Radio 05.30.08
            This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on a new film opening this weekend at The Majestic Theater in Greenville :
            The long-awaited movie version of “Sex And The City” premiers tonight.  Yes, the celebrated HBO series is about four New York 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 do.
            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