"How Sex and the City are we right now? I'm Samantha, you're Charlotte and you're the lady at home who watches it."


I am just as horrified as anyone by the idea that someone would pay $19,000 for a ticket to the Sex and the City premiere and "experience" in New York. Sex and the City was a very good show, and I watched a lot of it during one post-breakup summer with one of my best girlfriends (who I'm going to see the movie with tomorrow morning), but it is not the Bible.

On the other end of the spectrum, though, lies an equally annoying person: the critic who doesn't understand that most Sex and the City fans understand that the show is not the Bible. I'm not going to see the movie to get life cues from Carrie Bradshaw any more than I went to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to learn about South American archeology from Indiana Jones or the Star Wars movies for helpful hints on how to run a political movement (though not setting up your base of operations in an ice cave is probably a good idea).

The movie is a big, dumb summer fantasy. And while actually not accumulating savings because you buy too many designer shoes and running the risk of losing your apartment would be a very bad thing in real life, I think most women are not going to actually make that kind of mistake. I guess I don't really understand why wanting a lightsaber makes someone a harmless geek but wanting a closetful of Jimmy Choos makes someone riddled with avarice. Getting either one is really equally unrealistic for most people. It's just wishful thinking. In my fantasy life, I'd take one of each.

Update: Hey, to defend my geek cred, I never said that the Hoth fortress wasn't awesome. Awesome, however, is not the same as practical. I'm pretty sure that making the place warm enough for humans to live in, lubricant not to freeze in X-wings, etc. would leave a huge, detectable heat signature. Also, building your fortress of material that's prone to cave-ins, etc., especially when your military equipment presumably isn't terribly easy to replace (it's not like they can waltz into the Coruscant shipyards and order up a new fleet of planes stat) doesn't seem like a very good idea, at least to me.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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