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Mamma Mia!

It is traditional for a bride to be given away by her father, but that is a problematic custom for Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) because she doesn't know her Dad's identity. Nor will her mother (Meryl Streep) confess. Wanting to find out, the young woman invites three of her Mom's old boyfriends (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgaard) to the wedding, hoping one of them may be the right man. This movie is based on a Broadway musical that features songs from the 70's disco sensation ABBA. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: C
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Theater Release: 17 Jul 2008
Video Release: 15 Dec 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Sophie appears to have been raised in a loving and positive atmosphere by a single mother. Why is she so consumed with finding out who her father is? Why does she think it will help her feel more complete as a person? Is a father figure important in a child’s life?

Does Donna have any regrets about her past life? What are the consequences for her decisions?

Tombstoning is a term used to describe an outdoor activity where participants dive off of a high fixed point such as cliff faces, bridges or sea walls. While this pursuit is portrayed in a positive way in the film, what dangers should people be aware of before doing this? When movies depict such activities, should they hold any responsibility for promoting risky behaviors?

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