Absolutely Fatuous! the Old Plas Act: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis
Byline: MARY CARR
THE frocks were endlessly examinedCynthia Nixons too revealing, Kristin Daviss too plainthe Philip Treacy floral confection was applauded and the camaraderie, or lackof it, between the cast members held up to the sort of critical scrutiny youdfind in an anthropology manual.
The one question left unasked in the devotional atmosphere that surrounded theworld premiere of Sex and the City: The Movie, was if SJP and the gals arentjust, well, a bit too middle-aged to play a group of over-made-up,self-absorbed women, squealing like teenagers around the fleshpots ofManhattan.
Its not that the cast didnt look great on the red carpet. To coin a favouriteSATC phrase, they looked fabulous, although it has to be said that in certaincases their sinewy arms spoke of perhaps too much exertion in the gym and themisshapen feet, of the fallout from three decades manoeuvring around in killerheels.
Its four years since the girls last hung up their Manolos but for some reasonit seems much further back than that.
The truth is that the last few series had none of the edginess of the originalepisodes and it was becoming increasingly impossible to marry the girls newcommitmentsmotherhood and monogamywith the qualities which originally gave the series such vitalitythe sexual freedom, glamour, irresponsibility and self-indulgence of theirsingleton lives.
The girls had grown up and the audience who had followed their adventures forsix years outgrew them.
Carrie was removed to Paris because her soulmates were simply no longeravailable to go cavorting around Manhatten, smoking spliffs and enjoyingone-night stands.
But with her Paris backdrop and fairytale gowns, Carrie seemed as absurd as thecharacters from Friends, in the final years, still lolling around Central Perklike students.
The memory of playing an overgrown teenager must still haunt Courtney Cox.Asked this week if she would be recreating Monica for a big-screen version ofthe hit series, she quickly demurred: You know what? I have a feeling its notgoing to happen. The longer we wait, the older we get. Were you know, close to80 now.
Its a pity such reservations didnt trouble Kim Cattrall, who is now 51, or the43-year-old Sarah Jessica Parker from reprising their roles as urban sexpotsor from reportedly now giving serious consideration to the prospect of a secondmovie.
Or that the worn-out looking Harrison Ford didnt take a peep in the mirrorbefore agreeing to play in the classic Indiana Jones film, which is incrediblythe most eagerly anticipated event of this years Cannes Film Festival. …