Sex And The City (15)



Comedy (2008)
145mins US

Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis
Director: Michael Patrick King
Writer(s): Michael Patrick King
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Fashion savvy author Carrie Bradshaw returns to narrate her exploits on the streets of New York City along with her gal pals Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. Little has changed in the intervening years. Carrie now has a young and inexperienced personal assistant Louise, who is gradually getting to grips with the fast pace of life in a city where fashion means everything. Mr Big continues to break Carrie's heart while Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are supported on their chaotic journeys of self-discovery by their significant others: Smith Jerrod, Harry and Steve.

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Sex And The City

Fans of the trend-setting HBO television series rejoice! The film version of Sex And The City unwraps almost two and a half hours of fabulous couture, sassy girl talk, toned naked men, breathtaking New York City locations and relationship woes to give your waterproof mascara a stern test...

Sex and the City: The Movie. Entertainment Film Distributors LtdIf, however, you're not au fait with the vacillations of author Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her pals Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), then Michael Patrick King's film will be as appealing as horizontal stripes on a beer gut. A slick, fast-paced opening credits montage condenses 94 episodes of tears, tiaras and tantrums into five minutes of soundbites and one-liners. "Year after year, twenty-something women come to New York City in search of the two L's: labels and love," coos Carrie in omnipresent voiceover. "Twenty years ago, I was one of them. Having gotten the knack for labels early... I concentrated on love."

Carrie and her paramour, Mr Big (Chris Noth), are poised to take the next step in their relationship: moving into a swanky penthouse apartment together. "It took four friends three days to put 20 years into 38 boxes," Carrie informs us as she prepares for the joys of cohabitation. Samantha has relocated to Los Angeles with her lover and model/actor client Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis), while Charlotte paints a picture of domestic bliss with her dependable husband Harry (Evan Handler) and adopted daughter Lily. Miranda continues to pursue work commitments ahead of home life in Brooklyn with her husband Steve (David Eigenberg), son Brady and nanny Magda (Lynn Cohen).

Sex and the City: The Movie. Entertainment Film Distributors LtdWhen fate sends Carrie into a whirl, she hastily interviews for a personal assistant. "Why'd you come to New York," the writer asks young and inexperienced applicant Louise (Jennifer Hudson). "To fall in love," she gushes, clutching a rented, Louis Vuitton patchwork handbag. Kindred spirits.

Sex And The City knows its audience and panders to them with swathes of gorgeous fashion and saucy banter like a hilarious euphemistic conversation about sex in front of three-year-old Lily. "Well, I can't colour enough. I could colour all day, every day if I had my way. I would use every crayon in my box!" purrs Samantha. Old friends such as event planner Anthony Marentino (Mario Cantone), Vogue Magazine editor Enid Frick (Candice Bergen) and confidant Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson) enjoy supporting roles, although sadly Aidan doesn't make a surprise appearance.

Sex and the City: The Movie. Entertainment Film Distributors LtdIndeed, there are few surprises here and nothing to warrant the transition to the big screen: this is essentially five episodes of the TV show sandwiched together. Writer-director King presumes the audience has intimate knowledge of the women and their back-stories: newcomers to this glamorous universe will be emotionally untouched by some of the characters' tribulations. The blur of designer labels is ridiculous as ever (Carrie would be covered in friction burns considering how frequently she changes her outfit) while Miranda and Steve's subplot relies on one of them acting out of character for dramatic effect. Oscar winner Hudson equips herself well as the newcomer to the fray, proving that genuine style doesn't come in a size zero.

- Kim Hu


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