Sunday, May 30, 2010

Why Sex (Sucks) In the City!!

1. As always, its just about a parade of brands, more brands and this time some gross Arab ostentatiousness thrown in with Middle East prudishness being caricaturised. "Dubai is over. Abu Dhabi is the Middle East" is the tagline used by the Arabs who woo Samantha to come over with her three friends to make their new hotel a brand


2. The movie maintains real time...Big and Carrie are now married for 2 years..the time since the last time they got together for the big screen and holy matrimony. Children are now grown..Miranda's cute red-haired little dork is a tooth gone little brat while Charlotte has her two girls ...But its evident that all the problems of life went on deep storage to be taken out two years later...


3. I'd like to have a relationship like these single women of New York manage to find. One where everything is fine till the spotlight is turned on it and then suddenly the husband hogging the remote, wanting to eat in and not really liking the designer, gay, brand talk circuit pops out like pimples on the happy marriage landscape.Isn't two years like quite a long time to get used to habits like these? Or do these things start rankling only post a couple years of togetherness?


4. I became a huge fan of the Sex and The City television series about five years ago, I think. Watching the series, season by season was a favourite passtime of my sisters and friends. But watching it with popcorn and wine at home over the weekends is lovely. Paying nearly 500 bucks (8 pounds) to watch it in the theatre somehow seems criminal in my present student situation.



5. The four ladies are hotter than any 40 year old women have the right to be...But the pressures of keeping Sex and The City true to the '30something single women living life at their own terms' through into their forties is somehow beginning to wear thin for me. No amount of flattering camera angles can keep the weary lines that have started appearing on the faces of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha.Samantha - the oldest of the pack seems the best maintained. But wonder, if the loyal audience who continue to be the patrons of Sex and the City for over a decade now would mind if the women had more than just fashion escapades.


6. Carrie's life has hardly progressed now that she is steady with Big. Wonder why she is still the protagonist when the others seem to have moved on with life and age but this woman seems to be in time warp.

7. By the way, even the Arabs won't know this...according to Miranda, the way to say Yes in Arabic is 'Haan ji'. Guess the Indians in the Sex and City team tricked the director and script writer to have a couple of moments of private laughs.


8. There are some fun moments but some are too gross or too over the top. The gay wedding scene at the beginning is just soooooo stereotyped.


9. Caricaturing of Arab life and mindset, the focus on how women in burkha have to lift their naqaab every time to pop a french fry in. Then there is the revelation for the Fashion conscious NY-4 that women roaming around in burkhas around souks in the Gulf wear Armanis and YSL under their homogenising garbs.


10. The Indian butler to Carrie at the Abu Dhabi hotel gives her profound insight into Love. Gaurav talks about meeting his wife once every three months if he can afford it. Hmmm..he's in a great job, if he can manage to go home every 3 months isn't it? But to the Americans, it seems akin to slave labour. Enough for Carrie to leave back loads of cash to reunite him with his wife when she is forced to leave Abu Dhabi thanks to their desert escapades

11. Guess now I understand why Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) seemed so unsure during the promotions, praying that enough people come to see the movie!!!!


Best lines/moments of the Film:


Poor naive Charlotte's attention is brought to her new Irish nanny's 'wholesome' assets given a free rein...Samantha remarks that hiring such nannies should be against the Law. And the writer Carrie Bradshaw (who's now conveniently using Preston whenver possessiveness strikes) comes up with a killer punning on Jude LAW ( Got the joke? Check here if you don't!)


Liza Minelli's guest appearance in the movie is justified by Miranda as When there is too much of gay thing happening, Liza is forced to appear!


Miranda and Charlotte decide to have a mummy evening. Each bitch/rant or rave is followed by a sip of the martini...hic hic moments are always fun...Candid admissions suddenly make you feel like some people have actually grown older - unlike the protagonist Carrie.


But the classic one is the one which appears on a trailer that precedes the movie - Those who are here to watch this movie are either women, gays or boyfriends who have been dragged along by their girlfriends.


