“ Genre: Television - Sex and the City / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Director: Michael Patrick King / Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Catrall, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth ... / DVD released 2008-09-22 at Entertainment in Video / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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I was a massive fan of the Sex and the City show, so I was very excited when I heard rumours of a film. I couldn't persuade any of my friends to come to the cinema with me, so I bought the dad on the day of release, which turned out to be faulty. Finally, a few days later, I was able to sit down and watch the film. But was it worth it?
I'm sure that Sex and the City needs no introduction to most people. Even if you have never watched the show, most people are aware of the characters and what the show was about.
This film was released in 2008, 4 years after the final episodes of the HBO show. There is a nod back to the show in the scene where Carrie is modelling her tutu outfit from the show's opening sequence.
The film aims to update the viewer on the lives of the girls in the four years that have passed since we last saw them.
Miranda is living in Brooklyn with her husband Steve and their son Brady.
Charlotte is still happily in love with Harry and their adopted daughter Lily.
There are big changes in Samantha's life. She has relocated to Los Angeles to support her partner Smith, who is now a Hollywood superstar. Though, she does miss her old life and tries to fly back to New York whenever she can.
Probably the biggest and most surprising change is that Carrie is still with Big and we see them planning their wedding. It seems that all the girls have found their own happy ending. But happy endings aren't always the end of things.
Things haven't been right between Steve and Miranda but she is devastated when he confesses that he has been having an affair. She angrily throws him out but he makes an attempt at reconciliation at Big and Carrie's wedding rehearsal dinner. She then, while still angry at Steve, that marriage ruins everything. Though it may have been a throwaway comment, Big Panics and skips the wedding. Carrie is devastated, but her friends convince her to go to what would have been her honeymoon with them, so that she can lick her wounds away from New York.
Upon returning to New York, Carrie realises that she needs an assistant to help her with all her work commitments. After a few disastrous interviews, she meets Louise from St Louis. They click instantly, and Louise promises to keep the undesirables (i.e. Big) away from her. Louise becomes more than just an assistant though, and she teaches Carrie to believe in love again.
While Carrie is trying to get her life back on track, the other girls have their own issues to deal with. Miranda is trying to work through things with Steve, Samantha is bored of her relationship and comfort eats to stop herself from cheating and while Charlotte is ecstatic that she is pregnant, she is also terrified.
After a confrontation with Big, Charlotte's waters unexpected break, Big rushes her to hospital and becomes an unlikely ally. He confesses his feelings for Carrie, but is it too late?
I really enjoyed this film. While I was a fan of the show anyway, it was nice to get an update on the characters. While some of the storylines are similar to some of those in the TV series, I felt that they did transfer well to the movie format. One scene that stands out for me is the scene where Carrie is looking into the mirror in Mexico. Wearing no makeup, you can see the pain and hurt on her face, and this speaks more to me than any amount of words. It was brave to show the actress so vulnerable, but I feel that this scene works well.
This is a feel good film with a happy, if slightly cliched ending, but I can't imagine any other way that the film could end. I think that if you liked the show, you'll like the film. It is a real chick flick, but then again, I don't know many men who liked the show either. It is definitely one for any SATC fans to watch.
Watching every single episode on television of Sex in the city I was so excited to hear that this film was being released in 2008 way after the series had come to an all to soon end for me.
Film Only Review:
So we're back in New York thee years on to catch up with the lives and loves of the fab four Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha. Plenty has changed in the passing years though true friendship hasn't of course and even though Carrie is now living with Big (who's real name we now find out is John for the first time!), Charlotte is still married and has an adopted little girl called Lilly, Miranda is married to Steve with their son in Brooklyn and Samantha now lives in L.A with an up and coming tv star who is her toyboy and rather gorgeous they still are of course in constant contact!
Carrie and 'Big' find the perfect apartment and trouble starts in Carries mind when she realises that if it doesn't work out between them she could end up with nothing and in her 40's and in the end the pair decide rather unromantically to get married to give her security and a claim to things if it all goes belly up. However the whole thing turns into a circus with the guest list going from 75 people to over 200, a Westwood designer dress being given to her and the second hand suit that Carrie was going to be wear being forgotten all about. Miranda finds out her marriage is on the rocks and at the dinner the night before she tells Big that he's mad to consider getting married and that things will go wrong which gives him the jitters as this is his third wedding!
