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Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon in "Sex and the City: The Movie."

I just don't get it.

"It" would be "Sex and the City," a movie spin-off from the long-running HBO sitcom (which can now be seen, in slightly cleaned up form, in syndication). At 145 minutes, it's like watching five episodes of the program. Five extremely padded and rather raunchy episodes. ...

However, I will note that I took two "translators" — two 20-something female friends — with me to a promotional screening of the movie.

They both laughed at the film, one of them even clapping a bit at the end. And yes, that includes the nauseating Montezuma's Revenge bit involving Kristin Davis' character, which made them giggle. (That bit made me roll my eyes, by the way.)

And before you say I didn't get the movie because I'm a man, I'll also say that I didn't get what was supposed to be funny about "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," the latest, PG-13 rated Adam Sandler comedy.

The movie simply rehashes some already tired and pretty offensive Middle Eastern stereotypes for nearly two full hours.

Other supposed jokes include a recurring bit in which hummus is used as coffee sweetener, as toothpaste and as hair dye, among other things. It's not funny and is enough to put you off the chick peas, olive oil and garlic mixture for the rest of your life.

As for Sandler, whose character is supposed to be a former Israeli commando, he sounds more like he's trying to imitate the late oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau. (French? Israeli? What's the difference, right?)

Yet the preview audience I saw "Zohan" with laughed uproariously. I should mention that it was a free public screening, though. I mean, who doesn't like free movies?

And yes, I am probably not in the target demographic for that film as well, since I'm not a juvenile boy. But I did laugh at "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and that one was pretty juvenile as well.


Speaking of audiences, for a change the masses made a bit of a difference in my opinion.

Last Saturday I saw the digitally animated comedy "Kung Fu Panda," which is one of the better kids films to come along lately.

I'd already decided I liked the goofy and likable film early on, even if it is a bit violent. However, it was made even more enjoyable by the crowd. One very enthusiastic young boy had a contagious laugh, and he laughed throughout the movie. So it clearly pleased its target demographic.


It's unclear who the studio is trying to target with "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," a movie spin-off of the once-popular television series, and a follow-up to the largely forgotten, 1998 movie of the same name.

The trailer for "I Want to Believe," which is being released July 25, has finally debuted. You can view it at

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