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Director: Michael Patrick King
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Jennifer Hudson, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis
Well, as you might guess from my name, the Manhattan Movie Maniac, I’m not a TV guy. Sure I watch a game or reality show from time to time and know every Seinfeld like a fanatic, but generally speaking TV is not what I do. So, it should come as no surprise that I had never seen this show that seemed to enrapture female viewers for six seasons. The look is flashy and the dialog is crisp, but not particularly funny. The story is not real convincing and is packed with women going ape shit over clothes and accessories. I guess as an anti-materialistic, heterosexual male, this isn’t really supposed to make sense to me. The characters are fairly well-developed for a film of this kind, and my lack of familiarity with the TV show, didn’t leave me lost, but the male characters don’t get much attention from the busy script.
Sarah Jessica Parker, looking like she needs bucket therapy from KFC (Eat something! Have a doughnut for the love of God!) plays Carrie Bradshaw, a NYC writer with three perfect friends, who believes she has found the perfect man and the perfect apartment who now needs the perfect closet to house her collection of ridiculously overpriced clothes, justified by our media-driven corporate culture. Now she needs the perfect closet as a gift and wants the perfect wedding in this world where money means nothing. There are unconvincing complications along the way, of course, and lots of shots of the four girls having fun, and looking fabulous. The whole thing ends the way you think it will before you even sat through the montages.
Sex and The City is a flashy, but ultimately flat, tribute to people who think their lives should be self-indulgent fairy tales. There are few good lines, lots of shots of silly ‘fashion’ outfits and a neat reversal that has men as one dimensional accessories to the women’s lives. It wasn’t unpleasant to watch, but should be relegated to an add-on position on 2 for 1 video nights for those with an interest in the subject matter.