Not unsurprisingly Carrie gets jilted at the alter, the honeymoon is already booked and Samantha arranges them all to go their on a girls only holiday with Carrie of course heartbroken. Then time follows and Samantha wonders if there's more to life than being a housewife to Smith and whether there is more to her existencea dn she's wanting some fun all over again with other men as she used to, Miranda is forced to look at who she is and why her marriage is ending, Charlotte receives some wonderful news but starts to panic things will go wrong for her and Carrie...well has to readjust to being approaching 40 and being single again and with the help of a new personal assistant, Louis from St Louis gets her life for once organised. However like the other ladies she is forced to look at her past mistakes as well and to try to carve out a new life for herself.
Is there a happy ending for our favourite ladies. Is there more to life than friendship and does true love exist? Watch this and the answer may follow!
I have watched this film over and over and its true to say that I love it. Sex And The City Movie is a complete, longer episode in a way of The Sex In The City episodes/series. The soundtrack is superb, the locations are great including Mexico where they holiday and of course whether you like it or not there's the fashion....and the shoes!
The acting is superb though and the girls are fabulous and in this film I do feel that Sarah Jessica Parker put in an amazing and convincing performance of Carrie, maybe one I hadn't ever seen from her in any of the single episodes before even.
The chemistry between the ladies is fab, the sex scenes, though few and far between in this one are steamy, the language....well naughty at times. The main thing about this film is that it is a feel good one about true love and friendship, one that most of us never find and I love it!
Rated 15 and with a runtime of 145 minutes.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I never really got into watching Sex and The City when it was on telly, and it was only when I house sat for my parents once when they were on holiday, and my sister left me her box sets to watch, that I kind of got what the whole series was about. The film for me was something that I had no burning desire to queue up and see when it came out in the cinema back in 2008, but I added it to my lovefilm list, and it appeared a couple of months back to watch.
This was a film I watched on my own, as my husband just refused to watch it. It is definitely a really girly film, and one for fans of the TV series. While the plot would hardly be described as difficult to pick up, it was better for having some knowledge of the relationships between the characters and the interactions they shared over many years of the show. However, it would be watchable with no knowledge, it just might take a little while to work out what is going on.
The plot is really a continuation of what the series was about but just a few years into the future, with the theme being relationships between men and women, and friendship in any circumstance. There was still the high fashion that made the original show such a success, alongside the New York skyline.
The 4 main characters are 4 women who have been friends for almost forever, and it follows the events that happen as the main character is planning her wedding.
The main character, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), is still writing for a newspaper, and still in a relationship with Mr Big, played by Chris Noth. Mr Big has been Carrie's love interest on and off throughout the TV series, and here we see the couple firstly move in together, and then decide to get married, at which point Carrie becomes a bit of a Bridezilla trying to create the perfect fashionable New York High Society wedding.
Her friends are all living the life they could only dream of, but they are not necessarily happy. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is now living in LA with her younger partner, Smith. In the series, Samantha was always a bit promiscuous, but when she got breast cancer, Smith stood by her, so now she is living a life of domesticity supporting his film career. However, the LA life is not all she was expecting and is making her miserable, and she uses Carrie's dramas as a way to escape her own life by hopping on a plane to New York whenever she can.
Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) is married to her husband Steve, and finding it hard to balance work with raising a family and having a proper family relationship. Her rock solid relationship is on the edge after an infidelity, and this bitters Miranda's view on marriage, and has some effect on the thoughts of Carrie and Mr Big.
Charlotte is still blissfully happy married to her soulmate Harry Goldenblatt. They are overjoyed with their adoptive daughter, Lily, whose 3 year old presence adds some humour to the infamous sex talks that the girls have when they get together, having to speak in codes to avoid her repeating their chatter.
The element of 'will they or won't they' that propelled each episode of the TV show is there in abundance here. Will Carrie and Big actually manage to make it down the aisle? Will Samantha stay miserable out of a sense of loyalty to stay with Smith? Will Miranda and Steve have any luck at working through their problems?
I found that this film for me was a good mix of drama and comedy, most of the comedy coming from my knowledge of how the characters behave in certain situations. I found I could have cried alongside them at certain scenes, and I had fits of nostalgia at some scenes, for example when Carrie is moving out of her appartment, she has to declutter, and she has a little fashion show for the girls modelling some of her outfits worn throughout the show.
