May 30, 2008 Sex And The City
Studio: Warner Bros. Rating: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
If you enjoy fashion and romance a new movie could be right up your alley.
I'm not the first to say it...but it's true that labels and love serve as the main theme in "Sex And The City.
Four years after their long-running HBO series went off the air, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis reunite for a big screen adventure in "Sex And The City."
As the story begins, We find Carrie Bradshaw (Parker) and her on-again, off-again lover Big (Chris Noth) in the middle of a fairy-tale romance. While they seem happy, a new apartment brings up the question of marriage. After a conversation that sounds more like a business deal than a proposal, they agree to wed.
With Carrie is in the midst of pre-marital bliss her friends' relationships are in various stages of happiness. Charlotte (Davis) is blissful, but Samantha (Cattrall) and Miranda (Nixon) aren't quite as satisfied.
"Sex And The City" feels very similar to a TV episode. Even as Carrie is ready to walk down the aisle with Big, obstacles and hurdles begin to appear in the lives of our four fashion conscience divas.
We get trials and tribulations and lessons about love, relationships and forgiveness. But, none of it feels new...or for that part very real. On the positive side it is fun to see the "Sex And The City" cast back together. And, of course the actresses are very familiar with their characters. But it all plays out a little predictably.
That's doesn't have to be a bad thing, if the familiar if punchy and has some new twists. But here, with a two and a half hour running time, the story drags at certain points. There a little too much whining and a little too little fun and frothy behavior that the series was known for. There are scenes which try to create that atmosphere but they feel forced. Actually, the most amusing parts of the film use very lowbrow humor to generate laughs. It's like a frat movie meets a fashion show.
With so many familiar faces returning the only notable new addition is Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson. But she doesn't bring much zip in a role that just about anyone could have played. It's a one-note character who quickly passes in and out of Carrie's life. Although she's credited with helping our star through a tough time I would have rather seen one of Carrie's friends (like Miranda) take on that task.
After meandering through the story we finally get to an ending that most fans will probably enjoy. I just wish the journey hadn't taken so long.
On my rating scale, "Sex And The City" earns a Double. But to be fair, four women who accompanied me to the show said they would award it at least a triple. I have no doubt hardcore followers of the TV series will enjoy this much more than the casual movie-goer.
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