It's summer movie blockbuster season at the cineplex, and the studios appear to be busting out bigger blocks than usual this year.
Maybe that's just me, though. It's been awhile since I've been titillated by a summer blockbuster season. Sure, there's the occasional big film that piques my interest, but it's sad reality that a lot of movies we get all atwitter about just disappoint us in the end.
This year, however, there are some movies I'm excited to see. And while we'll run a summer movie preview in next week's Scene section, there's one film I can't wait another week to talk about: "Sex and the City."
This is the mother of all chick flicks. Testosterone is optional. The only men attending come May 30 either will have been dragged in by their wives or girlfriends or are slinking in in the hopes of getting reacquainted with Kim Cattrall's midlife all-together.
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Few true fans really care whether Cattrall's, ahem, girls make an appearance. We aren't so much concerned about the nakedness and graphic sexual romps that wound through the TV series for six and half seasons. That was all just so much HBO buzz fodder. "Sex and the City" was always a celebration of women, their feelings and what makes so many of us happy: friends, shoes and the perfect cocktail.
The film -- which picks up on the lives of the four fabulous gal pals four years after the final scene of the TV show -- clearly is an event movie. Plans are being made, mini-vacations are being booked. According to an Associated Press story, sales are going up for the long-
popular "Sex and City" travel tours through New York City.
" 'Once we found out there was going to be a movie, we thought, what a great weekend to do a girls' trip to New York City, the weekend of the première,' said Amy Walker, a 31-year-old accountant from Minneapolis," the AP quotes.
While a fun little girls' trip sounds like a kick, things are a might out of hand for at least one group, even for this rabid fan. One company, according to the story, is charging "$15,000 and up for a luxurious four-day trip based on the show. Participants in the Destination on Location tour ... will dine at restaurants frequented by Carrie and her friends, visit their favorite boutiques with personal stylists and even have the option to stop for some Botox injections."
OK, that's just obscene.
I mean, fly out there, get a plush hotel room, have lunch and a few cosmopolitans, maybe schedule a little mani-pedi at a nice salon. Then how about sending the leftover $14,000 to feed starving children in Africa? Because no one, not even someone who can afford it, needs to spend that kind of money over a movie -- no matter how big.
While the Minneapolis accountant won't be going for the $15,000 package, she and her friends are planning some shoe shopping. Really, how could you not? She also told the AP that she's watched all the episodes of "Sex and the City" twice on DVD.
Wait ... twice? Only twice?
My own plans hardly are grand: See it with a girlfriend, do lunch. No men allowed.
Well, we did talk about sneaking cosmopolitans into the theater. (Not that anyone really would do that, Mr. Moviehouse Manager. No, no, no. Don't worry your pretty little ticket-taking head over that one.)
It really is just about enjoying the film and catching up with four old friends.
Which brings us back to the beginning of this column: disappointment over movies that get us all atwitter.
Given the results of some other post-TV series theatrical releases -- "Twin Peaks" or "X-Files," anyone? -- that's a valid concern.
But let's give the ladies the benefit of the doubt. Them, Indiana Jones and Batman, too. Let's assume that this summer will be one where the much-awaited blockbusters don't simply go bust.
Scene editor Pat Clark can be reached a firstname.lastname@example.org.