Monday, June 09, 2008

Sex and the City in my City: The Girlfriend Movie


Mega-crowds of women in L.A., dressed outlandishly in 4-inch stilettos and toting designer bags, in which they've smuggled pre-mixed Cosmos, are standing in line to see Sex and the City, The Movie.

The film is over two hours long and unlike the television series is a melodrama, rather than a comedy. The writing isn't great and it takes forever to get to the climax. The Manhattan fashion world ­- where freakily skinny females are idolized, as are their ugly handbags - doesn't translate to the big screen as successfully as in, say, The Devil Wears Prada.

But that isn't the point for the women planning to see the movie together. At its heart, it's about girlfriends - their bond, their history together, their view of romance and LOVE. The love is not just for each other, but for Manhattan, which is the studly paramour of all these women.

The narrator of the television series, Carrie Bradshaw, says this: "There are those (relationships) that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous."

For many of us, the love given and received with girlfriends is what sustains us through marriage, divorce, teenagers and aging parents.

The Sex and the City phenom is also about Dreams and Youth, and the demarcation into Power and Middle-Youth, a generous description on my part because these babes - Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda - have aged, but not without a fight.

Saw it first with a movie savvy girlfriend. Afterward we sipped Cosmopolitans, and shredded the movie. Waiters stopped by to chat and gave us the inside story on the hordes of women streaming through both before and after the movie, every one in search of the retro, now archetypal, Sex and the City cosmo fix.

Liked the movie more the second time for the unadulterated girlfriend experience. Got to sit in between my two friends, a cool position to experience these girls, both those on screen and the ones next to me. We had cocktails before and closed down a bar after, and we laughed hard and long together. These women know me and still manage to love me.
A good night at the movies.