Ab Sad: Yet another amazing Brit comedy is being remade stateside
So here we go again with yet another UK comedy import. This time, Fox is adapting Absolutely Fabulous for American audiences starring Kathryn Hahn as Edina Monsoon (Revolutionary Road, Crossing Jordan) and Kristen Johnson as Patsy Stone (Third Rock from the Sun, Bride Wars). While Johnston is fairly funny, I know nothing about Hahn and get the feeling she was chosen because she mildly resembles Jennifer Saunders. Bottom line—I don't see much comedy on her IMDB page—not promising.
So WHEN are they gonna learn? This stuff doesn't translate—at least, the American networks won't allow it to translate. Somehow, I just don't think they're gonna have the Yankee Patsy brushing coke dust off her nose, do you? And that's not to say that stuff like that is even what made the UK version amazing—but it was certainly part of it. Creator/writer/star Jennifer Saunders was able to write a show that was totally outrageous, and yet full of subtle humor that only comes to you on the second, third or even fourth viewing. You can't just put a bandana on an American actress and expect she can get anywhere near the comic brilliance of Saunders.
I gotta admit that I'm taking this one particularly hard since finding AbFab was kind of a comic awakening for me. I realized women can be funny without having to be cute/pretty or even LIKABLE while doing so (picture Rachel and Monica of Friends posing for a photo like the one above showing the results of a night out on the town). Jennifer Saunders just never ceases to amaze me with where she'll take her comedy and just how intelligent it is despite (or in addition to!) the rolls down the stairs and drunken humor. So what do you think? Am I just being unfair here or is enough, enough with these remakes?
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