120. Sex and the City

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Movie: Sex and the City

Release Date: May 30, 2008

Director: Michael Patrick King

Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristen Davis, Kim Cattrall, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Noth, Candice Bergen.

Tag Lines: “Get Carried Away.”

Relevance: I talked to my mom on the phone at least once a week since I moved away from home. Sometimes more than once. It mostly varied on the day, but from 1998 through 2004, eight to eighteen weeks out of the year, I would without a question get a call from her every Monday. The main reason was our recap of “Sex and the City.”

We were both huge fans of the HBO series and watched it religiously every Sunday night apart. But we talked about it on the phone together the following day. After hello, how are you, anything new, we would get into the more interesting part of our conversation. The story, the jokes, the fashion and can you believe what Samantha did were all discussed about the prior night’s episode. Those conversations were always filled with laughter.

I had always connected with the character of Carrie Bradshaw. I don’t know if it was the writer in me, the realistic romantic, the love for style, the attraction to Cosmopolitans or the sarcastic wit that bonded us, but I simply adored her and the woman who portrayed her, Sarah Jessica Parker. I was saddened when the show ended in 2004. I was going to miss my Carrie, Miranda. Charlotte and Samantha. I was also going to miss the mother-son recaps. So I was beyond thrilled in 2007 when I heard that they were making a feature film.

‘Sex and the City’ was released in May of 2008 and became a huge box office hit. The film recorded the biggest opening ever for an R-rated comedy, romantic comedy and for a film starring all women. It made $418 million worldwide, just missing the top ten films from that year. Critics however were not very kind. It received very tepid reviews, saying that only true blue fans of the series would enjoy it. So you bet your Monolo Blahnik’s I was sitting with a full bag of popcorn opening weekend.

I adored the movie. Maybe because I am gay and a huge fan of the show, but I felt it was absolutely epic. It was the perfect continuation for those fabulous four ladies whom I had grown to love for almost a decade. It had drama, humor, love, style, fashion and lots and lots of sex. Who could ask for anything more? It also did not feel like an extra long episode on HBO. It was big and grand and completely what I wanted out from the movie. I was thrilled with what Michael Patrick King at al had done with the franchise that I admired so much.

My mom and I did not see the film together. About two weeks after the movie opened in theaters, I got a call from my mom. Ironically it was on a Monday. The conversation started with, “Guess what your father and I saw over the weekend?” My parents were visiting with my Aunt and Uncle (my dad’s brother and wife) and decided to take in a movie. Since they were both fans of the show as well as my mom, my dad was overruled on what they were going to see, ‘Sex and the City.’ My dad did not watch the series and was generally not a fan of romantic comedies, but he went. My mom, of course, loved the movie, especially Samantha’s “humping” dog. Surprisingly, my dad enjoyed the film as well. I am pretty sure he did not go back and watch the series, but as far as the movie was concerned, he laughed and was thoroughly entertained.

‘Sex and the City’ has been a part of my movie collection ever since it was available. I, of course, own the deluxe edition of the DVD, because I just can’t get enough of my girls. I have watched it numerous times over the past twelve years. I was also a fan of the sequel that was released in 2010, which was critically panned and did feel like a bloated episode from HBO. However it did not taint my love for the show. I own every season on DVD and I still watch episodes when they air on television. The franchise, including this film, will always, always remain a part of my life.

Today’s Thoughts: “Oh honey, you made a little joke. Good for you.”

I am always thrilled when I get to revisit with Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. Today was no different. Sans a Cosmopolitan (it was a tad early) and a call from my mom, I sat down and watched ‘Sex and the City.’

Oh, how I adore this movie. It is a fun, entertaining and joyful and just makes my soul happy. No matter how many times I watch it, I can’t help but smile. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry and it makes me want to be Carrie Bradshaw.

The cast is absolutely perfect. Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristen Davis, Kim Cattrall and Chris Noth are so wonderful as these lovable, complicated and humorous characters. The rest of the ensemble is equally effective. All of those minor (yet major) characters that I grew to love in the series are still there for me to love. This really is a “perfect dream” movie for me.

And thank goodness for the sexual antics of Samantha. Because of her, ‘Sex and the City’ marks the thirteenth time on my list of most influential movies to show a penis. And lucky thirteen for us, as it was the very sexy Gilles Marini’s penis we get to see. If it so moves you, check out the twelve other “penis” films here: 133. Porky’s, 139. Trainspotting, 144. Fargo, 183. Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 199. Six Degrees of Separation, 209. The Fisher King, 295. Being John Malkovich, 296. Wildcats, 332. The Crying Game, 335. Born on the Fourth of July343. Sideways and 357. Amadeus.

Some might argue that ‘Sex and the City’ is a movie for only woman and gay men (and my uncle and dad). Maybe that’s true, but since I am a part of the LGBTQ community, I absolutely adore it and proudly state it. And I always will. Viva la Carrie Bradshaw.

Ways to Watch: Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, DVD Availability.

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