...to ruin any kind of good feelings that Sex and the City built up about Lady Movies, here comes the trailer for the Dianne English/Meg Ryan remake of The Women.
Now, of course, it's totally unfair to put Carrie, Miranda, and their whole crew on the hook for what, at first glance, looks like a wretched remake simply because both feature central quartets of women who lunch together, strategize about their love lives, and somehow encounter Candice Bergen. Yet when The Women crashes and burns at the office -- and it will, both because Meg Ryan hasn't been bankable for years and because Sex and the City's wild success will cause many to inflate expectations -- look out for the "I guess chick flicks aren't profitable after all" stories.
As for the trailer...ech. A remake of The Women is a bad idea in the first place, given that the charm of the original lies in the kind of catty, gossipy behavior among a group of women that would seem incredibly politically incorrect in 2008. So the remake is then faced with the choice of being an insulting throwback or else revamped beyond recognition. And that's not getting into the casting, which manages to be admirably color-blind but at the same time tin-eared (there are absolutely actresses of color who can handle comedy better than Eva Mendes and Jada Pinkett-Smith).
I'm perfectly willing to eat crow if the finished product exceeds the low expectations this trailer sets. But yikes, does it seem like a tall order.