A Very Special Episode: ‘Sex and the City’

By Rob Rector

I know this is breaking format a bit, but I think this merits a post. Two people viewing the same film: one has a 10-year history with its characters, one going into the theater cold. I coerced my editor Jen Ellingsworth to chat with me after we screened the new “Sex and the City” film, for she was a die-hard fan and I thought Vera Wang was a social disease. So, here is our discussion, following a brief preamble:

Anticipating the anguished emails of readers who may take umbrage to any critiquing whatsoever of their beloved characters from “Sex and the City,” I opted for a different (read: cowardly) approach to this review which enlists the talents of my editor, one Jen Ellingsworth – perhaps the target audience for this show.

My theory is that if the producers wanted to make a film that catered specifically to the audience, it would have been released in the comfortable confines of its HBO home. Since it was debuting at the multiplex, however, it should be fair game for a standard critique on how it stands up as a film. (For example, if Pixar films are for children, shouldn’t they be open to adult reviewers?)

Since I was a virgin to “Sex” – I have never watched an episode, nor was I overcome with any desire in which to do so – I felt the thoughts and comments of one who had spent many an hour with our fab foursome would be of relative importance.

So below is the podcast of our post-screening conversation over a few rounds of martinis and Budweiser.

As always, you can dowload the episode right here.

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1 Comment

  1. When it comes to the SATC movie, I am the definition of “minority.” A straight male who loved this movie. A huge fan of the show, I had been looking forward to this since the first rumors popped up all over the internet.

    The most interesting thing about this movie, in my opinion, is the amount of critical coverage that it’s received from guys who would never have watched a movie like this under different circumstances. It’s crazy how the hidden sexist feelings of numerous bloggers have come out since the release of SATC. Just so we’re clear, I’m definitely not talking about you. But at another blog I used to read, they reviewed this movie and my jaw dropped. One of the guys says about his experience, “I looked around the theater and all I saw were tits. Tits. Tits. Tits.” Yikes.

    Another blogger I read a lot says that she’s surprised as well at the amount of awfully sexist remarks that have been popping up the last few weeks. It was good, in my opinion, that this move was released in theaters just so now everyone’s true colors are showing.

    I think your review was really entertaining. Your editor sounds like she’s done this type of review before, good chemistry between the two of you. I’d like to see what she thought about a movie that you had history with and she hadn’t. That’d be interesting to hear.

    Scott


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