D. Recio, SJ
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Absolutely Fabulous (1992), released in the US (1994), offers viewers a sharp and satirical view of two women who have left an indelible-lipstick-smeared mark on popular culture. Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders), Boomer-age mother with a strong penchant for excess, enjoys a friendship with her partner-in-crime, Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), a rapidly-aging blonde who considers sexual promiscuity an ongoing contact sport. She is Samantha Jones' older English cousin.
The cast includes Saffron (Julia Sawalha), Edina's overly-restrained daughter, who finds herself frustrated with her mother at every turn, largely because Edina cannot foresee the consequences to her self-indulgent choices. What makes Absolutely Fabulous enjoyable are the antics which Edina and Patsy engage in, often to their detriment, which in this show, is played down carefully. Included among the other characters: Bubble (Jane Horrocks), Edina's incompetent secretary, who cannot organize much less offer structure to Edina's already chaotic existence. Bubble is "bubble-headed" and is played for laughs, largely for her quirky and periodic turns of character. For example, she cannot remember to inform Edina of an impending deadline in the third episode, "France", but she manages to translate perfectly what the Frenchman says to them when he tries to explain that Edina and Patsy have mistakenly assumed lodgings in the wrong place.
This first volume features the complete scripts for each of the six episodes from the first season including: "Fashion", "Fat", "France", "Iso Tank", "Birthday", and "Magazine". The book also includes 16 pages of full-color inserts taken from episodes of the show.
Absolutely Fabulous fans will enjoy reading the brilliant writing which reflects the superior intellect that both Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French, the respective creators, bring to the comedy table. Viewers, when enjoying this very fine comedy, must also remember that it is satire. By its definition, satire not only seeks to make known what it criticizes but it also invites reform. To watch Absolutely Fabulous and to enjoy it for its high-spiritedness is in itself, a great pleasure. But Saunders and French have also suggested that the excesses of these two women, who have too often, known little self-restraint might have to face genuine consequences sooner or later.
In some ways, what makes Absolutely Fabulous enjoyable is the delightful friendship these women share with one another. Occasionally, we are offered glimpses into the past and in doing so, we see how one's childhood affected who these women became. In "Magazine", a brief flashback offers a comedic yet telling sequence featuring Patsy's mother (Eleanor Bron) who was herself, a selfish, highly-libidinous woman prone to resent any sexual competition, particularly from her daughter. When we flash ahead to a retirement home, Patsy's mother is aged and incredibly bitter. Next to her mother, sits a resentful Patsy, complete with 80s hairdo, who listens to a riotously funny if pitch-perfect speech in which her mother fulminates that she has been reduced to reading: "two Barbara Cartlands a month..." What we sometimes miss in watching the show, due to its fever-pitched speed in delivery, we can enjoy a bit more in reading and re-reading these very fine scripts which should delight any fan.