Sex and the City: The Movie
HBO/New Line Cinema
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattral, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, and Jennifer Hudson
Rated R – strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and language
Running Time: 145 minutes (2 hours and 25 minutes)
Those saucy gals from the hit HBO series Sex and the City are back. And this time, it’s not just for a fleeting half-hour. Oh no. The ladies light up the screen with their sexual shenanigans for well over two hours. I’ll be honest; I’m not a Sex and the City fan. My tastes lean more toward the Sopranos. But I gave the movie a shot.
The film picks up three years after the series left us. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) have gone forward in their lives with marriage, kids, moving away from New York, and being published. Ah, the joys of being a middle-aged woman.
But for Carrie, her dream is to be with Mr. Big (Law and Order: Criminal Intent’s Chris Noth). She wants to live a fairy-tale existence with him in a giant penthouse, and for them to live happily ever after. Will they get married? Will they buy the penthouse? Will Carrie reunite with her gal pals? Are there any straight single men in New York? These, and many other questions, are answered throughout the film.
If you liked the series, you’ll love the movie. Why? Because it’s pretty much a string of episodes run together. Since it was on HBO, and censors aren’t allowed, what they got away with on cable they can get away with on the big screen. Which means there are no real surprises in terms of the sex, language, or nudity. It was a staple of the series, and is expected here.
If you’re a hip and happening woman who enjoys sex, booze, and foul language with friends, this is the movie for you (or you can save money and just watch ABC’s The View).
Special features only include an audio commentary with writer/director Michael Patrick King.
It didn’t really work for me, and with no special features, I must give it a C. But if you loved the Sex and the City series, you’ll give it a resounding A+.