Sex and the City opens, holds women in thrall
"Sex" moved from the city to the cinema on Friday as hordes of determined women descended upon Manhattan for the premiere of "Sex and the City" in the city where the hit television show-turned-film takes place.
"Is there a New York girl that isn't (a fan of the show)?" asked Nikki Lamarine, who stood outside a Times Square cinema as she and about 30 girlfriends clutched opening-night tickets they had secured several weeks in advance. "If there is, she's weird," Lamarine added.
In honor of the premiere, the women sported bright dresses, high heels and dramatic hats that owed more than a little to the four style-savvy stars of the new film and the hit HBO television series on which it is based.
One of the very few men in the crowd was New Yorker Dennis Castillo, a longtime fan who had come with a group of female friends. "I'm really excited to see Samantha, all her craziness," said Castillo.
An online survey of more than 10,000 moviegoers buying tickets for "Sex and the City" found that 94 percent were women, and that 67 per cent planned to attend the movie this weekend with a group of female friends. Several Manhattan bars were serving free Cosmopolitans, a cocktail favored by the foursome on the TV show, to those who had attended opening night.