I really liked the character of Louise, Carrie's personal assistant that she hires to sort her life out. She is played by Jennifer Hudson, who is another very talented and attractive actress, and she fit well with the original cast as a sounding board for Carrie when she is going through her traumas. Her relative youth compared to the main cast provides a breath of fresh air.
The fashion is fantastic as always, from the fashion show the girls attend together, to the wonderful fashion shoot Carrie does in designer bridal wear for a magazine. The Vivienne Westwood wedding dress was so stunning. Sarah Jessica Parker is sometimes a bit too masculine looking for my liking with her lean boyish figure and prominent nose, but she looked amazing in this outfit.
The soundtrack was also a bit of a girl fest, with tracks like Duffy's Mercy, The Look of Love by Nina Simone, Endless Love by Lionel Ritchie and Dianna Ross, mixed with more up tempo tracks like Run DMC's Walk This Way while Carrie puts on her impromptu fashion show. It could have been a bit cheesy, but overall worked well.
I found myself really enjoying this film a lot more than I expected I would. I am glad that I waited a bit longer to watch it, as I found myself feeling really nostalgic and this definitely aided my enjoyment. It is the sort of film you can watch alone or in a gaggle of girls, and I kind of wish I had watched it with my sister so we could have had a bit of a reminis afterwards.
I'm pretty sure that not everyone will like and appreciate this film, but I found it a good dose of bubblegum and a good pick me up.
If anyone has watched the series of Sex and the City they will love this movie! I had seen some episodes before and when I was looking for chick flick movies I thought I'd try this film. It took me about 3 months to actually get round to watching it but I finally did, and I loved it. I cried through a lot of it as I thought it was really upsetting. After watching this I decided to properly watch the series and bought the box set.
This film is about 4 ladies... mainly one though. Carrie - who is the ain character. A fourty-something woman who has finally finished dating when she finally ties the knot with Mr Big. The other main characters are Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. Samantha is the slutty one but very respectable. In this film she has settled down with one man which is unlike her. But she starts to care too much about him and she doesnt want that. She wants to love herself more than anyone else. Miranda is the indipendant woman who loves work. In this film her husband cheats on her after she has been too busy to get intimate with her partner. What will happen for them? Charlotte is the good one, the one who really believes in true love. In the film she finally gets pregnent even though she is challenged in that area.
This movie is great! Its quite long but its one of those films you could watch over and over again. I truely enjoy watching it. Dont forget to watch the second movie!!
Love this film.
I always loved the tv series so had to see this straight away when it came out and I wasn't disappointed.
The film starts off after some time has passed between the end of the series and the start of the film and we get to see what Carrie, Charlotte, Samanta and Miranda are up to. The story really focuses on Carrie and Big's relationship as they are buying a place together and they decide to get married. The wedding which was supposed to be small and intimate turns into a huge affair and on the day Big cannot do it and so doesn't turn up. Whilst this is going on we also see Samantha struggling with her relationship with Smith as she lives in LA and it is not really the life for her. Miranda and Steve are not getting along and her relationship too ends up breaking down. Charlotte is really happy with her little adopted girl in the film and then finds out she is pregnant naturally.
This film is so good and is even better than the tv series. Of course the clothes and accessories as you would expect are amazing and it is really fun to watch all the different outfits Carrie wears and her wedding dress is gorgeous.
All the actors in this film are great and are very believable. I particularly think Sarah Jessica Parker is excellent in this film especially in the scenes after her wedding as she truly does look absolutely heartbroken and you really feel like this has happened to her and it really makes you feel like you are involved in the film.
It is not all doom and gloom in this film though and there are lots of happy moments and of course the girls always have each other. The soundtrack is great too and the music suits the scenes.
What a fabulous girly film. I would definately recommend it 100%.
I watched this film never having been a Sex and the City fan, and never having watched any of the episodes. There had been so much publicity around the series that I finally succumbed, and before I even started watching it I knew all the characters names and roughly what their personality was like. That meant I didn't really have to play catch up, but the movie was pretty self explanatory and I didn't feel like I needed to have seen the series.
