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Femme Comedies: From Sex and the City to He's Just Not That Into You

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 2, 2008 at 5:27AM

In the wake of the Sex and the City boxoffice juggernaut, a lot of people are going to be speculating about which upcoming chick flicks are going to ride a new wave of interest in women's pics.
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Sexand_cityatcmain2In the wake of the Sex and the City boxoffice juggernaut, a lot of people are going to be speculating about which upcoming chick flicks are going to ride a new wave of interest in women's pics.

Truth is, most romantic comedies are not Big Event pics like Sex and the City--which is an escapist sexy entertaining movie that celebrates what it is to be a woman. How often does that come our way?

In fact, the movie version of the HBO series (which still draws decent numbers in reruns, years later) serves as an unwelcome reminder of how little the formula pablum served up by the studios satisfies the demanding femme demo. In other words, Sex and the City got made because it was a hit HBO show, not because it fit into any of the usual Hollywood notions of what women want. And thus it is an anomaly.

Which is not to say that I'm bitching about the trailer below, for He's Just Not That Into You, which at least boasts a strong ensemble cast led by Jennifer Anniston, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson. So you tell me: will this one be boffo at the b.o.?

This article is related to: TV, Women in Film, Franchises, Sex and the City, HBO


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.