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Sarah Jessica Parker
Kim Cattrall
Kristin Davis
Cynthia Nixon
Chris Noth.
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Sex And The City: The Movie
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Plot
Four years on, Carrie (Parker) is apartment hunting with “man-friend” Big (Chris Noth); Samantha (Cattrall) is on the West Coast; Miranda (Nixon) has settled down to domestic bliss in Brooklyn, and Charlotte (Davis) is happily raising her adopted child.


Review
Sex And The City: The Movie

For many women in their late twenties/early thirties, Sex And The City is the equivalent of The Phantom Menace. From its debut in 1998, the six-season sexploits of Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte on the Manhattan singles scene became a quasi-religion, something women cherished as their own and geeked out about to each other. Like Star Wars, SATC managed to turn narratives into product, inspiring cravings for Vuitton bags and Blahnik shoes as powerful as lightsaber envy. Also like Star Wars (and unusually for a chick flick), the project has generated its very own rumour mill and spoiler culture, creating a sense of trepidation among its huge following. Will someone die? Will one of the couples break up? Can a 135-minute reunion do justice to characters nurtured over 94 episodes?

The good news, then, is that SATC: The Movie replicates everything that’s great about the TV show, in particular its breathless flitting between relationship realities and romantic wish-fulfilment. There are the laugh-out-loud moments (a randy dog, a touch of the turistas, and sushi as a sex aid), the bawdy sex romps (surprisingly Samantha doesn’t get the raunchiest scene) and the fashionista wet dreams (Mr. Big builds Carrie an enormodrome of a closet). But the skill of the writing and performances allows these elements to co-exist alongside a moving portrait of the pangs of love and friendship. The TV show has a generous, unabashed love of human frailty, and the movie has it in spades too.

New to the mix is a likable Jennifer Hudson as Carrie’s assistant. Also new is an older, if not necessarily wiser, quartet. These women are no longer interested in finding the latest nightspot, and the film makes comic use of the shift in priorities: one of the girls’ trademark let’s-all-talk-about-sex brunches is given a new spin by the presence of Charlotte’s adopted daughter, the dialogue exploring a childish euphemism to the full. Indeed, the best parts of the movie are often the moments when you just get to hang with the characters. It helps that the cast have a back-of-the-hand intimacy, the best scenes going to Parker and Nixon who find touching depth in the darker moments.

In many respects, Sex And The City has more in common with an old-school George Cukor “woman’s picture” than, say, The Devil Wears Prada or 27 Dresses, interweaving female centric tales of fidelity, heartbreak and forgiveness rather than relying on mad-dash-for-the-airport antics. What it misses, though, is Cukor’s grace as a storyteller. Writer-director King, a stalwart of the TV show, makes little of the opportunities offered by the big screen - a detour to Mexico lacks visual flavour - where a more courageous choice might have reflected the high style of the fashions in the filmmaking. Equally disappointing is that the film sells short its menfolk - a misconception about the TV series - forcing them to behave in cruel ways just to keep the plot machinations going. But ultimately for the fanbase, this delivers a superior episode of the show. And surely it’s unrealistic to expect any more?


Verdict
If you are immune to the charms of Carrie and co., this will do little to convert you. Still, it has more than enough sass, style and sentiment to keep the faithful satisfied. Add a star if you’re a fan.


Reviewed by William Thomas

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Trash.

My girlfriend said she'd go and see crystal skull with me if i saw this with her............I HATE YOU MICHEAL PATRICK KING, this is just two 70 year old women, one 80 year old and one horse whos ready for the knackers yard talking shite. PLEASE SOMEONE GET THEIR HANDS ON THE SEQUAL AND DESTROY THE MASTER COPY NO STARS AWARDED. I ONLY PUT 1 COS I HAD TO. ... More

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Posted by paulandnic14 at 23:29, 01 February 2010 | Report This Post


It made me a fan

My mum never let me watch the tv seires and i knew nothing about them at all so i was a virgin of the show when we saw the movie together. My first impression was that it was a 3 star movie. Nothing great but a good chick flick. However, since it arrived on sky premiere and i've watched it 3 more times, it is definately a four star classic. SJP is okay but i felt that the real star of the movie was Nixon, i really loved her character's stroy line. Charlotte and Miranda's characters were perfe... More

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Posted by MariannaBelle at 20:07, 12 June 2009 | Report This Post


I liked it!