The movie tells the story of four women living in New York City. The main character, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, is Carrie Bradshaw and she works as a writer, who writes modern day articles of interest to women and some men regarding sex lifes and related things. This is where the name Sex and the City comes from.
The other characters are Samantha, who is sex crazy and you can never imagine settling down. Miranda the lawyer who is incredibly cynical and tight lipped. Last but not least Charlotte, who is the tamest and sweetest with a settled husband and an adopted baby.
The film tell sthe tale of their modern life and opinions and follows the stories of the four individual characters which obviously intertwine and come together when they need each others support and just a good old gossip in life!
The film is special for me based on their unique view points, their witty comments and their love for shoes and clothes. Viewers love their special friendship which has weathered the test of time. Another reason I think this is so popular is because it has something everyone can relate to.
Without giving too much vital information away, the film tells the story of whether or not Carrie will settle down with and Marry her Mr Big. It tells whether Samantha will ever settle down and truely not get bored of anyone, and whether Miranda can inject some passion into her life. The film also tells the story of Charlottes desire to expand her family.
The film is a true girly, girl film, but without the silly bits which drive men insane. The film is warm, light hearted and funny. It is easy to watch and nothing to serious, perfect for a girls night in with your friends, or curled up in your pyjamas by yourself!
-Film Only Review-
I finally watched Sex and The City: The Movie a few days ago. I absolutely loved the series from the moment I first watched it but just never got round to watching the film. I really wanted to wait for a girl's night in to watch it but there never seemed a good time, so I finally decided to watch it by myself last weekend.
-About the series-
For those few people that don't know, Sex and The City was a television programme adapted from a novel by Candace Bushnell, aired from 1999 to 2004, about four single, successful women in their late twenties to late thirties, living in New York; Carrie, the main character (Sarah Jessica Parker) who writes a weekly column about herself and her friends, her closest friend Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), a cynical lawyer, Charlotte (Kristin Davis), the youngest of the group, sweet and romantic, and Samantha (Kim Catrall), the oldest, and a serial maneater.
The series intimately followed their ups and downs in the love department and in their careers. It was usually aired after 10pm because of the graphic sex scenes and swearing. Never before had such a popular programme been so daring in its depictions of life. It attracted quite a lot of controversy when it was first shown but nowadays it is regarded as quite tame compared to the programmes being made now, such as Skins which contains as much sex and swearing as SATC except instead of watching grown men and women, you get to watch adolescents at it! I've never watched an episode.
Anyway, back to the story. The movie was released in 2008 and is thankfully a continuation of the series. Throughout the five years the programme was shown, us SATC fans watched the love story between Carrie and her on-off boyfriend, Mr. Big, with baited breath. Mr. Big is pretty much every woman's fantasy. He's tall, dark, handsome, incredibly rich and successful and very, very cool. He gets driven around in a limo everywhere and often when Carrie was walking home at night, he appeared out of nowhere in his limo and offered her a lift.
At the beginning of the series, we saw Carrie's first introduction with him, and we saw their relationship blossom from friendship to lovers. Their chemistry was amazing. Unfortunately he'd been married twice before and had serious committment issues and finished with Carrie, breaking her heart and attracting hatred from Samantha and Miranda. Charlotte, being an old romantic never gave up on Big, even throughout the series when he would reappear, reignite his relationship with Carrie and then disappear again, and disrupt her attempts at trying to find a new love.
However, at the very, very end of the series in 2004, Mr. Big finally had an epiphany and realised Carrie was the one. But was it too late? She had met a Russian artist and moved to Paris to be with him, despite the rocky foundations of their relationship. Luckily, this was Mr. Big, and nothing would stand in the way of him getting his girl. He promptly flew to Paris, tracked down Carrie, declared his undying love for her and brought her back to New York to be with him and her best friends.
-About the film-
Like I said, the film is a continuation of the series. Not only does it star the original four main cast members, it also has Carrie's gay best friend Stanford and Charlotte's gay best friend Anthony.
The story picks up three years from when it left off. Carrie and Big are buying an apartment, and Carrie wants to put all of her money and equity towards it to ensure she gets legal rights to it. Big, being very rich, tells her not to worry about it. The girls think that she should have equal rights to the property, so she puts her foot down and says that because her and Big aren't married, she wouldn't have any rights. This prompts Big to casually ask if she'd like to marry him, leading to possibly one of the cutest and funniest scenes that sum up the whole series.
