Confession time: I was a fan of Sex and the City. While not someone who saw every single episode, I managed to forgive the show for a tacky first season and found myself caught up in the lives of writer Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), prim and proper Charlotte (the adorable Kristin Davis), no-nonsense Miranda (Cynthia Nixon, the show’s dramatic anchor) and socialite nymphomaniac Samantha (80’s mega-babe Kim Cattrall).
Those who felt the New York show was an empty, trendy celebration of materialism and carefree romance won’t have their minds changed after seeing the movie. Yet, like the series, the big laughs, sunny characters and surprisingly moving story revelations make this a rich diversion. The Rocky-like opening credits montage will fill in the uninitiated and the film is funny and certainly raunchy enough for guys.
The story deals with an ill-fated wedding that has the ladies pulling together, Carrie hiring a much-needed assistant (Jennifer Hudson, a nice addition) and the four dealing with the need to forgive those who’ve wronged them. Parker goes for broke, nakedly portraying her character’s emotional highs and lows, Davis has the biggest comic moments, Nixon the most dramatically demanding ones and Cattrall steals the film (and has a jewel of a moment where she spoon-feeds a friend numb with depression).
This naughty, campy big screen expansion is great fun, though is probably much longer than necessary. It feels like you’re watching three very-good episodes back-to-back.
The designer outfits and costumes are so over the top and wildly colorful, I felt at times like I was watching Speed Racer again. The fast-paced first hour plays like a commercial, with the clothing changes, trying-on-outfits montages, product placements and famous name-drops flying at you nearly non-stop.
The film is definitely the Big Event that long time fans of the series have hoped for. During a scene where Carrie observes her a huge clothing closet, the mostly female audience in the theater oohed and awed as though they were seeing the most amazing special effect of all time.
Possibly too vulgar to be a date movie (there’s even a toilet gag), the film still has plenty of laughs and heart in equal measure. MTW