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June 4, 2008
FILM REVIEW: Good
Execution, No Sap for Sex and the City
For me, it is impossible to give an objective, isolated movie review for
the recently released movie, Sex and the City, which grossed an
impressive $55 million its first weekend. And this is for two reasons.
First, I’ve seen every episode of Sex and the City, most of them
multiple times, which makes it quite impossible to watch the movie
without getting sucked in as though it were simply a continuation of
Second, I simply cannot discuss the qualities of the show or film, ever,
without giving some attention to the show’s morality. Suffice it to say
that, despite the show’s ultimate reverence for fiercely loyal
friendship, its relentless pursuit of lasting romantic relationships
and, specifically, the movie’s ultimate theme of forgiveness – all three
extremely valuable ideals – one idea this show repeatedly conveys is
that having sex with many different people is natural, normal and even a
pays very little attention to the consequences of sexual intimacy, even
though it is one of the show’s primary themes. Without getting too
preachy, this is an incredibly harmful message. And while this doesn’t
discount the positives, I wouldn’t want my kids to watch the show until
they were about 80, at which point it might be OK.
wife, who I hold responsible for getting me hooked on the show, figured
it would be a pretty good idea to get dressed up for the movie, which I
did because I love her. But don’t think for a minute I felt any classier
than the people who dress up as Chewbacca or Gandalf for their
respective obsessions. Once in the theater (about 40 minutes early),
there was a guy sitting next to me and I had to ask him if he was
alone. It’s not as though guys don’t want to see the movie. But none of
us actually has the guts to admit it, which is probably why in a theater
of a few hundred people, there were about 12 men. He actually was
waiting for his wife, but admitted to being a fan of the show, which
prompted me to admit that I was also a big fan, and now we’re shopping
Finally, concerning the movie itself, it was very good. I highly doubt
any positive review will tip the scale for any fan of the show toward
seeing it or not, because they’ve already seen it every day since its
release. But even if you haven’t seen the show and you’re wondering,
“What’s the big deal?” I’d recommend the movie because not only will it
answer your question, but you’ll also enjoy yourself.
The strongest characters are Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Miranda
(Cynthia Nixon), the funniest and most heart-warming is Charlotte
(Kristin Davis), and also funny – but probably the weakest acting –
comes from Samantha (Kim Catrall). Unsurprisingly, Parker has seen the
biggest share of work outside the show because she is such a compelling
and intelligent actress. She seems capable of selling anything, and any
emotion, and usually you’ll love her for it even if she’s wrong.
One strategy the writers craftily used in the show was to exhibit the
most important male character, Mr. Big (Chris Noth), sparingly. His
presence is always one of a giant, and the show is certainly the better
for it. And I was very glad they used the same strategy for the movie.
Less is more, even with a guy named Big.
Without giving too much away, the writers avoided tight, happy endings
on every front, which was also smart. Their reason is that some people
are just too selfish for a relationship, which usually leads to a stale
one. Sad, but true.
The movie has plenty of fashion, which will obviously appease those who
watch the show for that very reason. It even harkens back to fashions
from some of the earliest episodes, poking fun at how silly they looked,
which I also appreciated – as long as they realize the styles in the
movie will look equally ridiculous in about a year, considering the
accelerating rate of fashion changes. (I gave up long ago, and my only
hope is my wife and mother-in-law, who have yet to give up on me.)
The movie, like the show, is witty and funny with a big heart, which all
fans have come to expect. Like I said, leave the kids at home, but even
if you consider yourself a Sopranos exclusivist to the end and
are just a little curious, it’s worth checking out. And if you’re one of
the Sex and the City fans who is paranoid about seeing the movie
because you’re concerned it will disappoint you and taint your overall
impression of everything SATC, get over it and see it. I can
almost assure you that you’ll leave the theater with the same
butterflies you had when you learned Mr. Big’s real name at the end of
Season Six (and I’m not just talking to the ladies).
Sex and the City Fans: Five out of Five stars
Everyone else: Four out of Five
guess that makes the average four and a half stars.)
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