One of the Girls: BBF in the City

As the black best friend in Sex and the City: The Movie, Jennifer Hudson plays a tired role.


When the prophesies finally turned out to be true—that they are making a movie, that all four girls are in and that there is going to be a wedding—scores of the devout laid in wait, salivating for more manna to rain down from the Sex and the City: The Movie mountaintop.

But one particular crumb seems especially unsatisfying.

After six seasons, a couple of power lesbians, a naked Blair Underwood, contract negotiations, false starts and four years of abstinence, the city will finally get some color in the full-figured form of Jennifer Hudson.

The 26-year-old Oscar winner will play a new character—little Louise from St. Louis, Carrie's "young and inexperienced, but still label-savvy assistant." Booooo!

All Sex and the City evangelists know there is one fatal flaw with the show that launched the sale of a thousand Manolos; The New York City that HBO gave us was monochromatic, lily white. Unless you count bright spots with Miranda's former lovah Dr. Robert Leeds (Blair Underwood) and a few lipstick lesbians who showed Charlotte a good time in season two, SATC has never been the place to seek affirmative action in bed.

The film's writer-director Michael Patrick King has said in interviews that Hudson's casting was no coincidence. The film not only needed a younger diva to divvy up the action (Carrie and her cohorts are now all 40 plus), but it also needed diversity.

"I always felt the one color that was missing was an African-American woman or a minority character," said King. "Then I thought, 'Who can play her?' And Jennifer Hudson said yes."

Sarah Jessica Parker has echoed King's concerns, "African-American women and women of color have been a big part of our audience for a long time [and] we really haven't been responsible to them."

So the addition of Ms. Hudson to the cast should bring squeals of delight, not snickers of snark. Finally a black woman can be seen in close proximity to sex and not be sexualized. SATCTM has the chance to break some celluloid molds here.

Still, Hudson's character, though fresh-faced, unexpected and significant, appears to be fairly predictable. Louise, with her curly black 'do and dizzy plaid boots, has a specific function in the film—helping Carrie get her crap together after a bad break up. Basically she is the perfect pocket life coach.