The thing is no one forced me at knifepoint to go and watch it. But after being a fan of Carrie Bradshaw and her writing and the lives of the 30 something women in the tv series, I feel shortchanged by both movies. They are now in their forties. Samantha is going through her menopausal pangs. But their portrayals on the big screen have become more caricaturish, perfectly fitting into their stereotypical moulds that have been carved out.


I wish the director had tried to do something a bit different. I understand that this movie is only for the loyal followers. I was one of the TV series. But there was more to the series than just great clothes and shoes.


Sex Sucks in The City... My gyaan - hmmm...go for the brands, shoes and dresses if that's to your liking. Not much of a story, nor are the women looking convinced about what they are doing like they did in the TV series. There are some moments but the rest goes off in a blur while a lot many stereotypes continue to be perpetrated on the "dumb Americans".

12 comments:

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  2. Have never been a fan of the show but I knew initially it was all about 'women power'. However, heard from die hard fans that they were disappointed that in the end, Carrie got married and did the conventional thing. Being a woman not into fashion and shoes, I find nothing in the series or movies.

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  3. I had liked the series too..just because of the humour factor...cause frankly I do not believe that women like Carrie and the gang actually exist in real life.
    I became disillusioned at the end of the series cause I felt inspite of everything thrown at her Carrie actually never grew up...she remained a Naive and sentimental fool.
    I will see the movie cause I am curious after reading your post :)

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  4. I know what you mean Psych Babbler. But this series was all about women having fun with men as mere accessories in their lives. That's where the feminist imaginations got piqued. But my biggest grouse is, I so understood them when I was in my early twenties. But now, it seems like they have moved on real time as our lives, but they are still stuck in what seems like petty issues like me, while my life has moved on...weird to be comparing with a tv series, but that's just how I feel

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  5. Hehehe, LP, I guess Sex and the City will be okay for whatever appears on blogsphere, if it motivates more people into the theatres. You don't realise how the time flies, but at the end of the film you feel dissatisfied, unlike how it was at the end of a tv episode..:)tell me what you thought!!!

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  6. @journomouse.....great job dear.....but where is the prob in sex in the city....

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  7. Hmm, Women playing with men.
    That had to happen, afterall everyone looks for revenge. :)
    This is a powerful review, cheers Madam.

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  8. Like you have said, I have been a great fan of SATC all through the TV series and their first movie was also good. Sad that this is such a let down, but then maybe I shall just download it and watch it than wait for the release here in India.

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  9. Mag[m]: was that a rhetorical question or a question about the series. Didn't know which vein the comment was in..:) Welcome to my blog

    BMBF: Why does women playing with men denote revenge? Isn't it something like whoever the shoe fits? Welcome to my blog! :)

    Aathira: I think you will really like it if you were to sit in a group of friends, with some popcorn, wine and accompaniements and watch the movie. Its a perfect DVD watch. The pinch of the movie begins only when you think of the money and the effort you took to get to the theatre..:) But then, even this nitpicking reviewer couldn't help but go and splurge after the movie in retail therapy. So there, it was more injury to my card..:)

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  10. SATC did an awesome thing when it aired in India - it gave way to this whole slew of the so-called SATC-esque women bloggers that were funny, candid & not afraid to talk about their favorite drink, the office bitch or their latest hook-ups. Blogging was suddenly so much more fun! The time has come, though, for SATC to hang up its now-last-season heels. There's too much content everywhere of the same kind.
    We need novelty.
    We are golden :)

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  11. That's so true Crazy and Drunk...That's a nice pseudonym. To me, SATC was cocking a snook at all those who used 'Feminism' as a dirty word with inherent implications of feminists being those women who were either plain as a board or with moustaches that would put the Vikings to shame and so, needed the feminist crutch to denounce the need for men in their lives. But I agree, time to hang up the last season heels.

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  12. Thats definitely more angst .. I was so angry when I was back from the movie .. guess I was tired to write my entire blab ... and people tell me thats the most profane of all my posts ..

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