Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear

sex-and-city-small.jpg

 

‘Sex and the City’: The Four Sisters of Commodification Ride Again

By Jessica Fromm

Sex and the City, the seminal ladies-who-lunch HBO series turned watered-down TBS syndication cash cow, is brought to the big screen with all the drama, glitz, consumer spots and bad puns that you would expect. And hordes of women have been waiting, even salivating for the experience—after all, the series was a socio-cultural phenomenon in the late ’90s, contributing to current fashion trends (the exposed bra strap), popularizing the cosmopolitan cocktail and prompting discussions on relationships and sex.

The movie version, written and directed by Michael Patrick King, comes off like an extended mash-up of four of five episodes of the show. Each character gets her time in the spotlight, whether it be columnist Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her never-ending spectacle of a relationship with Mr. Big (Chris Noth); the baby lust of goody-goody Charlotte (Kristen Davis); sullen lawyer Miranda’s (Cynthia Nixon) domestic stress; or cougar Samantha’s (Kim Cattrall) insatiable one-track hunger for the opposite sex. It’s obvious these four lead actresses waited for the right script, and the right money, to once again pour themselves into all the little designer dresses that longtime show costume designer Patricia Field could manage.

Except for narration, which tells us that it’s three years and three books later for Carrie, the film offers little in the way of storyline catch-up. Sex and the City doesn’t pretend to be for anybody but fans of the show, who already know that they’re in for: four upscale, urban characters in fashion-forward attire talking about sex, clothes, relationships and culture. With the show’s popularity expanded exponentially via DVD box sets and basic-cable reruns, the filmmakers seem to be banking on the fact that the women—and a few men—who will flock to see Sex and the City are there for more of the same.

The film matches the look of the series, except for bigger zings of color via the characters vast wardrobes and a few wider shots. It sticks to the show’s narration style, with Parker’s neatly packaged voice-over leading in and out of each segment. Even if they are rumored to despise each other in real life, the lead actresses seem comfortable in their old roles, like good friends catching up over cocktails.

In her first big-screen role since Dreamgirls in 2006, Jennifer Hudson is brought in as Carrie’s new assistant, Louise, a character so saintly and superficial that you can’t help but think her main purpose is to break up the film’s Anglo monopoly.

Additionally, the tone of this group has changed slightly. Seeing that the gang of 30-somethings are now 40-somethings, the nature of the film is more mature, more melancholy and much more focused on creating desire for a certain lifestyle than on opening up a dialogue on sex and relationships in a humorous way.

True, it’s not 1998 anymore, and we are no longer shocked by hearing women talk about when, where and how they want it a la carte. You can’t help but thinking, however, that the film seems to be presented from the perspective of what lifestyle a gay man, like writer/director Michael Patrick King, thinks women should subscribe to. Did Sex and the City life coach a whole generation of women into a paradigm that emphasizes one-night stands as a statement of independence and self-reliance?

This strategy isn’t necessarily wrong in itself, but it does present a conundrum when you see how seriously some women take the lifestyle presented in Sex and the City. It’s no secret that the popularity of the show is boosted by women’s tendency to identify with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, but when you actually have women walking around with “I’m a Carrie” or “I’m a Samantha” cutoff baby tees, you start to worry. There are probably some dental hygienists out there who buy into the show’s male-created fantasy so wholeheartedly that they really believe that with the right pair of designer stilettos and persistent sexual self-revelation they will truly be empowered.

The commodification presented in Sex and the City is also troubling. Although the HBO series was heavy on the worship of high-fashion luxury goods, the film is practically a walking, talking, f—ing commercial for all things designer. Don’t get me wrong, girls like to shop for pretty things, but these women’s lives are served up like a little-girl-grown-up dress-up parade. In the real world, most women’s biggest concern isn’t finding the right man with the right amount of money to provide her with enough closet space to house her vast collection of shoes.

