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Fabulous, fashionable miss

Fabulousness fading: Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley bring their iconic characters Eddie and Patsy to the big screen.They promised a hot mess of absolute fabulousness and that’s exactly what Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley delivered.
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Unfortunately, it was more ‘mess’ than ‘hot’.

The pair brought back their signature 90s characters Eddie and Patsy, the hard-drinking, chain-smoking, completely clueless, co-dependent best friends whose misadventures in the world of fashion worked so well in episodic bites.

Joining them for their first theatrically released adventure are a host of carry-over characters from the series, most notably Eddie’s daughter Saffron (Julia Sawahla).

Much like any big screen incarnation of much-loved television programs, the nostalgia factor is sure to satisfy hordes of fans desperate for another taste of their favourite politically-incorrect alcoholic Brits.

But for everyone else who is not already emotionally invested in the characters, Absolutely Fabulous is a bit of a let down.

On the positive side, one of the main drawcards for Ab Fab was the promise of a bucketload of celebrity cameos.

And cameos there were aplenty.

The brief appearances were largely dominated by figures in British fashion –like key plot-pointer Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Cole, Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Chung, Suki Waterhouse and Daisy Lowe –but plenty of others also got in on the action.

An expected appearance by Dawn French was amusing, Rebel Wilson played the same character she seemingly plays in every movie, Chris Colfer (TV’s Glee) was one of the most fabulous in the cast and both Lulu and Emma ‘Baby Bunton’ did a lot of heavy lifting.

But two of the best cameos belonged to Jon Hamm –whose flirtation with Patsy was as glorious as it was cringe-inducing –and Gwendoline Christie, whose mere presence drew whispers of “Brienne of Tarth”.

While there were certainly a few chuckles to be had, sadly, genuine laughs could not be found.

Despite their best attempts to bring Eddie and Patsy into the modern era, Saunders and Lumley just couldn’t get their film over the line –a fabulous mess indeed.

Absolutely Fabulous, rated M,is in Hoyts cinemas now.

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