| NEW YORK
NEW YORK "Sex" moved from the city to the
cinema on Friday as hordes of determined women descended upon
Manhattan for the premiere of "Sex and the City" in the city
where the hit television show-turned-film takes place.
"Is there a New York girl that isn't (a fan of the show)?"
asked Nikki Lamarine, who stood outside a Times Square cinema
as she and about 30 girlfriends clutched opening-night tickets
they had secured several weeks in advance.
"If there is, she's weird," Lamarine added.
In honor of the premiere, the women sported bright dresses,
high heels and dramatic hats that owed more than a little to
the four style-savvy stars of the new film and the hit HBO
television series on which it is based.
One of the very few men in the crowd was New Yorker Dennis
Castillo, a longtime fan who had come with a group of female
"I'm really excited to see Samantha and all her craziness,"
said Castillo, referring to one of the four women friends who
in the film are portrayed living their lives four years after
they left off when the TV show went off the air in 2004.
An online survey of more than 10,000 moviegoers buying
tickets for "Sex and the City" found that 94 percent were
women, and that 67 percent planned to attend the movie this
weekend with a group of female friends.
Several Manhattan bars were serving free Cosmopolitans, a
cocktail favored by the foursome on the TV show, to those who
had attended opening night.
Sarah Jessica Parker, who stars as the fashion-conscious
Manhattan columnist Carrie Bradshaw, said this week that fans
expecting "the joy and the good times and the whimsy and the
clothes and the cocktails and the salty language" would get
their fill, but might be surprised to find "that the shank of
the movie is pretty sad."
That could account for at least some of the grumbling on
film-centered Web sites such as the Internet Movie Data Base,
where more than 3,000 users had rated the film a paltry 3.7 of
a possible 10 as of Friday night.
But the voting breakdown hinted at a healthy dose of sexism
in the city, with men casting nearly three times as many votes
as women, and rating the film a 3, while women gave it a 7.
(Additional reporting by Steve Gorman and Michelle Nichols;
writing by Chris Michaud; editing by Patricia Zengerle)