Finally, at 145 minutes, Sex and the City is too longwinded for its own good, with the final act that drags as it attempts to tie up the characters’ loose ends. Even for ardent fans, the film would benefit from some significant cutting. Sex and the City is beautiful and adored by women like a good pair of Manolo Blahniks, but after more than two hours of jumping around, they both really start to pinch.

Jessica Fromm

 

SEX AND THE CITY (R; 145 min.), directed by Michael Patrick King, written by King based on characters created by Candace Bushnell, photographed by John Thomas and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Davis plays valleywide.

 

 

274 comments to Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear

  • K. Levine

    Just curious, Ms. Fromm, why dental hygienists?

  • Good web site! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I might be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a great day!

  • What’s Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist different customers like its aided me. Great job.

  • Hello there! Your post rocks at the same time as becoming a respectable fantastic comprehend!??

  • The home Organization Possibility online has verified for being a successful and truly integrated industry. There are numerous schooling units which endeavor to offer a worldwide business enterprise for all. If you are teachable and have some entrepreneurial spirit then you will realize this as staying your own home enterprise possibility.

  • Success using a pc for an online net business is closer at hand should you exhibit aptitude. Check out to pick do the job in your own home business enterprise that taps into your strengths. You may have a very incredibly complicated time succeeding should your online enterprise is simply not suited in your capabilities in the very first area.

  • Wonderful work! This is the type of information that are supposed to be shared across the web. Shame on the search engines for no longer positioning this post upper! Come on over and visit my site . Thanks =)

  • Wow! This can be one particular of the most helpful blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Excellent. I’m also an expert in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.

  • It is enjoyable and exciting to order free samples. You get to try new merchandise, and additionally you additionally get to save heaps of money.

  • There are some interesting points in time on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There may be some validity but I’ll take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as nicely

  • Everybody loves getting free stuff. It is a reality of life. One of the only ways to get free stuff regularly is to order freebies by mail.

  • Getting freebies is both fun and easy. You must try it some time.

  • I similar to this. Bookmarked!

  • Outstanding post, you have pointed out some good details , I as well believe this s a very great website.

  • Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  • I went over this web site and I think you have a lot of wonderful information, bookmarked (:.

  • I usually do not drop a lot of remarks, but I looked at a lot of comments on Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts. I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright. Is it just me or do a few of these remarks appear as if they are coming from brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are writing at other online social sites, I would like to follow you. Could you make a list of every one of your shared pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?|I comment whenever I appreciate a article on a blog or I have something to valuable to contribute to the discussion. Usually it’s caused by the sincerness displayed in the post I looked at. And on this article . I was moved enough to write a thought ;) I actually do have 2 questions for you if you do not mind. Could it be simply me or do some of these responses appear as if they are left by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are posting on other online social sites, I’d like to follow you. Would you list all of your community sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?|I hardly drop responses, however i did a few searching and wound up here Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts. And I actually do have a couple of questions for you if you don’t mind. Could it be simply me or does it look as if like a few of these responses come across like they are coming from brain dead people? :-P And, if you are writing on other places, I’d like to keep up with anything new you have to post. Could you make a list of the complete urls of all your social sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?|I believe everything posted was actually very logical. But, what about this? suppose you composed a catchier post title? I am not saying your content isn’t solid, however what if you added a post title that grabbed people’s attention? I mean Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts is a little plain. You should look at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they write article titles to get viewers to open the links. You might add a video or a picture or two to grab readers excited about everything’ve written. Just my opinion, it might make your posts a little livelier.

  • some really nice and utilitarian info on this internet site , as well I believe the style and design contains fantastic features.

  • Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original ideas on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this website is something that’s needed on the net, somebody with a bit of originality. helpful job for bringing something new to the internet!