I don't know what this will mean in terms of target demographic and predicted interest, but i'm a mid twenties male who doesn't really give a toss about fashion, I did watch/like this show when it was on tele (although I missed the last season) I really disliked the character of Carrie throughout most of seasons I saw... but I really enjoyed this movie! It is terribly materialistic, but I found it to be an easy, fun watch, and Carrie was the least annoying I've ever seen. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 20:31, 22 March 2009 | Report This Post


AWFUL!

ok i am not the target audience for this film what soever i am a man and therefore this automatically is not my cup of tea but unfortunately i was made to sit through this garbage and its a time in my life i will not get back. This film was first of all way way way to long and even though i haven't seen the tv show felt like a omnibus on tv and a bunch of episodes strung together. and after 40 minutes of it i felt i needed not just a week but a lifetime break from it. it was also cram packed of ... More

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Posted by THE DALTONATOR at 10:12, 29 January 2009 | Report This Post


Wretched Sex and the City

I refused to see this in theaters because I knew it would be bad and I was soooo right!!! I don't understand how all my female friends loved this movie. It is 8 very bad episodes of the show strung together with almost no humor, sex, nudity, emotion, or connection to string it all together. Parker is wooden, Nixon is bored, Cattrall is left plotless with a phoned in performance. Davis gives a great performance but is left out of 2/3 of the film. Thanks for ruining a great show. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 15:17, 29 November 2008 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

Saw this last night after vowing I'd never watch it. The persuasive powers of women made me acquiesce. Not as bad as I thought it would be but it went on and on and on for 2 and a half hours! It did send out some awful messages though., i.e. women will forgive unbelievably bad behaviour from men. The Steve character cheats on his wife because they haven't had sex in six months but is ultimately forgiven. Parker's character is jilted at the aisle for no good reason and also ultimately ... More

Posted by Wilbert at 12:10, 26 October 2008 | Report This Post


RE:

I had to sit through this dross with my partner a couple of nights ago.   Jesus this is a bad movie. Man are bad- handbags are good seems to be the 'message'. What a load of banal, empty, soul destroying dross this is- and to spin it out over 2 fucking hours!   I swear I could feel my IQ dropping as I watched this.   ... More

Posted by raclements at 13:13, 01 October 2008 | Report This Post


Better than expected

Why have they got a guy reviewing sex and the city!? Empire, tut tut, you do have a big female audience too and it is annoying that you send out a male journalist to review the biggest chick flick of the decade! Why not send a female journalist to review Rambo or Green Street or Football Factory? Pa! I enjoyed this film, it was a great feel good movie and hilarious, only downpoints are Big, i hate the man, and old women cleavage...plus the only proper sex scene is with the ugliest characters! ... More

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Posted by parklife at 18:51, 06 July 2008 | Report This Post


UNFABULOUS!

I think u have to be a big fan of the show to like this unFABULOUS movie.My sister made me watch series 1,2,3 and 4 of the show and i admit it i liked it(and i"m not gay) but if i could never watch the show again i would"nt mind at all.This movie was"nt half as good as the show obviously,there were"nt any laughs,there were"nt any cries,it just felt like u were looking at a blank screen(bit of exageration there) for over 2 hours.Don"t mistake me i did"nt hate it... More

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Posted by JohnPaul1996 at 21:04, 04 July 2008 | Report This Post


Add one star if your a fan take all stars away if you love cinema. One of the worst films of the decade absolutely terrible and it is evil ... More

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Posted by willchadwick at 18:05, 27 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Sex and the City

I went to see it last night in a packed screen and as a fan of the show i enjoyed it on the most part.  The portrayal of the friendships was still as strong as ever and that was always my favourite part of the show rather than the nonsensical slagging around and offensive fashions however it took me a while to settle into it as for the first 20 minutes or so it felt like the SJP show with her blatant overacting!!    I was really disappointed that Kristin Davis's character wa... More

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Posted by VictoC at 17:32, 21 June 2008 | Report This Post


Sex and the City

Fans of the show are going to love it. I’ve got to be honest I’m a little jealous; here’s a film where the creators have genuinely made it for the fans. They haven’t taken some concept or franchise with a fan base and then diluted it, added extra parts to appeal to a larger audience, they’ve delivered on every front and is exactly what you’d expect of a “Sex and the City” movie. I wish other properties were shown similar respect (I’m looking at you Lucus). Don’t get me wrong, I’... More

Posted by ripblade at 13:12, 20 June 2008 | Report This Post


Embarrassed to be Female

Loved the TV series and I'm the perfect demographic (mid-twenties, work in the fashion industry) but this was just awful. The humor that made the tv series was missing (a poo joke? Seriously?) The characters were shallow and seemed unable to communicate with the men in their lives in any way. Most of the script consisted of the main characters screaming when they got together (every five minutes). The melodramatic music was hilarious, particularly when Carrie meets Big on the road after he jil... More

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Posted by sindoy at 11:37, 06 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: sex and the city

This is the best movie I have seen it seven times and im going to see it again on saturday   I love it epscially when you see the guys huge piece ... More

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Posted by Trunk Monkeey at 11:28, 05 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: sex and the city

