Bridge, can therefore be seen in the film.
The scenes in which Eddie and Patsy mingle with London's fashion pack, were filmed on Bankside in the area known as Southwark. A 22nd floor penthouse of Neo House on Bankside serves as the location where a Giles Deacon fashion show opens the story. Meanwhile, an undeveloped Victorian Pump House in Wapping provided the perfect backdrop for the Yuki Muki party.
Tower Bridge, London. © Sonja Irani / filmfantravel.com
The second half of the film is set on the sunny Côte d’Azur, predominately Nice and Cannes. Edina and Patsy try to catch a very rich "big fish" here. So naturally, some of the world's most prestigious grand hotels, such as the Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat (where the swimming pool scene took place) and the Martinez Hotel in Cannes served as a fitting film location backdrop.
Eddie and Patsy living the high life in the South of France. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox
Calling every celebrity in town!
Absolutely Fabulous was a film full of real-life starlets and cameos including Ex Spice Girl Emma Bunton, designers Stella McCartney and Jean Paul Gaultier, ex model Jerry Hall or current models such as Alexa Chung, Lily Cole and Daisy Lowe. I also really liked Rebel Wilson as the "DDNB" (= Designated Do Nothing Bitch) aka the flight attendant on the low budget airline that Edina and Patsy catch in order to escape to the South of France.
Models Lily Cole, Jourdan Dunn, Suki Waterhouse and Alexa Chung in "Absolutely Fabulous". © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox
The fact that all these celebrities could laugh about themselves in this film was really cool and refreshing. And of course funny for the audience as we obviously know them from other contexts. Overall, the performance was really good – by everyone involved!
Kate Moss in "Absolutely Fabulous". © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox
The final verdict:
Better than expected, this Brit comedy was a good old, jolly laugh! 😀
*** 4 out of 5 stars
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