  • I almost never leave a response, however after reading a few of the remarks here Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts. I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s okay. Could it be simply me or does it look like like some of these comments look as if they are coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting on other social sites, I’d like to keep up with you. Could you list of the complete urls of your social networking sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?|I drop a leave a response when I like a article on a site or if I have something to contribute to the discussion. Usually it’s triggered by the fire displayed in the post I looked at. And after this post . I was moved enough to drop a comment ;) I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be simply me or do some of these remarks appear like they are left by brain dead people? :-P And, if you are writing at other online social sites, I would like to follow you. Would you list the complete urls of all your shared pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?|I seldom leave responses, but i did a few searching and wound up here Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts. And I do have a couple of questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be just me or does it look like some of the remarks look like they are coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting on other places, I would like to follow anything fresh you have to post. Could you make a list of all of all your public sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?|I believe what you said made a ton of sense. But, think about this, suppose you added a little information? I ain’t saying your information isn’t good., but what if you added a title that makes people want more? I mean Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts is kinda plain. You should look at Yahoo’s front page and see how they create post headlines to get people to click. You might add a related video or a related pic or two to grab people interested about everything’ve written. Just my opinion, it might make your posts a little bit more interesting.

  • I do not create a comment, but after reading a few of the responses on this page Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts. I do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright. Is it only me or do some of these comments look like they are coming from brain dead people? :-P And, if you are posting on other online sites, I’d like to follow you. Would you make a list of all of all your social pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?|I leave a response each time I especially enjoy a post on a site or if I have something to valuable to contribute to the conversation. It is a result of the sincerness communicated in the post I looked at. And on this post . I was actually moved enough to create a commenta response :) I do have a few questions for you if you tend not to mind. Could it be simply me or do some of the responses look like they are coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting on other places, I’d like to keep up with you. Could you list all of all your communal sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?|I seldom write responses, however i did some searching and wound up here Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts. And I do have some questions for you if you do not mind. Is it only me or does it appear like a few of the responses come across like they are written by brain dead people? :-P And, if you are writing on additional online social sites, I’d like to follow everything fresh you have to post. Would you make a list of the complete urls of all your public sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?|What you published was actually very logical. But, what about this? suppose you wrote a catchier title? I mean, I don’t wish to tell you how to run your website, but what if you added a post title that grabbed people’s attention? I mean Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts is kinda vanilla. You ought to look at Yahoo’s home page and see how they create news titles to get viewers to open the links. You might add a related video or a picture or two to grab people excited about everything’ve written. Just my opinion, it might bring your posts a little bit more interesting.

  • I do not comment, however after browsing a few of the remarks on this page Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts. I actually do have a couple of questions for you if you don’t mind. Could it be only me or do some of the remarks come across as if they are written by brain dead people? :-P And, if you are writing on additional places, I’d like to keep up with you. Would you make a list of every one of all your social community pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?|I drop a leave a response when I especially enjoy a article on a website or I have something to valuable to contribute to the conversation. Usually it’s a result of the passion displayed in the post I looked at. And on this article . I was excited enough to drop a thought :) I actually do have a couple of questions for you if you tend not to mind. Could it be only me or does it look as if like a few of these remarks appear like left by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are posting at additional places, I’d like to keep up with you. Could you list all of your public pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?|I hardly drop comments, however i did some searching and wound up here Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts. And I do have a couple of questions for you if you usually do not mind. Is it simply me or does it appear like a few of the remarks appear like written by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting at additional places, I would like to follow anything new you have to post. Would you list of all of all your community sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?|I think that what you said made a ton of sense. However, think on this, what if you added a little content? I ain’t saying your information isn’t good, however suppose you added something to maybe grab people’s attention? I mean Sex and the City, Commodity Fetish and Footwear « Movie & Television Arts is a little plain. You might peek at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they create news titles to get viewers to open the links. You might try adding a video or a pic or two to grab people interested about what you’ve got to say. Just my opinion, it would make your posts a little livelier.

  • very good site thanks admin okay.

