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Sex and the City: the Movie

08 Jul

Good news for all those who went into mourning when HBO finally gave Carrie and Mr. Big their happy ending: three years after the end of the series, all four principals (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon) have finally thrashed out an agreement that will see them starring in the loo-oo-oo-ooo-ng awaited movie version of Sex and the City.

I was never an addict, so the sentimentality of this moment completely passes me by but anybody who lived in New York during that last season knows what a big deal this must be for some people. I say ‘people’ and not ‘women’ because I actually know quite a few who really liked the show.

What did surprise me, however, was when I came down to India a while after the show had ended and picked up a copy of Filmfare magazine – and found that one particular column (the name of which I can’t remember offhand) had been hijacked by a person who sounded like Carrie Bradshaw… if she’d grown up in the Valley. There were throw away references to Manolo Blahniks in that horrendous “Omigod, like, omigod…” voice. It was a completely bizarre experience.  Just a tad less mind boggling than listening to Bollywood ‘rap’.

So how did a series about four 30-something single women in New York that remained unapologetically true to its character despite charges of elitism, racism, shallowness, et al become so famous and influential, even in countries, like India, where it has never aired?

Part of it is the writing – you may not agree with or like a lot of it, but it is well done. Part of it is the acting – Parker’s Bradshaw might be one of the most irritating characters in television history as one magazine put it but she’s pretty darn perfect for the role as are the other three. Part of it is the sex – women weren’t just talking about it, they were actually doing it. All the time, all over the place. MadTV, punning on the HBO catchphrase, said: “It’s not TV, it’s porn (with Emmys)”.

But the biggest part of it, in my opinion, was the City. New York.

I don’t know how or why this city translates so easily to so many people unless it’s the fact that it has the ability to be all things to all people – you can either hate it or love it. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody living there who thought New York was “nice” or “all right”. It’s not a city that evokes that sort of feeling. And it plays its part. Say you moved the series to Chicago or Seattle or even L.A. – it just wouldn’t work.

No word yet on when work on the movie is supposed to start.

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6 Comments

Posted by on July 8, 2007 in Entertainment, Movies, News

 

6 responses to “Sex and the City: the Movie

  1. gagan

    July 9, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    yep, would’nt work anywhere else ..good writing and location, location, location…:)

     
  2. shub

    July 10, 2007 at 2:35 am

    Sorry, don’t mean to nitpick, but as far as I know, it was aired in India, on HBO 🙂

     
  3. Amrita

    July 10, 2007 at 10:22 am

    Gagan – a fan I see 🙂

    Shub – not at all. thanks for correcting. it makes much more sense now 🙂 I just never saw it when I was visiting and couldn’t find a mention of India on the list of countries wherein it aired so that whole filmfare thing was weird

     
  4. toastmaster

    July 14, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Hey Amrita,

    Sex and the city is very New York; it has a fan following with not just the women but also the men. When I lived down by the big Apple – we (my friends and I) discovered Sex and the City at the local library. It made such a big impression with my friends that they rented a season a week and caught up with the 6th season as it was being aired on HBO. We did not buy the Sex & the City board game but it was a pretty funny setting – 4 close friends, indian in their late 20s early 30s would watch these 4 liberated women, enjoy the episodes and then go back to being their reticent selves; quite a juxtaposition don’t you think.

     
  5. Amrita

    July 15, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Hey TM – God I’ve done that – not for S&tC but I can relate to it. I think a lot of the attraction with the series was that it was a kind of wish fulfillment: women who didn’t have lives like that could always imagine and men who didnt know women like that could also imagine – from different ends of the spectrum, I guess 😀

     
  6. Liza

    July 19, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Hey people,

    No matter how much we brag about being modernized, at the end of the days Indian girls will be Indian. The point is we always tend to relate to the few we know who have been like us but how many do you think have the similar fashion of thinking? Lets be frank and straight here, the segment that belongs to the S&C types may be seluded to the Nepenseas and Marine drives only. I loved the show but my friends thought I was too bold to like it. Here I would like to mention that they all are very MBAs and doing well in life but at the end they need a man to settle down (I mean marriage and not live in relationship)

     
 
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