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The early ‘90s TV series about the Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley), and the triumph of PR over reality gets a worthy capstone, full of gleeful amorality and two characters whose self-absorption reaches a sort of mystical apotheosis. Even in the narcissistic world of fashion, Eddie and Pats stand out, or sink below, or slither through to the front of the line. And the passing of years has only increased the need for denial, the devotion to ephemeral pleasures and privileges, the mirrorphilic care of the self at the expense of everything and everyone else. The resulting absurdity, which sends our heroines on the run to Cannes after they knock Kate Moss into the Thames, is not for all tastes. But it is very much for certain tastes: the over the top, acid-tongued, camptastic sort. And it’s marvelously of-the-moment in its treatment of famewhoring during The Age of Internet. (You have to have a sharp point and thrust it hard to skewer the parody-proof cult of celebrity; AbFab just about manages it.) (2016) — Matthew Lickona

Rated R | 1 hour, 30 minutes
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