Sex and the CT


Camerin Courtney, a film reviewer for Christianity Today, gave Sex and the City 3 stars (out of four).

And instantly, the CT Movies mailbox exploded. Here’s a keeper:

This movie is nothing more than pornography for women. Women used to be the moral compass of humanity. Forty years ago that began to change and has accelerated with the success of the feminist movement. The depth of that success can be gauged by the reviewer’s remarks that SATC is “a phenomenon even for many Christians. For years, good church-going friends of mine secretly raved about Sex and the City.” The fact that they did it secretly reveals that their consciences weren’t totally devoid of the ability to tell right from wrong, but the fact they chose to submerse their minds in it anyway reveals a willingness to indulge in corrupt thinking regardless of what the Bible says.Terry L. Brown

And for the sake of contrast:

I wish people would please see the movie before passing judgment. I have seen it. Do you know that in the movie, two of the four main characters are married, and are faithful to their mates? The other two are in long-term (3- and 5-year) relationships, also faithful, (even though, granted, it is outside of marriage.) There is no bed-hopping‚Äîthe only principle player who cheats is one of the husbands, setting up a major plot line about forgiveness and the restoration of a marriage. Although there are sex scenes, that is not the focus of the movie. It’s a movie about commitment, marriage, friendship, and learning to love and forgive. It has merit. – Don and Sheryl Cope

Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan is adding excerpts from reviews that are not encouraging…

And his own response is here.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • http://mandoron.wordpress.com mandoron

    How funny. (sort of) I ran into a some friends from church at the theater yesterday. They were too embarassed to tell us that they were seeing Sex and the City.

    This morning, they expressed regret. Apparently they had only seen the syndicated version, not the HBO version…

  • petertchattaway

    Oh man. It’s not like CT reviews are all written by the same person. (In this case, they definitely weren’t. I reviewed Caspian, and I haven’t even seen Sex yet. And I haven’t a clue whether the person who did review Sex has seen Caspian yet.)

  • jenzug

    My favorite is the outrage over Prince Caspian getting fewer stars than Sex and the City. That’s just a big bowl of AWESOME.

  • chessncoffee

    “The fact that they did it secretly reveals that their consciences weren‚Äôt totally devoid of the ability to tell right from wrong, but the fact they chose to submerse their minds in it anyway reveals a willingness to indulge in corrupt thinking regardless of what the Bible says.”

    Or maybe they were afraid of judgmental Christians condemning them! What a novel idea! I wonder why they’d be afraid of that!


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