My previous post was about Nicole Holofcener, who makes movies about women we recognize as being like us; now let’s consider, for a moment, “Sex and the City 2,” which is about women who, in their boundless wealth and perpetually perfect hair and lives of endless free time for sassy lunches, are not like anybody I know. (Yes, I liked the TV show as much as anyone, and the first movie was guilty-pleasure fun, and heaven knows that women’s friendship on the big screen isn’t something we see every day, but come on . . . camels? Liza Minnelli? Shoulder pads with weird spikes? Aidan? I’m scared.) Quite a lot happens, or seems to happen, in the trailer’s two-and-a-half minutes, and Movieline has done a nice job of analyzing the trailer by the numbers. A few excerpts:
— Number of sparkling, crystal-encrusted title cards hinting at the vicarious luxury that awaits us at the multiplex: 10
— Number of Wizard of Oz references also used by Avatar: 1
— Number of ex-boyfriends serendipitously encountered at a bazaar halfway around the world to complicate too-comfortable marriages straining under the depressing weight of familiarity: 1
— Number of martini glasses clinked by wealthy mothers bonding over the crushing demands of parenthood: 2
— Number of phones chattered into worriedly as a fragile couple, separated by thousands of miles and a growing emotional distance that they can no longer just ignore because they somehow managed to overcome a complicated personal history to finally commit to one another, attempt to work through whatever crisis was precipitated by a reunion with the aforementioned former partner in an exotic place so far-flung their chance meeting is obviously an act of romantic Fate: 4
To which I will only add: Number of weeks before this movie opens, and therefore the number of weeks we have to brace ourselves for the possibility of watching Carrie and Big split up and get back together again (really, aren’t they sick of this ping-pong-match of a relationship yet? Aren’t we?): 6. And counting. Can I have a cupcake now?