Sunday, May 30, 2010

F This Movie! - Sex and the City 2

On the second-most domestic episode of F This Movie! to date, Patrick sits down with his dear wife Erika to hate on Sex and the City 2, puns and lifestyle porn. Plus, Patrick incorrectly identifies the creator of the TV series (it was Darren Star), Erika composes a new theme song and both prove that they're totally gay for each other.

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  1. Another good show...enjoyed it very much sipping my mamosa all the while getting my early morning mani/pedi. I guess the problem with reviewing a movie like this is it isn't a FILM... it's an event. Now I've never seen the show save for maybe 1 and a half epidsodes and I haven't seen the first and will not see the 2nd but looking at it from the outside I gather it's pretty much a cartoon for a very specific and large demographic. They're not interested in creating and selling a piece of art. They're selling an experience. Which is probably why Erika said she would go see a third one. It really isn't meant to withstand a critical test. But it was fun hearing you guys do it!

  2. For the record, I did a Facebook quiz that said I'm the Carrie. Bona fide.

    I haven't seen the second movie, but I wanted to add to your thought about Charlotte being the butt of all these jokes and comment on the lack of foundation shown for the foursome's friendship.

    In the first movie, when Carrie is smacking Big with her bouquet, Charlotte runs in to rescue her and yells at Big. I like that moment for her because it added some depth to her otherwise cartoonish existence, but then they ruin it by showing her ridiculous attempt at walking in her too tight dress, like the audience won't be able to handle her being a serious woman for half a second. I understand trying to lighten the mood a bit, but it makes her look like an idiot and it cheapens what could have been a great opportunity to show that these women have real friendships, that it's not just about fashion and being a spoiled brat, and that the producers recognize there was a smart show before there was a dumb movie.

    There is another moment when Samantha is feeding Carrie in Mexico and she gives her a little, reassuring wink. Great! We have all reached those pathetic places in our lives, but there is your best friend saying you'll survive. Again, a sign (albeit tiny) that there is a legitimate reason these women have been friends as long as they have.

    There is little evidence of any depth to their relationships in the first movie and it sounds like there is even less in the second. I liked the show because although it seemed like it may be all about living in the big city (I actually live in that same city), fashion and sex, you could still connect with these people a good portion of the time whether you live in New York or not. Now they are just characters perpetuating a stereotype of an Upper East Side lifestyle.

    As I said before, I haven't seen the second movie, but from everything I've read and heard I don't understand why, as perhaps the last line of defense, these successful and powerful women didn't try to intervene and protect what they helped create during the run of the show. Is it safe to say money wrote the movies and the actresses just didn't care? Or maybe Patrick's right in saying this TV show might not work on the big screen.

  3. I'm definitely right. Goes without saying.

    But, yes, money made the movies. The show was always relatable; if you couldn't relate to the lifestyle (and most of us can't except for me), you could relate to many of the problems. Those are a poorly-written afterthought in the movies, which is ALL lifestyle and bullshit escapism. The idea seems to be that the (presumably female) audience only wants to be show expensive things and not connect to anyone on screen. They don't know Blarp.

    All movies should be art, even if it's art with different intentions, and should hold up to some amount of critical scrutiny. Obviously a movie like this is made for fans and no one else, but it still need to work on that level. Otherwise, you're making food and then explaining that it's not meant to be eaten when people complain that it tastes like poison.

  4. I cant feel any sympathy for rich good looking people who live a lavish life with multiple apartments. Both full to the top with clothes and Shoes. And then just complain about stuff. Maybe as a working class joe I will never sympathise or like these people. I guess its just inbuilt

    1. But aren't most movies about either middle-class or upper people struggles (i.e. first world problems)? Rarely are movies set among working class or poor people. Movies still tend to be escapism in which we want to see ourselves as we wish we were instead of how we are. There's plenty of each to choose from, although I could see why some people (guys in particular) could have a hard time relating to the well-to-do fantasy the "Sex and the City" franchise is peddling.

  5. Not sure why/how I stumbled on to this one, but I'm loving the flashback. #bfilwf