“Sex and the City” – Joanna Langfield reviews

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Ok; the clothes are great. But that’s about as cutting edge as we get in this still genial reunion.

In what feels, essentially, like a series of episodes strung together (to ring in at almost 2 ½ hours!), the focus is on the long awaited marriage of Carrie and Mr. Big. For devotees of the show, that plot point alone is enough to sell tickets. While there are a few other stories slotted into the proceedings, never fear, Carrie has been, still is and will always be the cog of this wheel. We go from “will they get married?” to “how will they get married?” to “will they get married?” with style, a dash of wit and a series of shoes and bags to die for.

Frankly, I would have liked a bit more stiletto sharpness jabbed into the script. While Kim Cattrall’s still got her rapier timing honed, poor Kristin Davis is hardly given anything to do and Cynthia Nixon’s story arc seems pretty secondary. Not as secondary as Jennifer Hudson’s mind you, who, although she does a terrific job with what little she has, still feels like an almost “equal opportunity” inclusion. And we thought we’d come a long way, baby.

Especially at such a lengthy running time, I was disappointed by the tantalizing but barely touched subjects of maternal terror, subjugating one’s self for one’s man, and how did Mr. Big create that amazing closet where there once was none? (ok, maybe I’m stretching a bit on that one; obviously, he took square footage from that back bedroom that didn’t share the Central Park view, tapped into some old plumbing lines and cracked the ceiling for the skylight. Ah, but do I digress?)

What works undeniably here is the wistful depiction of the indestructible bond between the four leading female characters, getting on with their lives, but still there, martinis in hand, with open hearts and ears for one another. In our real lives, we may not all pine for Manolos, cosmos and weddings covered by Vogue, but, I can’t think of one woman I know who doesn’t wish she had more time to be with her friends. So, it’s nice to catch up with the girls again; even if they aren’t real, they’re still a hoot.

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Joanna Langfield

Her voice is heard throughout the 50 states and around the world by more than one million listeners on her syndicated radio programs: Joanna Langfield’s People Report and Video and Movie Minute. She’s also seen and heard as a regular contributing commentator on CNN International, CNN, Fox News and CNBC. In print, her articles have been published in such high profile magazines as Video Review and McCall’s. Joanna Langfield is known for taking interviews to another level with probing looks at celebrities’ insights rather than just their latest projects. As a result, she’s secured a niche among the nation’s premier interviewers and movie critics. Joanna began her career on the production staff of a local Boston television station. She then focused her energies towards radio and produced talk shows at WMEX-AM in Boston. After moving to New York, she became executive producer at WMCA-AM for talk show personalities Barry Gray and Sally Jessy Raphael. She began hosting a one-minute movie review spot which, in turn, led to her top-rated weekend call in-show, The Joanna Langfield Show (1980-83). Joanna moved to WABC-AM to host The Joanna Langfield Show on Saturday nights from 9:00pm to midnight. It was the highest rated show in its time slot. From 1987-1989, Joanna hosted Today’s People on the ABC Radio network, which was fed daily to over 300 stations around the country. She also appeared on WABC-TV as a regular on-air contributor. In 1989, Joanna formed her radio production company, Joanna Langfield Entertainment Reports, to syndicate her radio reports. She is considered to be one of the top authoritative commentators on the entertainment industry. Read Lagfield's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Joanna Langfield" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).