June 2, 2008

The Aftermath of Sex and the City

I'm working on putting together a longer more thoughtful piece that will come later in the week, but I put together this overview for the Women's Media Center.

Unless you've been under a rock for the last week or so you know that the women from the TV show Sex and the City are back this time on the big screen. Four years after we said goodbye to Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte, the women have taken the movie industry and the country by storm, besting all projections with an opening weekend take of almost $56 million dollars.
Check out the full piece here: A Women's Cultural Moment

Here are some points of note that I've picked up from the coverage:
  • Women made up 85% of the audience on Friday night.
  • More men were in the audience on Saturday when it played more like a typical romantic comedy date movie.
  • Warner Brothers (a studio that does not have a good track record with liking women centric films) called it a "cultural phenomenon"
  • Kim Catrall already has her next job lined up. The lead in the HBO comedy Sensitive Skin about a middle-aged NY wife and mother, who begins to question her choices in life as well as her sexuality
Stupid line of the day goes to The NY Times: "Grown-up women have never exactly been absent from the big screen. Women’s roles have been as complex and varied as Helen Mirren’s turn as Queen Elizabeth II, which won her an Oscar in 2007, and Meryl Streep’s performance as the semi-monstrous fashion magazine editor in “Prada,” which turned into a box office smash."

Gee wiz- two women over two years? Kind of proves the point of why women are desperate for women's stories- doesn't it?