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Why I will not be seeing the new sex and the city film

*** Warning: If you really really don’t want to know anything that happens in the new SATC film, do not read on.**

After Wednesday’s Robin Hood related rant I thought I might as well continue, by telling you why I will not be seeing the new SATC film. I was planning to, because although the last one was crap, I did enjoy it. I knew it iss meant to be abysmal (1 star in the guardian review, which is no mean feat), but I thought it might be fun to look at and I was just about willing to suspend disbelief that anyone would want to go to Abu Dhabi on holiday, though apparently the *entire* film is set there, which I didn’t quite realise (favourite quote from the guardian review: ‘Like Martin Sheen waking from his uneasy slumber in Apocalypse Now and thinking: “Shit, I’m still in Saigon,” various members of the audience would emerge from their periodic reveries and mumble out loud: “Shit, Carrie and her friends and by that token we the audience are still in Abu Dhabi.”‘).

But then I read this Hadley Freeman (did I mention I love Hadley?) article about the death of Sex and the City. And this is where I acquired the piece of information that was the straw that broke the camel’s back:

Miranda leaves her job to become a homemaker. Oh yes.

I love Miranda. She’s my favourite character by FAR. She’s ambitious. When she does something, she does it right. She’s sarky in the best possible way. She’s struggling with her lack of maternal instinct but settles into it in the end. She’s ok with men having less status than her. Her job is based on technical knowledge, which I can relate to. She’s just a wee bit judgemental. She sometimes looks stunning, but sometimes really not. Miranda is basically me plus some added weirdness about men.

The Miranda of the TV series would NEVER leave her job just like that. Plus, it just doesn’t make any sense: Miranda is a high flying corporate lawyer, which she is justifiably proud of. Steve earns a fraction of her in a highly insecure industry. If anyone was gonna give up their job, it would make financial sense to be him. He could just hire another manager and just be a bar owner for a while. That was one of the reasons I always loved Miranda and Steve’s relationship, because they didn’t feel they had to adhere to outdated gender roles. Plus, Brady is now ten, at least. Why would you wait until your child is old enough to look after themselves?

I know there is lots of other stuff which objectively is much more offensive, like the seemingly-not-at-all-disguised orientalism, and the fact that the main two gay men get married despite hating each other, because, you know, they’re gay so that’s ok, but it’s the Miranda thing that really bothers me.

completely unrelated 1950s new York based picture by Christian Montone.

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  • The Waves 28 May 2010, 4:51 pm

    It's not that I really *needed* more reasons to not go see this film, but wow, poor Miranda's fate really seals the deal. It seems to me that all the characters in SATC I once loved have sunken into this faceless mould of "over-and-out" type of woman. They exist for others instead of themselves. Just sad.

  • jesse.anne.o 28 May 2010, 6:37 pm

    Yikes. I hadn't even heard that. I wasn't planning on going anyway, but it's true she was the only character I didn't mind for the most part.

  • Louise 29 May 2010, 7:09 am

    I'm totally boycotting the film too. The first film was bad enough – an extended video clip slash fashion show where Carrie the sex columnist suddenly didn't want to talk about her sex life – but this second one looks even worse. Why did the bother? (The sound of cash falling from the sky ensues).
    I didn't know that Miranda leaves her job to become a home maker. That makes me SO SAD. And, you're right, no bloody sense.
    As does Stanford and Anthony getting married, when they always hated each other.
    I also wonder why the writers decided to make them all so bloody rich. Who cares about them now that they can all afford to do nothing except shop? Boring.

  • Chelsea 29 May 2010, 3:49 pm

    I am still seeing the film. I want to see just how bad it is for myself. Critics didn't like the first movie either, but I still watch it over and over.
    Miranda is my favorite too, and I hear that she doesn't just leave her job. I hear that her boss is a dick, she is always missing Brady's school events, and she just has enough of it. People can change, even fictional, snarky Miranda. I heard another version where Miranda got disbarred and she and Steve open a restaurant. I want to know if that made it into the movie and the critics are ignoring it or what.

  • Popartrockgirlyeah! 30 May 2010, 9:41 am

    Thanks for the heads up – I've been in two minds whether to go and see it or not – the storyline seems shocking. Normally I would go and see this for the clothes, but I think I will opt out this once!

  • Breanne at Bella Vita 30 May 2010, 4:08 pm

    I saw this post the other day before viewing the film, and I didn't read it then because I didn't want anything spoiled.

    Obviously, it's your decision 100% if you see the film or not, but I just feel that I should say that it seems the article that you read may have been a bit misleading about Miranda's work choice. There is a lot of lead up to her decision and a lot of follw up that makes the black & white of what the article presented to you a little more complex.

    As a working mom, I was 100% happy with how Miranda's character was portrayed in the film. I found it true to the character of the TV series, as well as showing a new level of growth and maturity. I'd love to know what you think if you do see it 🙂

    Have a great day!

  • Eyeliah 30 May 2010, 6:12 pm

    no no, she quits her job b/c her boss is a jerk, spends some time with her family and then gets into a new firm where she is more appreciated. 🙂 P.S. the movie was pretty ridiculous, but I still liked Carries outfits – sigh!

  • Franca 31 May 2010, 4:24 pm

    Thanks to everyone who set me right, I'm relieved that she returns to work quickly. I would have liked the her opening a restaurant story!

    I'll still wait for the dvd though I think.