I can’t color enough, I would color all day every day If I had my way, I would use every crayon in my box. -Samantha
Sex And The City (2008)
Posted By Heather On 30 Jan 2009. Under 2008, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Comedy, Drama, Romance, Romantic Comedy Tags: Candace Bushnell, Carrie Bardshaw, Chris Noth, Comedy, Cynthia Nixon, David Eigeonberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, Kim Catrall, Kristin Davis, Mario Cantone, Michael Patrick King, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex And The City, Willie Garson
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
Written and Directed By: Michael Patrick King
Based On The Book By: Candace Bushnell
Staring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Candace Bergon, Jennifer Hudson, David Eigeonberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Mario Cantone, and Willie Garson
A New York writer on sex and love is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. But her three best girlfriends must console her after one of them inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her.
Sex And The City as a motion picture simply turned out to be a half season mushed into two and a half hours. For a fan of the show, this is Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda bliss, but for someone who was not a fan of the show, I’m not so sure. The only real critique here is the lack of appeal to audiences outside die hard fans. The film picked up three years after the conclusion of the show and gave a glimpse into their lives showing their happily ever afters’s not entirely happy ever after. A small clip at the beginning gave an update of where the character’s left off from it’s conclusion, but it was a small attempt at letting a “new” audience be aware of who these women were and where they were in their lives. After six seasons and three years past I’m not clear on who would be interested in watching this film other than a fan anyway, but after thirty minutes or so a new viewer could just as well fall into the special world of Carrie and her friends.
At first it is almost strange to see the women together again, and the film being mixed with fancy shots and an intense soundtrack, but it isn’t long before each of the character’s slip easily back into the routine of themselves and the essence of the show is captured again. The first hour builds to the major conflict of the film, but it still rolls with the quirky pace of a thirty minute episode. As most of the seasons had theme’s that were storybook long, this film was a natural homage to it’s initial creation and felt entirely natural throughout.
Most of the comic moments were not inside jokes, but funny enough for anyone to catch on, and range from intelligent humour right down to raunchy jokes like Charlotte and her Poughkeepsie pants. The comedy sandwiched with it’s realism in relationship battles make this something incredibly unique in TV land. The tragedies were heartbreaking, the funny hysterical, and the romantic moments just that. These character’s and their lives have a life force all of their own with a very specific audience intended, and to that audience this film was a successful creation.
Like the Stargate movies, this film was made for the fans. It’s intentions opened the door for new viewers, but it was made for the tirade of women (and some men) who adore the character’s on this show which structures itself around finding love, but not in the typical fairy tale way. Each of the women are very different; and happy and in love means something very different for each of them. The show and the movie depict love and exemplify the fact that it doesn’t always happen the way you plan, but it’s beautiful when it does. This is 100% all systems go for die hard fans and a maybe for newbies. It might not be for the Oscar’s, but it’s good stuff.