Mr. Big: Would you want to get married?
Carrie Bradshaw: Well, I didn't, didn't think that was an option.
Mr. Big: What if it was an option?
Carrie Bradshaw: Why? What? Do you want to get married?
Mr. Big: I wouldn't mind being married to you. Would you mind being married to me?
Carrie Bradshaw: No, no, not, not if that's what you wanted. I mean, is, is that what you want?
Mr. Big: I want you. So, ok.
Carrie Bradshaw: So really, we're, we're getting married?
Mr. Big: We're getting married. Should we get you a diamond?
Carrie Bradshaw: No. No. Just get me a really big closet.
But will Carrie and Big make it up the aisle? She's 40 years old and working for Vogue magazine she is constantly reminded that time is running out for her to be the fairytale, blushing bride. Miranda's married to Steve but their marriage seems to have gone stale. Will their love survive? Samantha is surprisingly still with Smith, but his acting career has really taken off, meaning he doesn't have much time for her anymore, leaving her sexually and emotionally frustrated. Will their love survive. Charlotte's life is perfect. She is happily married to Harry, the nicest guy of the bunch, and their adopted daughter is now three.
Well, in case it wasn't already obvious, I loved this film. And not just because it was one of my favourite tv programmes and not beause it's a chick flick! I might be a girl but I'm still a discerning film-buff.
First off, as demonstrated above, on the whole, the script is great. They've worked out a great storyline for a sequel to the series. Some of it felt like it was trying too hard to match the feel of the series, and some of it felt like it was rushed, but overall, it's every bit as great as the series. The dialogue is witty and punchy, the characters are the same, there's enough of both drama and comedy in the film, just like the series.
The acting is just as good as the series. I always felt that Cynthia Nixon's acting was the best on the show and she didn't disappoint me in the film. Her performance is so real, so natural. I don't know if you can recall the episode "My motherboard, my self", where Miranda's mother died but I cried so much at that episode. I was so touched by her sympathetic and real portrayal of a woman who's lost her mother.
Jennifer Hudson was a great addition to the cast as Carrie's new PA. She's a great actress and I loved her character. I love that they cast her in the film despite her humble beginnings as a contestant on American Idol.
On the whole, the film has a great feelgood factor to it and is great to watch if you're feeling low. One of the reasons I enjoyed the series was the pure escapism; fantisising about having that lifestyle.
It's a great chick flick and perfect for fans of the series. My advice would be to have something yummy to binge on whilst watching. I had peanut butter!
Michael Patrick King
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Carrie Bradshaw
Kim Cattrall ... Samantha Jones
Kristin Davis ... Charlotte York
Cynthia Nixon ... Miranda Hobbes
Chris Noth ... Mr. Big
Candice Bergen ... Enid Frick
Jennifer Hudson ... Louise
David Eigenberg ... Steve Brady
Evan Handler ... Harry Goldenblatt
Jason Lewis ... Smith Jerrod
Mario Cantone ... Anthony Marentino
Lynn Cohen ... Magda
Willie Garson ... Stanford Blatch
Joanna Gleason ... Therapist
Joseph Pupo ... Brady Hobbes
Runtime 145 minutes (quite long but every minute is worth it)
Sorry about the length, hope you enjoyed my review/found it helpful
At last , I finally managed to see the first Sex and The City movie ; something I have been wanting to see ever since it came out , even though I wasn't sure if I would like it not. However , after seeing that the DVD was selling for just £5 in Sainsburys the other day, I couldn't help but put a copy in my trolley.
For those of you who don't know , Sex and The City , the movie , is based on the American television series of the same name. The movie which comes under the comedy drama genre was released in the United Kingdom back in 2008. Directed by Michael Patrick King , the film stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Catrall as well as a few other stars. The DVD is a 15 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of fifteen. Amazon are selling the DVD for 1p less than what I bought it for , at £4.99.
The four best friends are back ; this time they're older, wiser and more experienced. Will Carrie get the wedding of her dreams ? Watch Sex and The City ; The Movie to find out!
