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|Sex and the City
by Laura Kyle
The "Sexist and the Witty" film critics out there have joyously bashed the shamefully shallow "Sex and the City" film. But the criticisms are a whole lot flimsier than the film.The way I see it is there are two breeds of film critic -- the kind that judges a film upon its own merits, and the kind that prefers certain genres. If you belong to the last category and are not a woman, or gay man, you might pull out your own tooth before giving Sex and the City five stars. If you ever manage to set aside more than two hours of your life to watching it, that is.
"If you think Sex and the City is shallower than Juno, then you are a guy."
However, if you belong to the first category and still insist that Sex and the City is smelly dog shit, you've decided to ignore the film's target audience. And that's a big, unprofessional mistake. (Imagine if you gave a kids movie a thumb's down because it lacked adult themes.)
Sex and the City may not be your cup of tea, but that doesn't mean it's a threat to humanity either.
Women get their occasional chick flick fix with forgettable romantic comedies -- the good ones are few and far between. Theaters are usually overwhelmed with superheros, action scenes, special effects, war stories, explosions, and maybe some serious dramas during Oscar season. But Sex and the City does not fit into any of these categories, which is why the majority of male film critics (as well as some uptight prudish women) just don't know how to react.
If Sex and the City was about promiscuous male characters looking for love and/or lust, you'd think: that's been done before! It's hardly uncommon for a character-driven film to feature a man sympathetically eager to shag beautiful women or ultimately marry a beautiful women. At worst, it's considered humorous; at best, human nature. So while we wink at American Pie, why do we shake our heads at Sex and the City?
But it runs a lot deeper than that. For some reason, women who like shoes, purses, dresses, cocktails, and sex, are unscrupulous, superficial, and slutty. But would we similarly condemn men who like tech gadgets, video games, whiskey, and sex?
Let's not only talk about a male's interpretation of Sex and the City, but his misunderstanding of it as well. The film only showcases one stereotypically "promiscuous" character -- Samantha, and she's in a faithful, monogamous relationship in the film.
Miranda and Charlotte are married parents, and Carrie is engaged. So while there's a significant amount of sex, and talk about sex, there is virtually no sluttiness. Taking this into account, Sex and the City comes off as a mature sex comedy, not a brainless sex-obsessed romp.
Secondly, while the sometimes scene-stealing clothes are to DIE for, and the shoes, purses, and cocktails are very intentional props, Sex and the City is about relationships. That's what drives every ounce of drama. And if you're still awake for the final scenes, it'll be quite clear that the moral of the story is hardly a hollow one about trendy fashion. To compare - Star Wars is not just about cool weapons -- the two cannot exist without each other, sure, but you can't focus on only one element.
Just because a girl likes purses, doesn't mean she's materialistic. Just because a girl likes sex, doesn't mean she's a slut.
I don't want to give away any of the plot, but it's far from empty-headed. And even if it was, why can we accept the mindless fun of guy-friendly movies like Indiana Jones but expect so much more from Sex and the City? Why can guys "ooh and aah" at props like guns and spaceships, but we can't swoon over a designer handbag?
And why is it OK for a man to have pride in his car, but not okay for a woman to have pride in a piece of jewelry?
Sex and the City is entertainment geared toward audience members with vaginas (and men who wish they had vaginas). And it's well-written, funny, and enlightening entertainment at that!
If I didn't feel the need to rebuttal all the testosterone-pumped reviews that preceded this one, I'd probably write a few paragraphs on the movie's inferiority to the TV show, for instance.
But the fact that Sex and the City has motivated rant after rant about the state of women in modern society doesn't make me sad about the state of women in society... but the state of men.
I accept that guys who like Rambo aren't necessarily violence-obsessed; I accept that Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings have inspired generations of geeks and Halloween costumes -- why can't Sex and the City be judged as a movie, like these? Why must it meet higher standards?So get over yourselves, guys. While I know it's irresistible to make fun of Carrie's bedroom-sized closet, you're missing the joke, and the boat.
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originally posted: 06/05/08 07:55:23
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