It can't be easy promoting Sex and the City 2 at the moment. As Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall arrived for their interview on ABC's The View on Friday, reviews of the film were already hitting newsstands. And some critics have pointed out that the characters' extravagant Manhattan lifestyle is more than a little out of touch with the broader movie-going public -- folks dealing with foreclosures and a sluggish job market.
"The experience of listening to the girls complain about their fairy-tale lives from the comfort of an all-expenses-paid luxury vacation in the Arabian desert may leave the viewer feeling…impatient," wrote Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum in her movie review. "This is a normal response to revisiting an essence-of-1990's-NYC experience and seeing it through 2010 eyes."
That said, the truth is, Sex has less to do with designer fashion than it does with plain and simple friendship. The show and its two films have always celebrated, first and foremost, the loyalty and affection these four women share. And it's about their frank, fearless conversations. To Carrie and her gang of fashionistas, no topic is sacred. When they reveal controversial opinions (about sex, motherhood, career) on screen, they spark debates and dialogue among its viewers.
But Parker & Co. have, no doubt, heard the grumblings of critics weary of their trunk-loads of sparkly duds. So they were careful on The View couch.
"I heard the wardrobe was like $10 million," said Sherri Shepherd. "Oh no that's not true!" cried Parker. "It's mostly borrowed. So it goes back to a house of design. It's been an honor system, like the library, really. Often we will stand there, when they call 'Cut!' and we are literally stripped of the dress, and we stand there and we are left in a towel."
When she was asked about her own similarities to her character, Parker's reply sounded rehearsed. "I don't relate to Carrie," she said. "I've lived a double life for 13 years. I've played somebody who's radically different in every way, with the exception of our affection for New York, and we do share a skeleton."
Ironically, the actresses seemed more comfortable when discussing their personal relationships -- Parker's pregnancy through surrogacy, Nixon's upcoming gay nuptials, Cattrall's three failed marriages -- than the over-the-top bling of their movie.
Only once did they hint at lives far removed from the everyday fan's life. "Do you ever just shop at Chico's?" joked Joy Behar. All laughed, and amidst the giggles, viewers could hear Davis say, "I don't know what that is."
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