If you’re an Ab Fab fan, you should see this movie because it’s as good as everything else they’ve done, and if you hate the show or have never seen it, don’t bother because you either won’t like it or understand it.
Everyone is older, of course, though pretending to be young, and while Saffy’s father is missing, she now has a thirteen-year-old daughter, a light-skinned black girl whose father we are told has gone back to Africa (Edina misremembers the name of the country as Ebola). There’s the usual emphasis on drinking, fashion, PR, celebrities, feeble attempts at exercise, and so on, so it’s typical Ab Fab. Plus, there’s actually a bit more story than usual, which I suppose was necessary given that it’s a movie and not just a half-hour show. I intend to get the DVD and watch it again just because it all goes by so fast that a second viewing is necessary.
Let me say that when this show first came on twenty plus years ago, I thought of the actress playing Saffy (Julia Sawalha) as having Saffy’s sort of character. Then she showed up in Pride and Prejudice playing Lydia, which seemed completely out of character for her, but she did it well, and I think in real life she’s actually more like Lydia than Saffy.