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Thursday 12 June 2008, 15:43

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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According to this marketing fantasia, New York has had its real women surgically removed.

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    "A handbag where its heart should be?" I wonder if Maggie Thatcher's seen this..!

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    Comment number 2.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you...

    You've expressed my disgust for this tawdry franchise with precision. The automatic reaction from many has been to accuse critics of sexism, without supplying arguments to support this reprehensible bile. The female critic on Newsnight Review who panned it for the same reasons as myself, such as the hideous solipsism and consumerism, was obviously not doing so in a sexist way, and neither am I.

    The bottom line is that the attempts at humour are cringe worthy in the extreme. They make me recoil every time I hear them. The sex/colouring 'joke' on the clip shown on the Culture Show is a perfect example of the drivel that appears.

    "I'm 41 and I still don't know what it means". Ho and indeed hum.

    It is tired, it is hackneyed, it is smug, and it is not funny.

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    Comment number 3.

    Bravo, eloquently put and far better than I could have done... I was told the same thing as you were my a girl who watched the film I said roughly the same thing but with a few more obscenities included...

    In my opinion people who watch this rubbish are no better than those who watch the parody films that have sprung up in abundance recently.

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    Comment number 4.

    Mark - what you say is true and what is a mother to do? What sort of society are we are creating for our daughters - Lee wins the apprentice and Sex and the City is supposed to let us think we are liberated.

    I would rather they watched Mary Poppins - even Disney had stronger role models (with a song, sung by a mother, about suffragettes.)

    Keep on keeping on!

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    Comment number 5.

    Scarily, I can see "It's not a film about issues, it'a a film about shoes" being on the poster for the DVD release

 

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