PG-13 | | Comedy, Family, Musical
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA.
Early in pre-production, the producers suggested including a newly-written original song, to qualify for the Academy Awards' Original Song Category. Former ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus refused. Andersson composed some additional music, but the film was ineligible... ...
Bill: Heey! Right in time for breakfast. We're serving up the works here.
Rosie: Oh! Think you just did!
ABBA's iconic lyric "My my, at Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender," is incorrect. Napoléon Bonaparte retreated from Waterloo in June 1815, attempted to hold his army together for a month, then traveled to the European coast, where he surrendered to the British Navy.
After the final scene of the movie Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Julie Walters appear on a sound stage in matching 1970s glam-rock costumes and sing "Dancing Queen". When they finish Meryl 'asks' the audience if they want an encore. The three ladies are then joined by Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard who are similarly attired. Along with Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, they provide a rendition of "Waterloo" as the main credits roll.
£6,594,058 (UK) (11 July 2008)
$143,704,210 (USA) (31 October 2008)