Mom doesn't like cussin'. I should say, she doesn't like certain cusses. So I screen first run films she might be interested in seeing for cussin content. I saw Jeff Bridges movie "Crazy Heart" recently and gave it a clean bill of cuss. Mom went, liked it, but took issue with some of "the language", as she calls cussin'. I watched it again, and sure enough, there were a number of mom's unwanted-type cusses sprinkled throughout.
Last night, I screened "Sex in the City 2" and will give mom the green light to go view. She won't like some of the front-take cusses in the movie, but she'll be forewarned. Front-take cusses are different then "flow" type cusses, like the ones from "Crazy Heart". In CH, the cussin is appropriate to the character doing the cussin, and flows naturally within the situation. In SITC 2, the cussin may be appropriate to the character doing the cussin, but it doesn't flow natural within the situation. It seems forced. "Front take" cusses I notice, "flow" type cusses I don't notice. Does that make sense?
I'm getting off point a little. All I really want to say is, I liked SITC 2.
The brand is solid, and the filmmakers stay well within what the brand can display. The characters are well defined, and the actresses are strong, especially Sarah Jessica Parker. Watching her is a treat. You are interested in what goes on with her story-no matter what she's trying to play, you believe her.
The other gals are good too, but Sarah owns the franchise, which of course isn't any giant revelation is it? A movie does not have to be a world changer for me to enjoy it. If you think you relate to me regarding what I look for when I simply want to be entertained by a movie, than I recommend "Sex in the City 2," especially if you're a single middle-aged guy. What? Yup.
Hey, you single middle-aged guys, when I went to see SITC2 I was one of three guys in the theatre; it was full of honeys of all ages shapes and sizes. These ladies were dressed up all nice and pretty, smelling fine, with nowhere to go. And most of them were drunk-yup; if you're a single middle-aged guy looking for love and you can't find it in the lobby after SITC 2, well buddy, you are one unappealing son of a gun.
The lobby was overflowing with women before the second show-just after the first show let out-and you would of thought I was Antonio Bandares the way some of the drunkard 40 and 50-somethings were trying to dial me in. There's an amount of naked man in the movie which had the first show watchers worked up into such a lusty lather that they were needing to blow off some steam; at that point in the lobby, I was the one and only male around they could blow off onto. I felt like a three-legged cat with a cold surrounded by a den of rabid foxes. I could tell if I didn't hurry and get my peanut M-and-Ms and Dr. Pepper and go hide in the bathroom, a passel of those women were going to try and bat me around if they could.
So, I hid in the bathroom, not so much cause I was scared, but because the lobby was loud. Some louds I like. Loud purring from a cozily curled up cat, or loud rumble from ramblin' stock cars at the local oval, just to name two. But loud shrieks by middle-aged women who don't get out away from the kids and husband nearly enough, is loud I don't like. I could have hushed them all to dead silence by walking to the middle of the room and shouting, "Sarah Palin rules!"- but nobody wants to be a party pooper.
When the lights went down, I snuck into the theater and sat in the seat farthest back (which luckily happened to be empty). As I wrote earlier, I enjoyed this movie but not half as much as I enjoyed the woman sitting directly across from me. She could not sit still for more than two minutes; every time she repositioned and literally did a couple of yoga moves. I'm serious, she was more entertaining than Sarah Jessica Parker; the moves she made were fantastic. I'd never seen anything like her in public. Pretty sure she was Canadian. Figures, eh?
I'm telling you guys, SITC2 will loosen 'em up.
So, if you're a feller in-between gals, or in the midst of a divorce, or just looking for a good time, go see "Sex in the City 2". Get there early. I give the movie two solid stars. I give the action in the lobby before and after the movie four and a half stars, two thumbs up, and ah, saaalluuuttee!
Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act "The Logger." His column appears weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen for The Logger, Rusty DeWees, Thursdays at 7:40 on the Big Station, 98.9 WOKO or visit his website at www.thelogger.com