Picks and Pans Review: Absolutely Fabulous: the Last Shout
If Ab Fab is an acquired taste, then this two-hour episode is an opportunity for those who know the show to drink deep.
Bingeing on intoxicants at a French ski resort, those untamed British creatures of fashion Edina (creator-writer Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) hit the slopes face first. Then Edina hurtles into wedding-planner mode after her excessively sober daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha) unwisely jumps at the proposal of a controlling prig (Tom Hollander) with superrich parents. This yields more laughs, although several oh-so-wacky hangers-on (including comedian Mo Gaffney as a cowl-clad Scientologist) overcrowd the scene.
Some jokes are brilliantly on target, such as when Patsy quaffs and critiques Elizabeth Taylor's new perfume. An equal number are belabored. Shouldn't it have been obvious that "When is the millennium?" is spoiled by repetition? But Ab Fab goes out—if indeed this is farewell—with gusto and no apologies. As Edina says, "It might be wrong, but it's right. That's my motto."