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July 28, 2008

Dancing Queens in the Aisles

As any regular reader of Gelf's Blurb Racket could tell you, film critics are always letting us know how we're going to physically react to movies. Stepbrothers will have you holding your sides with laughter! The Dark Knight will send chills down your spine! Journey to the Center of the Earth will have you hanging on to your seat! The Love Guru will make you violently ill! And so it should come as no surprise that Mamma Mia! will have us dancing in the aisles. But does everyone have to say it?

Mamma Mia!
Hollywood.com calls Mamma Mia! "An absolutely hilarious, rousing and joyous celebration that ought to have you dancing in the aisles." According to the Southern California's Press-Enterprise, an advanced screening had one viewer "Literally waiting for people to start dancing in the aisles." Canada's CTV.com encourages us to "Clear those movie aisles, crank up those ABBA tunes and let the Mamma Mia! party begin."

"If the reaction in the United Kingdom, Greece and Sweden is any indication," warns India-focused Rediff.com "millions could be dancing in the aisles watching Mamma Mia!" And the Hollywood Reporter lets us know that, "Teenage boys may be glued to the latest action adventure, but the rest of the family will be having a rollicking good time and dancing in the aisles to Swedish pop group ABBA's irresistible songs."

With all that insistence, it's possible people actually were taking to the aisles—though a Gelf writer reports that there was no one dancing at the screening he attended. It's difficult enough to leave a movie to get popcorn or go to the bathroom, one can only imagine the reaction of the people sitting behind someone who decided to get up and groove to "Knowing Me, Knowing You." As Matt Wolf, the theater critic for the International Herald Tribune, tells Gelf, people could hop up and start dancing with the film as they often did with the musical play it's based on, but "it would be a bit daft. The whole point of such a theatrical shindig is that you're sharing the event with the cast."

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