Friday, June 11, 2010

Sex and the City 2 - what a beat up!

All this brouhaha about Sex and the City 2.

My 24 year old nephew posted on Facebook a comment: 'the Sex and the City movie is making a generation of young women dumb and ignorant.' My niece clicked 'like'. I posted a reply asking if he really believes a generation of women are dumb and ignorant. Does he believe a sexually active menopausal women in her 50s is to blame. Based on what evidence. Are action films making a generation of young men dumb and ignorant? So many flaws in their sloppy thinking. And the fourth comment, the one before mine, was simply 'sluts.' Interesting how quickly we get there. I suggested that young adults have always been sexually active; we just have more transparency now.

Ok, so Sex and the City may not be the best film ever made. It may show vacuous, self obsessed, wealthy and privileged characters. Are women seeing it simply for the fashions and to see women on the big screen? Why aren't male films attacked the same way?

And here is my conclusion, so far. The problem is that films for women, fun films, are so few and far between that we expect them to be everything. Films for men are a dime a dozen - new ones are released each week.

I haven't seen the film, but if I do it will be in the spirit of old style Hollywood films, where characters are wealthy, and their troubles minor, and the fashion is fab, the conversation is witty and the ride is enjoyable. I'm thinking Katherine Hepburn, Carol Lombard, Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe. Before entertainment became kitchen sink dramas and gritty realism.

We need more films for women. It would take the pressure off Sex and the City.

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