This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on
a new film opening this weekend at The Majestic Theater in
The long-awaited movie version of “Sex And The City” premiers
tonight. Yes, the celebrated HBO
series is about four
women, and their sex lives. But
mostly it’s how they talk to each other about their sex lives.
Nothing is taboo. Forget
about modesty. Nobody is demure
here. And any man who dares to
enter the picture anywhere, well, he just has to know he’s going to be
cussed and discussed over the lunch table.
But we like these four friends because they seem real to us, with real
problems and insecurities, despite their obvious attractiveness.
But in the end, we like them because they stick with each other no
matter what. Like real friends
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is the narrator, the voiceover
throughout. She’s a newspaper
columnist, and has an eternally on-again, off-again relationship with Mr. Big
(Chris Noth), and guess what, in the movie, it’s still on-again, off-again.
The blonde, Samantha (Kim Cattrall), is the single woman with the
seemingly insatiable sexual appetite, who gets bored as soon as someone takes
her seriously. The brunette,
Charlotte (Kristin Davis), is the sweetheart who finally realizes that
there’s something more important than looks, and that’s finding someone
who truly loves her, and she actually has a husband and a child and appears to
be fairly normal, despite enjoying the racy dialogue.
The redhead, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), is the one teetering between
obsession with her own work and disappointment when her husband isn’t
eternally understanding of her distractedness.
And just to make sure this is “girly” enough, we have fashion
shows, shoe fetishes, frequent costume changes, conversations about designer
purses, plenty of emotional drama, and severe swings of mood, pacing, and
tempo. Is there anything at all
for the guys?
Well, there are some male characters who actually get to look and act
like real men. And men are
actually shown to be good husbands and fathers, as well as despicable
philanderers, but that’s what we expect, right?
The fans of the television series won’t be disappointed.
And the movie version might even develop a new generation of advocates,
for both Sex and The City.
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,”
for 93-5 KICK-FM