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Sex and the City

Sex and the City
Starring:
Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, Chris North, David Eigenberg,
Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Willie Garson, Mario Cantone, Candice Bergen and Jennifer Hudson


Rated: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: May 30, 2008 Released by: New Line Cinema

Sarah Jessica Parker as "sexual anthropologist" Carrie Bradshaw gives fans of the now syndicated HBO series (from Candace Bushnell's book and creator Darren Star) something that feels like a new season of episodes.

Still, this gleefully adult magnum romantic comedy has a charming way about it, especially for those who often throw those home viewing events.

In the big screen version of "Sex in the City", we see how Carrie, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) are doing for themselves and their significant others some four years after the hit show completed its small-screen run.

In the Big Apple, Carrie and mogul Mr. Big (Chris Noth, also good on TV's "Law & Order") get serious with wedding plans. Miranda and Steve (Daivd Eigenberg) hit though times after one does a little wandering. The pristine existence of Charlotte and Harry (Evan Handler) is about to take the next step. On the west coast (specifically Malibu), the insouciant Samantha and Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) adore the beach mileu, yet the former longs for her girl pals and he is getting caught up in his professional life.

As directed by Michael Patrick King, the creative mind behind the last seasons of the series, lets the key leading quartet do their larger-than-life thing. He doesn't give it the zip through out - that is done by Parker in Carrie's informative opening voice-over, though there are the occasional tangy one-liners.

The subtle, spry, snappy fun of the first couple of seasons, is missing, as revisiting these smart, sexy, independent, and witty women feels like an over-accessorized sitcom. It's all about the production as the girls make New York often seem like a fantasy place. Look at the dimensions of a walk-in-closet lacks the magic of NYC. One really doesn't get that involved with the relational angst as it stays full-throttle in dress-up-mode in a way to somehow being prosaic. There's noticeable support from series regulars as played by Willie Garson, Mario Cantone, and Candice Bergen, but Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson stands out more as Carrie's wide-eyed eager assistant.

Essentially, here's the chance to see the girls back in town in the roles that they seem ideally situate in, especially Parker and Cattrall (apparently an obstacle in getting the film rolling). What may attract those who like the generous running time is the drama that the characters seem to engage in, especially in the area of forgiveness. Sex may succeed more on how friendships keep people like Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha going, than having that desired romantic bliss that everyone else seems to have. So, being in the big glamorous cities with them is hardly surprising and a bit sentimental when all is said and done. Yet some will be moved by more than the lush costuming and a big wedding.

  Frank Chris Jim Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Sex and the City  B+      C+      C   C+   B   C+ 

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