Fun outing for women -- Sex and the City

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STYLESPEAK: Sex and the City
STYLESPEAK: Sex and the City

Sex and the City

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Director: Michael Patrick King

Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth

Storyline: The four women pick up where the series left off, and learn about life after love.

Bottomline: Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte are fabulous as ever, even if the movie isn’t.

First things first: how do they look? The answer is fabulous. The four women of ‘Sex and the City’ don’t look much older than at the end of the show four years ago, and the fashion remains funkier and edgier than most things Hollywood. Fans of the show will be glad to know the clothes, handbags and, yes, the shoes, continue to have a starring role in the movie as well (in fact, a pair of Manolo Blahniks end up playing a pretty crucial role in a final reconciliation).

Unfortunately, the movie as a whole doesn’t fare as well. The fashion may have survived, but ‘Sex and the City’ has been Hollywood-ised in other ways — it aims for grand emotional drama at times and doesn’t quite make it, and it waters down some of the TV show’s trademark edginess with more chick-flick soppiness, which is rather unfortunate.

The story of four single women looking for love in New York City transforms into that of four women learning to live with love as the movie picks up where the show left off. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) plans her (what else) fabulous wedding with the love of her life, Mr. Big (Chris Noth), but things don’t go quite as planned.

Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) struggles with the strain of monogamy in her relationship with hunkalicious actor boyfriend Jerrod (Jason Lewis). Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Harry (Evan Handler) are doting parents to their adopted daughter but hope to have a child of their own, and Miranda Hobbes’ (Cynthia Nixon) marriage to the lovable Steve (David Eigenberg) is on the rocks after he admits that he strayed one night. Frankly, a lot of the relationship drama (especially Carrie’s and Miranda’s) comes across as rather contrived.

And the movie does tend to meander in the second half, taking its own time in resolving the issues, and introducing the rather unnecessary character of an African-American secretary for Carrie (what does she need a secretary for, you ask? Apparently to check her personal email and organise her shoes). However, this is also when the movie has its best moments, when the four ladies are allowed to be just themselves, which they do wonderfully well.

Watered down

Parker, Cattrall, Davis and Nixon slip back into their characters’ skin with ease and it’s great being reacquainted with them, girl-talk, one-liners, innuendos (though also watered down a bit), cosmos and all.

You get glimpses of recurring characters from the show, and even some of Carrie’s popular outfits (remember the little pale pink dress she wore in the title sequence?) when she clears out her closet.

In all, it’s a fun outing for all those women who loved the show for years. It may not be a great movie, but it’s worth watching just to meet up with Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte one more time.




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