By Jennifer Armstrong
March 09, 2009 at 08:15 PM EDT

Elisabeth Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker are costarring in an upcoming romantic comedy called Did You Hear About the Morgans?, and as far as I’m concerned, that pairing couldn’t be more apropos. Not because I care so much about this particular movie itself (something about SJP and Hugh Grant being a high-powered couple who witness a murder and are banished by witness protection to a small town — hilarious culture clashes ensue, etc.). It’s because it puts Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss on-screen alongside her spiritual godmother, career-wise. Among the many cultural impacts of Sex and the City was its casting of not-totally-model-perfect women in roles that dared to be unlikable at times. (Even the biggest Carrie defenders spent a season or two wanting to punch her in the face. The Aidan breakup, for starters…). The trail of Emmy-bait women’s roles on cable TV leads right back to Ms. Bradshaw and friends, and none more so than Moss’ wonderfully complicated Peggy Olson, who’s nothing if not the ’50s/’60s embodiment of the SATC spirit. Turns out being a single career girl looking for love in the city wasn’t all pink drinks and pretty shoes then (it was more surprise childbirth and sexual harassment), and the sometimes-pretty-sometimes-not, sometimes-sympathetic-sometimes-not Moss renders the constrictions of the time perfectly. And suddenly a “whatever’ Hugh Grant movie has our attention…

What do you think of SJP and Elisabeth Moss teaming up? Does it make you more excited about Did You Hear About the Morgans?

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