It’s been awhile since the world first met Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone. Nursing hangovers from the ’80s, the main characters of “Absolutely Fabulous” stumbled their way into existence in 1992, quickly winning hearts despite having very few, if any, redeeming qualities. While much has changed since the now-iconic BBC show ended, fans will be delighted to know that the leading ladies were too strung out to get the memo in time for their big-screen debut, “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”
“They’re still living the way they always did—for the next drink, the next thrill, the next thing to buy,” says Joanna Lumley, who plays Patsy, a chain-smoking, vodka-swilling fashion editor with a sneer as big as her hair. “They still exist thanks to Botox and every collagen implant you could imagine, but things are moving very, very fast around them. It’s a very different world now, and they haven’t really adapted to it.”
The “Absolutely Fabulous” movie presents a familiar scenario for the duo: Edina’s (played by writer and creator Jennifer Saunders) PR career is in peril as usual, and Patsy teeters a fine line between helping her best friend and enabling her fellow trainwreck. The film is over the top, yes, and it’s packed with star cameos, including good-sport Kate Moss and Stella McCartney, a natural scene-stealer. But at its heart it’s an oddly endearing story about ride-or-die best friends who are too stoned to care about who’s watching on social media.