Media here have been hyping the opening of the Sex and the City film. Stories in the papers and on TV have been talking about women who plan to go, in groups, to see the film, and then have parties or even do the town in Carrie Bradshaw style, going to the trendy spots and downing cosmopolitans.
I was clearly in the minority last night when I went to see the film with my wife and another couple. My friend Bernie and I were among a total of nine or ten men in the theater packed with 250 or so women. And this wasn't in Manhattan; this was in the quiet suburbs of Bronxville/Mount Vernon, just north of the city.
I used to watch Sex and the City when it was on HBO and I liked it. I'm not sure I would choose to have such shallow and materialistic women as my close friends, but that doesn't mean I couldn't enjoy a weekly glimpse into their lives. Similarly, I don't think I'd want good fellows like Tony Soprano and his crew as close friends, but I loved getting to know them through the distance of TV every week.
I won't spoil it for anyone by giving details, but the Sex and the City film was, in my opinion, a perfect way to bring closure to the long-running HBO show. It was interesting to see how these women we had come to know were getting on with their lives a few years after the show had ended. The film has the same wit and glitz as the TV show, and it gave even more dimension to the lead characters and to the men in their lives.
If you were a fan of the show when it was on TV, definitely go see the movie. If you never watched the show, I think you'll still enjoy it. It's light entertainment, with a nice message about the importance of friendship -- which is something even the few men in the audience can appreciate. (For the macho guys who go only to keep their wives or girlfriends happy, there are a few nude scenes to keep you awake.)
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