City makes a successful transition to the big screen

Sex and the City

on May 30, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Carrie Bradshaw and Company finally make their way to the big screen and fans of the HBO series will be relieved that the gang doesn’t stumble too much through the transition. This movie will give female audiences a jolt of excitement in the same way that seeing Indiana Jones back in action will thrill male audiences this summer. City ’s obsessed fans will force their husbands and boyfriends to take them to see the flick before catching it another couple times in theatres with friends.

Working on the show for six seasons obviously forged a kind of unbreakable chemistry between the four main actresses: Sarah Jessica Parker (as Carrie), Kim Cattrall (as Samantha), Kristin Davis (as Charlotte) and Cynthia Nixon (as Miranda). They all seem very comfortable and at home in these roles and it’s obvious they had a lot of fun on and off camera.

It would be unfair to reveal the plot even though the trailer has gone a long way in doing just that. Needless to say, there is no shortage of drama surrounding the lives of these four women. Their friendships are tested, the men in their lives cause them grief and there are plenty of cocktails to go around.

Despite what male audiences may think, City is not a complete indictment of our kind. It’s refreshing to watch a film that is in tune with the way women think and feel without reducing its male characters to one-dimensional, Lifetime stereotypes.

Mr. Big, the on-again-off-again love interest of Carrie, and Miranda’s husband Steve play the most prominent male roles in the film. Yes, they are guilty of stupid actions but their mistakes come from a very human place rather than existing as contrivances designed to provide a reason for the girls to complain. Male audiences will notice the good and bad in themselves onscreen, which will give them something to ponder and despite their best efforts, they will be engaged.

Other than a bloated running time, the film suffers from the unnecessary presence of Jennifer Hudson. Hudson plays Louise, a go-getter from St. Louis (Get it? Maybe after the 1,678th reference you will…) who moved to New York to “fall in love” and ends up working as an assistant to Carrie. Hudson’s role doesn’t take off and both she and the story are ultimately to blame for this failure to launch. Hudson’s character is really more of a catalyst to Carrie than a flesh-and-blood creation and she injects a little too much giddiness into the performance.

Distributor: New Line
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Candice Bergen, Jennifer Hudson, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Mario Cantone, Lynn Cohen, Willie Garson
Writer/Director: Michael Patrick King
Producers: Michael Patrick King, Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Star, John Melfi
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Running time: 145 min.
Release date: May 30

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