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I always found ABBA’s melancholy ballads more interesting than their better-known disco-influenced hits, but I find those latter songs pleasant enough in small doses.

String a bunch of the 1970s Swedish pop band’s upbeat numbers together, though, and I start to lose the feeling in my extremities, like when I drink too much soda. No surprise, then, that my fingers and toes started going numb during Mamma Mia!, a musical built on ABBA’s hit confections such as “Dancing Queen” and “Chiquitita.” The joke is, everything else about this movie is so weak that I wound up closing my eyes and waiting impatiently for the music to start up again.

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