#9: Sex and the City (2008)

Director: Michael Patrick King
Romantic Comedy
2h25min; R

⭐ ⭐

Even if you have never watched the HBO show from which it continues the chic and somewhat scandalous lives of four 30-somethings in contemporary Manhattan (also Brooklyn) you can watch Michael Patrick King’s Sex and the City. You will understand that a wedding is taking place but you won’t understand what it means for the characters on-screen and you certainly won’t understand what it means to people, primarily women, who have been watching the show since its 1998 beginnings. Having spent a chunk of last October-February watching the entire series I can understand why this stuff matters. And while it does matter, after having sat down with these characters for so long, I do have some quarrels.

Numero uno: This film is too damn long. Half an hour could have been shaved off easily, what with the montages of each character during the holidays along with the fashion shoot that goes on forever. Numero dos: That the film worked on tying up threads from the series left unfinished is a bit bothersome. I’m mainly talking about Charlotte’s baby and Samantha’s rocky relationship with Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis). These are things that might have been dealt with better in the series and for the most part make it feel as if you are just watching a 2 1/2 hour episode of the show. The film is merely a glossier version of the series.

Nothing has really changed that much for the gals. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) still loves fashion, still writes and still can be a bitchy pain in the ass when life requires it. Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) is still very conservative, exercises daily and loves her husband, the ever-Jewish Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler). Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) continues to be a Manhattan lawyer and a Brooklyn wife and mother while her husband Steve (David Eigenberg) still owns a bar. Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) still loves sex. Big (Chris Noth) is still a magnetically fun asshole. Nothing has changed and nothing really does. This is a film for the fans. If you haven’t watched the show, good luck. If you have stuck with the girls from the beginning and you need to know how everyone ended up, is it worth it? Abso-fucking-lutely.

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