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5.21.2014

Sex and the City; Bushnell vs. Michael Patrick King

Just saw "Sex and the City" the movie, and what struck me this time is how well the characters in this movie can embrace high and low; high with the over-the-top designer dresses and handbags that the sex and the city 'brand' is notorious for; but also low; Carrie eating a cup-of-noodles on New Year's Eve, and the whole mess of them dining at a Denny's-esque restaurant after Carrie and Big marry.

Hmmm, yeah, that's a sign of a well-rounded person who will eat fast food at times and also enjoys finer things.

Michael Patrick King.  Is he a good writer?  Guess so.  A lot of the dialogue was pretty funny.  Carrie is a cool character.  And so is Miranda....so dry and dour omg.  So are they all, in that they are exaggerated to the point of absurdity.  Although King can't entirely take credit for them.

How does he compare to Candace Bushnell?  Imho, he can hardly hold a candle.



Read this character sketch of hers from one of her Sex and the City columns;

"Cindy was one of those New York women who had been trying to get married for years.  We all know them.  They're the women we've been reading about for the past ten years, who are attractive (not necessarily beautiful) and seem to be able to get everything--except married.  Cindy sold advertising for a car magazine.  She knew stereo equipment.  She was as big as a man.  She shot guns and traveled (once, on her way to the airport, she had to punch out  drink cab driver, throw him in the back seat, and drive herself to the airport).  She wasn't exactly the most feminine woman, but she always had men."

Just LOVE this!  And her column was full of this kind of stuff.

Bushnell seems to be able to draw on the dark, and the funny, well it's slapstick funny really, in a way that the movie doesn't.  Another Bushnell exerpt; "Skipper strips down to his boxer shorts and dives in the water like a cartoon character, with his knees bent at right angles sticking out to the sides."

That same slapstick is not in the movie; the movie is a little cheese ball, everyone ends up so happy and married at the end. (or almost everyone anyway.)  Not like the book, where Big ditches Carrie, and cheats on her, and everyone else knows it except for her.  And she has to realize that she can be ok and can even be happy as a single women.

And Bushnell discusses the disillusionment of adulthood; how it doesn't turn out like they said that it would when you were a little girl; with the nice husband et al.  Well the movie does touch on this, when Carrie reads Cinderella to Samantha's little girl, and warns her that things don't turn out like that in real life.  Except that it does kind of turn out like that in the movie for Carrie, with Big getting down on his knees and proposing,

which is what I'm saying.....it seems that one of the points of the Sex and the City column is that life isn't a fairy tale, these relationships are much uglier and more complicated than that, and that a woman can be whole and happy and single all at the same time.  Not so sure the movie sent the same message.  Carrie-in-the-movie, for example, seemed like a woman who was very much caught up in the fairly-tale princess wedding idea, what with her over-the-top wedding (in which she was jilted.)

The movie does deals with another similar theme; that a woman's relationship with herself (who she was as a child) being more important than her relationship with a man; particularly when the Kim Catrell character (what's her name again?) breaks up with her boyfriend, saying something like, "I love me more than you, I've been in a relationship with myself for 49 years, this is the one I need to work on."  Important point, a good line.  Didn't always sense much chemistry between those two however.  The break-up wasn't too heartbreaking.

And the movie is fun. the dresses are awesome.  But Candace Bushnell.....man, what can I say, I'm a huge admirer.



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