On an island where fleece sweaters and Croc rubber slip-ons are considered appropriate attire for a night out and coffee in a paper cup is the beverage of choice, I couldn’t help but wonder…
…what’s the appeal of a film that worships $800 stilettos and a pink and potent cocktail called the cosmopolitan?
The Clyde Theater and Prima Bistro in Langley have teamed up to bring a little sex into the city this Sunday.
Women who are interested in having the most fun you can have for 10 bucks on Whidbey Island are invited to grab a girlfriend to see a showing of “Sex and the City” at The Clyde and head to the Prima Bistro for $4 cosmos between 4 and 8 p.m.
The movie will be shown twice that day; at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“You could call it ‘Sex and the small Village by the Sea,” said Lynn Willeford, who owns the Clyde Theater with her husband Blake.
The event has generated such interest that islanders may encounter New York-style lines at both the theater and the restaurant.
Jenn Jurriaans, who owns the Prima Bistro with her husband, said the feedback has been incredible and large groups of women have made reservations.
“There is a lot of buzz,” she said.
The Prima and The Clyde hope to cash in on the phenomena of “Sex and the City” that was revived by the release of the summer blockbuster movie version of the HBO show. The HBO series was a potent mix of outrageous fashion and even more outrageous dialogue formed by the friendship of the unlikely foursome of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha.
Willeford said her friends have been amused by her getting behind the event so enthusiastically.
“It’s so not me,” Willeford said.
Willeford is usually known to be a supporter of smart independent and art films.
“We’ve done some special events before. But seeing the response to this — I felt inspired,” she said.
The series was a top-rated TV show for six seasons before it went off the air in 2004. The movie was released in May.
Critics questioned if the movie could live up to its hype. After all, the big movie ticket buyers are teenagers and men who want to see explosive action flicks. But with an unprecedented $57 million three-day gross for a romantic comedy on opening weekend, women all over the world proved them wrong, making “Sex and the City” the top-opening film of its genre.The movie sparked events like Langley’s “girls night out” around the world.
The Langley event promises to have similar success. Women between 18 and 80 have made plans to see the movie.
Langley resident Sarah Primrose said she was pulled in by a chance to have a pretend big-city night out.
She never followed the series, but she has firsthand experience being single in New York.
“I lived in New York after college for eight years,” she said. “It’s kind of living my past.”
“You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl.”
Inspired by the movie, she paid Good Cheer Thrift Store a visit and created a Carrie-worthy outfit for $8.
“I spent all of $3 for my dress and $5 for the shoes,” Primrose said.
Now she has second thoughts.
“I don’t know if I am going to wear stilettos. I don’t want to break an ankle,” she said.
But the movie is a good excuse to add some glamour to island life.
“Life on Whidbey is very casual. I don’t remember the last time I wore heels,” Primrose said.
Stacey Miller plans a night out with her mom, Marilee Seligson.
“I watched the show. There was just one season I didn’t watch all of them,” she said.
It’ll be fun, she said.
“I love Carrie’s character,” Miller said. “She is very much the person I’d like to be.”
Fans of the show have said that even though it features widely exaggerated characters and superficial storylines, women identify with the characters.
Primrose said she likes Cynthia Nixon’s driven, cynical Miranda, but for a different reason.
“I associate with Nixon’s character — the redhead — because I have red hair,” she said.
Jurriaans said people have embraced the idea. There is a desire for good entertainment on South Whidbey and while guests are appreciative of the fine food and upscale entertainment available, creative ideas to engage guests seem to work.
“We’ve never done any partnering with a movie,” Jurriaans said. “But whenever we do events that are fun and different, people respond to it and want to be part of it.”
So, on an island where a movie about shoes and boys can create such a buzz, I can’t help but wonder…will we see a martini night with the next James Bond movie?