  • Very fantastic info can be found on site . “The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.” by Bertrand Russell. http://kamagraitaliaonline.net/

  • There are definitely a variety of details like that to take into consideration. That may be a great point to convey up. I provide the ideas above as common inspiration however clearly there are questions like the one you convey up the place crucial factor shall be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged round things like that, however I’m sure that your job is clearly recognized as a fair game. Each boys and girls really feel the affect of just a moment’s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

  • Normally I don’t learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, very great post.

  • Hi, i feel that i saw you visited my site thus i came to go back the want?.I’m attempting to to find things to enhance my site!I assume its good enough to make use of some of your concepts!!

  • Undeniably imagine that that you stated. Your favorite reason seemed to be at the internet the easiest factor to keep in mind of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while folks think about worries that they just don’t know about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest and also outlined out the entire thing without having side effect , other folks could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thank you

  • A powerful share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he actually purchased me breakfast as a result of I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love reading extra on this topic. If doable, as you grow to be expertise, would you thoughts updating your weblog with more details? It is extremely useful for me. Huge thumb up for this weblog post!

  • Captain, are unable to wait for the info so we all can try this out!

  • Thank you for your blog post. Johnson and I are saving for our new publication on this theme and your short article has made all of us to save money. Your notions really answered all our queries. In fact, in excess of what we had known just before we came upon your great blog. My spouse and i no longer have doubts as well as a troubled mind because you have attended to the needs here. Thanks

  • thanks, USB drives are known by a myriad of names, including thumb drives (since the most common size is that of your thumb), jump drives and flash drives. USB drives are currently available in USB 2.0 and USB 3.0!

  • Welcome towards the Fanda Eagles site, Wiki Kid. You are so correct about the failures with the screening process in NTM, at least in the past. For decades, as an MK myself then later as an adult missionary, I saw so many men and women come to the field who had no business being there. Sometimes you could pick up on their issues from the first day you met them in the guest house, and you wondered, “How did they ever make it throughout the training?”
    Other times they kept their flaws well-hidden, but left a wake of destruction behind, doing more harm than superior to nationals, tribal people today, their co-workers, and most tragically, to members of their own families.
    Sad, but all also true.

  • I have read some good stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how a lot effort you set to make such a fantastic informative website.

  • I together with my guys have already been reading through the best key points located on your website while quickly got a horrible suspicion I had not expressed respect to the website owner for those secrets. Most of the people had been for that reason joyful to see them and already have seriously been loving those things. Many thanks for indeed being well accommodating and also for obtaining this kind of superior themes most people are really wanting to be informed on. My very own honest regret for not expressing appreciation to you sooner.

  • I¡¦ve learn a few just right stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how so much effort you put to make the sort of fantastic informative website.

  • Its wonderful as your other articles : D, regards for posting . “The real hero is always a hero by mistake he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.” by Umberto Eco.

  • Good blog! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I could be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a great day!

  • I’ve learn a few excellent stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how so much effort you place to create such a excellent informative web site.

  • I precisely wished to say thanks once again. I’m not certain the things that I might have made to happen in the absence of the suggestions provided by you on my theme. This was a terrifying case in my opinion, nevertheless seeing the very specialised strategy you solved that took me to jump for happiness. Extremely grateful for the work and thus wish you find out what an amazing job you happen to be putting in teaching people today through your webpage. I am certain you’ve never got to know any of us.

  • Video Tutorial: Learn to create Squidoo lens….

  • F*ckin’ tremendous things here. I am very happy to look your post. Thank you a lot and i am looking forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  • Very interesting details you have mentioned , appreciate it for posting . “The judge is condemned when the criminal is absolved.” by Publilius Syrus.

  • I haven’t checked in here for a while as I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

  • excellent issues altogether, you simply gained a new reader. What may you recommend in regards to your publish that you made a few days ago? Any sure?

  • מידע רב על הדברה, הדברת מזיקים, כיצד להזמין מדביר מקצועי ועוד

  • Thanks for sharing superb informations. Your website is very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched all over the place and just couldn’t come across. What a great website.

Leave a Reply

 

 

 

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>