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Sex & the City in the City

Posted on 2008.06.11 at 14:43
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Just to be clear – I haven’t seen the Sex & the City movie and probably won’t anytime soon. I’ve watched one entire episode of the TV show and it didn’t grab me – didn’t seem like the worst thing on TV; not even close, but didn’t seem notably worth watching either. A couple of women have assured me that it’s because I’m a guy, but I can’t buy into that either – one of my best female friends regards the show as utter garbage, so I can’t view this along gender lines. I think it comes down to individual taste, especially as I often enjoy films that have been labeled as “chick flicks.”

I bring this up because of something I overheard the other night while waiting at a bus stop in the Loop. Two well-dressed 20-something couples came along, waiting for the bus as well. Their topic of discussion was the Sex & the City movie.

“I really liked the movie,” said one of the men. The other three seemed genuinely surprised, though I couldn’t be sure whether their surprise was because of their feelings about the movie or their feelings about their friend. Still, their reactions prompted him to justify his statement, so he continued. “I think it made some good points about relationships. It was one of the most intelligent movies I’ve seen in a long time.”

Like I said, I haven’t seen the movie so I can’t say much, but it did make me wonder – just what kind of movies has this guy been going to?

So I put it to you – have you seen the movie? The TV show? Are they intelligent commentaries on contemporary relationships? Entertaining fluff? Or what?

Comments:


denii or deniss
aeazel at 2008-06-11 20:27 (UTC) (Link)
The show often left me with a few chuckles, but just as many gripes (normally concerning the writing and how trite it could be). Haven't watched the film, but I highly doubt I would before I sat through the series--which isn't going to happen any time soon.

If I want to explore relationships between people in contemporary film, I'll likely pick up a Wes Anderson movie.
jenniferblaufrau
jenniferblaufra at 2008-06-11 21:02 (UTC) (Link)
I was dragged into viewing the series with a friend, and it became a fluffy girl bonding thing. At first I hated the shallow materialism of the characters, and I never thought the writing was all that great, but I learned to enjoy the humor and fluff and slight now-and-then depth of the show.

I went into the movie expecting nothing more than some fun fluff, and that's exactly what I got. I think the women represent the materialistic urban mainstream, a group I don't identify with much. I don't really see anything intelligent about the series or the movie.
beautifulsoup at 2008-06-12 00:03 (UTC) (Link)
I was an avid watcher of the show until I... kind of grew out of it. It has its insightful moments, but I don't think the vast majority of the population can relate to the relationships in the show. I have no interest in seeing the movie - but I wanted to know what happened, so I had my friend fill me in. The movie sounds like the TV show - very entertaining but not overly clever or surprising.
(Anonymous) at 2008-06-13 17:17 (UTC) (Link)

Watching Sexy Paint Dry...

While I'm not a fan of the series...I still wanted to find out what the attraction was for so many. Thanks for the comments ! I thought the following review brought up some good points from a different perspective. I don't march in lockstep with him but I patiently read through it to give him a fair shake.FG

http://www.catholicexchange.com/2008/06/13/112832/
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