Saturday, May 31, 2008
So New York Post Columnist of the Year Andrea Peyser caught the first screening of Sex and the City yesterday. What did she think?
In a roomful of women who looked as if they hadn't digested in months - and scant few breathing men - I saw the big-screen version of "Sex and the City," an excruciating paean to Manhattan, Manolos and menopause that should have been sponsored by Depends.
When did the story of four aging broads - and these women are about as far from being "The Girls" as Phyllis Diller is from puberty - turn into a horror show?
Time and the tyranny of the camera close-up have not been kind to Sarah Jessica Parker, who at 43 looks positively ghoulish as the still-single Carrie Bradshaw.
Her litany of lifestyle impossibilities continues to mount like her facial blemishes - a rent-controlled apartment, dozens of $525 pairs of stilettos, and a noncommittal, mega-rich boyfriend, Mr. Big. Sadly, the only thing large about Chris Noth these days is his protruding gut.
I spied a gaggle of gals who looked as if they'd eaten recently. I asked, Did you like it?
You can't be from New York, can you? "No, Connecticut," she said.
"Better than Indiana Jones!" trilled only the second man I saw. But this guy wore a pastel shirt. Figures.
I predict huge success in the multiplex. New Yorkers know better.
Well, it's really easy to make fun of a movie like this; it's even easier to make fun of the people who may enjoy this movie. Oh. And not to mention the looks of the actors in the movie. (Chris Noth fat? SJP ghoulish? C'mon.)
I wish Andrea would have written about the real problem with the movie -- how it ruined New York City. It's a subject worth repeating. Maybe she took a different route because the Post covered this a few weeks back. But is saying that Chris Noth has a beer gut do much to bring attention to the rampant commercialization, sterilization and development that the movie helped spawn here?
I invite anyone who may be new to this subject to read the following articles at Jeremiah's Vanishing New York:
How the cupcake crumbled
A plea to SJP
How SATC killed NYC
Fashion review: 10 Years Later, Carrie Coordinated (New York Times)