Women make 'Sex and the City' movie a gal-pal event
06:14 PM CDT on Friday, May 30, 2008
By JOANNA CATTANACH / The Dallas Morning News
Teetering on a pair of strappy stilettos as you delicately sip a cosmo while clutching a borrowed designer handbag, hoping not to spill on your latest credit card purchase, may seem a tad extreme for a movie opening.
But for Sex and the City fans feverishly anticipating the movie, it's not only acceptable fan behavior, it's expected.
Samantha, Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda aren't just characters – they're family. And women all over the Dallas area couldn't wait for Friday's long-anticipated reunion.
"It was more than I had hoped it to be," said Erin Edwards, 24, of Dallas. She and two friends attended the Angelika Film Center's first screening at 11 this morning. "We wanted to be the first ones to see it," said Ms. Edwards, who purchased her tickets weeks ago.
The hordes of well-heeled women expected to storm theaters this weekend are celebrating a six-year series that changed the role of women in television.
"They were the first really powerful women" on television, said Janelle Caram, 45, of Dallas, adding that she could point to the characters and say, "I know someone like that."
Sexually liberating, emotionally raw and proudly uninhibited, the show touched on topics women could recognize, said Ms. Caram. "They talked about things that you would only talk about with your girlfriends," she said.
And even if you don't live in Manhattan, "We can relate to them," said Katy Newhouse, a self-described Carrie-Charlotte hybrid.
The recently engaged 23-year-old and her gal pals downed diva drink specials at Houlihan's in Addison recently while they discussed the plotlines and the Big wedding.
At a nearby table, "single and loving it" Erica Angell, 24, said she was going to the movie with a dozen of her girlfriends. The series was great, she said, but "they left it unresolved."
Last week at Sushi Samba, models stood on raised platforms, with spotlights showing off the latest Saks Fifth Avenue fashions while 200-plus well-coiffed ladies strutted around the bar sipping watermelon cosmos. Another 25 or more stood in line waiting to get in. Clips of Sex and the City showed on screens in the barroom as the women mixed and mingled.
Ziggy Cura, 35, and her friend Elizabeth Cordero, 34, said they planned to make the movie opening a girl's night out, with cosmos "before, during and after!" joked Ms. Cura.
That's just the kind of enthusiasm theaters are counting on this weekend. The Angelika Film Center Dallas has opened three screening rooms and stocked bottles of vodka while Studio Movie Grill locations have a special Sex and the City drink menu.
"It's usually hard for us to get a mainstream movie," said Angelika spokeswoman Genie Sullivan, but that the theater's posh surroundings and in-house bar have been a draw for Sex and the City fans.
They've even opened the R-rated film to the normally more tame Cry Baby Matinee slots at 1:30 p.m. June 10 and 11.
North Texas moms have been blogging on the Web site dfwareamoms.com their concern about what to do with their bundles of joy during the 2 ½-hour film.
Ms. Cordero says she has the answer.
"Leave it at home with grandma."