The NYT’s Manohla Dargis seems to think that summer movie advance buzz and online hype is about what the fanboys are interested in. The women’s pictures, which appeal to one or two audience quadrants and don’t necessarily target men, won’t be blockbusters. That’s one issue. (Another is the current phobia about putting sex in movies, like Speed Racer and Iron Man, because it will scare off men and younger folks. Please.)
But several movies in theaters now and still to come are aimed at women, from Made of Honor and What Happens in Vegas to the Meryl Streep Abba musical Mamma Mia! and Sex and the City. Even Get Smart, starring Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway, is going to pull women. And don’t mess with Wanted’s Angelina Jolie: she can kick ass on-screen as well as any male action star.
Finally, some marketing is starting to hit on Sex and the City, from Parker hyping her role as a mother on the cover of Parade, to early raves from Oprah and Fox News’ Roger Friedman. Cinematical and Women and Hollywood debate Sex and the City’s b.o. mettle. Carrie Bradshaw’s getting married to Mr. Big? It will be huge.
Do I agree with Dargis that we could use more and better movies targeted at women? Fuck yeah!