Diss the Whedon/Firefly and it's like a moth to a flame for you guys! Too easy! sp;And agreed those highlighted parts can be applied to other shows - which is why I did it! As for rating SATC above Firefly, well that's easily done but like you say, it is merely my own opinion. Oh and I totally agree, Lost Highway is excellent. Is there hope for me? Hmmmm, maybe! ... More

Posted by losthighway at 09:18, 05 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Fooling no-one

L: losthighway e little I saw from the show, it was a painfully pointless show about painfully pointless idiotic things with painfully annoying charactersnot Charlotte, the nice one with black hair, but the other three deserve decapitation), with the excuse of feminism. a itself was rubbish, nothing clever about it. Maybe the film is better, but I will never know, since I will never watch this possibly  huge mountain of shite.ut this is only my subjective opinion WOW! F... More

Posted by Deviation at 22:55, 04 June 2008 | Report This Post


WOW!!!!

I watched SATC in a sold out big screen, with a lot of enthusiastic fun loving women,happy couples, gay men, and straight men, and the film did NOT disappoint.. It is very easy to raise an eyebrow and condemn this film as a stupid chick flick, but you'd be missing the point, as men with boobs and saggy bear belies always do, but then again, if you miss the point, there is no point in showing you the point anyway, because you would't get it if it hit you right in the point in the middle of your ... More

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Posted by omarx at 21:53, 04 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Fooling no-one

L: losthighway e little I saw from the show, it was a painfully pointless show about painfully pointless idiotic things with painfully annoying charactersnot Charlotte, the nice one with black hair, but the other three deserve decapitation), with the excuse of feminism. a itself was rubbish, nothing clever about it. Maybe the film is better, but I will never know, since I will never watch this possibly  huge mountain of shite.ut this is only my subjective opinion WOW! F... More

Posted by mustbebunnies at 21:43, 04 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Fooling no-one

e little I saw from the show, it was a painfully pointless show about painfully pointless idiotic things with painfully annoying charactersnot Charlotte, the nice one with black hair, but the other three deserve decapitation), with the excuse of feminism. a itself was rubbish, nothing clever about it. Maybe the film is better, but I will never know, since I will never watch this possibly  huge mountain of shite.ut this is only my subjective opinion   WOW! For a moment th... More

Posted by losthighway at 20:56, 04 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Straight men love it too

L: krudler L: dandadub well there lying because there obviously gay. everyman on the planet hates this monstrousity and wanted it banished. its gotten way too much publicity especially with indiana jones 4 out the same time. my girlfriend who is a huge fan was really eager to see his until all the publicity now she nolonger wants to see it because shes sick to death hearing about it. I'm a straight guy and dont hate it, its not as clever as it thinks it is but its not terrible eithe... More

Posted by Deviation at 16:26, 04 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Straight men love it too

L: dandadub well there lying because there obviously gay. everyman on the planet hates this monstrousity and wanted it banished. its gotten way too much publicity especially with indiana jones 4 out the same time. my girlfriend who is a huge fan was really eager to see his until all the publicity now she nolonger wants to see it because shes sick to death hearing about it. ou're an idiot. Welcome, by the way. ... More

Posted by rikkie at 14:20, 04 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Straight men love it too

L: dandadub well there lying because there obviously gay. everyman on the planet hates this monstrousity and wanted it banished. its gotten way too much publicity especially with indiana jones 4 out the same time. my girlfriend who is a huge fan was really eager to see his until all the publicity now she nolonger wants to see it because shes sick to death hearing about it. sp; I'm a straight guy and dont hate it, its not as clever as it thinks it is but its not terrible either ... More

Posted by krudler at 13:42, 04 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Straight men love it too

well there lying because there obviously gay. everyman on the planet hates this monstrousity and wanted it banished. its gotten way too much publicity especially with indiana jones 4 out the same time. my girlfriend who is a huge fan was really eager to see his until all the publicity now she nolonger wants to see it because shes sick to death hearing about it. ... More

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Posted by dandadub at 13:24, 04 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Er, perhaps not...

L: The Voice of Fate Should films that are only for half the popularion have stars deducted? hat statement is a bit - actually a lot - nonsensical. Surely if you take away stars based on how much of the population a given film doesn't appeal to then it's impossible to ever justify giving a film 5 stars, as no film will appeal to everyone. And what about cross over hits? They're designed initially to aim to a certain demographic but such is their appeal that they end up attracting a lot ... More

Posted by HIM at 11:59, 03 June 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Fooling no-one

e: ORIGINAL: darth silas Sorry but if any guy says they like Sex and the city then they are either gay or badly in need of watching Rambo quote] ple for you The Voice of Fate._79 - well spotted! sp; Darth Silas, what a truly sad and pathetic statement to make!! I'm gay and yeah I like SATC but I also like action films and horror films and all those genres in between which are supposedly perceived as 'masculine'. Live and let live I say! If a straight guy likes S... More

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