I have never watched the television series , although I thought that the movie looked good , and so when I saw that the DVD was selling for just £5 in Sainsburys , I couldn't help but put a copy in my trolley , despite understanding that I may not understand it all , because I hadn't got to know the characters and so on , from watching the televison show. Although , now after watching the movie , I can honestly say that to understand the movie you don't have to have seen the series , and I absolutely loved it , and wished that I had seen the series on television now , as I have been missing out big time.
I loved the plot of the movie ; it was so unreal yet there was something realistic about it. The actors really played their parts well , and so the movie came across as believeable. At times , I really felt for the characters , especially Carrie and also one of the women's husbands. Overall a great storyline which was well thought out!
I loved the characters ; they were so free and full of life that it is hard to believe that they were in their forties , especially the main character Carrie. I thought that they were a great bunch of characters , even if a couple of them were a bit too much 'to the point' , although all of the women were likeable. I remember reading about all the hype about the movie in magazines , and thinking from what I was reading , how 'bitchy' it all seemed and how 'miserable and bitchy' the actresses looked , and so when I watched the movie , I was expecting the characters to be all mean and nasty about eachother ; but friendship wise , it was probably one of the sweetests movies ever (apart from all the honesty!) , as all the friends looked after eachother and were there for eachother. I always used to dislike the actress Sarah Jessica Parker (No offence) , although the character Carrie was my favourite in the whole movie , and I have now become a big fan of the actress too. One character which I really didn't like was 'Big' ; I couldn't understand why Carrie liked him and stayed with him , because , (bearing in mind I don't really know the background to their relationship as I have yet to see the television series) , he always seemed so distant and cold towards Carrie ,and he was the kind of character who if he was a real person , you would be quite scared of , as you wouldn't know if he was laughing or joking.
I loved the humour in this movie ; lots of funny one liners and even a couple of really funny scenes ; such as when one of the characters 'doesn't get to the toilet in time' , so funny , especially as it is not the kind of character that you would expect to get caught out.
Although I really loved this movie , I couldn't help but feel that it was a little long. In a way , I am glad that it was long because I loved it so much , and it also meant that everything was explained fully without having to rush the movie to keep the 'timing down'. I really enjoyed it , but , I did get a bit fed up watching the movie for over two hours ; it's not that the movie is long and boring , believe me it's not , it's just that it seemed a long time sitting there , that in the end even though I was loving what I was seeing , I was a bit like 'oh my, when is this going to finish'. So , if you are planning on watching this , I would recommend that you have a couple of hours free , otherwise you will end up watching this in two sittings.
If you are a girlie girl , then you will absolutely love this movie ; it's full of glamour and gossip. It's almost like an adult's 'fairytale film' (with adult problems of course).The main characters are a great bunch of women ; as a viewer you feel as though , you are a part of the group ; as though you are a 'silent' member of the group. It really makes you wish that you had such a close knit group of friends like that.
I would definately recommend this movie. I loved it so much , I am now going to see Sex and The City 2 in the cinema tommorrow night (only a couple of days after seeing the first movie).
Thanks for reading!
June 30th 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
After avoiding most girlie films for the past two years my fiance agreed to treat me to copy of Sex & The City: The Movie to watch after a football match with a nice bowl of popcorn. We paid £3.00 for a copy of this film and it is available online for various prices with Amazon offering it for £4.99 at present so just ensure you shop around to find the best deal, ours was purchased in HMV.
Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker)
Samantha (Kim Cattrall)
Charlotte (Kristin Davis)
Miranda (Cynthia Nixon)
Plot: Four women of New York are the best of friends and spend most of their time gossiping about men, sex, shoes & handbags. Each of the women has a different personality and is travelling in a slightly different direction in life. Whether they are about to marry the man of their dreams or divorce the man they thought was the one there is something in each and every character that most people may be able to relate to or sympathise with. Throughout the film we see the dilemmas that each of the women goes through as well as some of the fabulous outfits, accessories and advice that the friends can offer one another.
I feel that this film continues fantastically well from the Sex & The City series but it does so in a way that if you have never seen any of the episodes before you are able to enjoy the film and still understand everything that is happening. Also, if you are a diehard fan you won't be bored while Carrie is talking through the lifes and loves of the women to keep the non-viewing Sex & The City audience up to speed with everything that has happened that is relevant to the film. I love some of the lines in this film and from the opening few lines I knew that this film was going to keep me occupied and laughing throughout. I was quite surprised with how sad some of the film felt and there were moments when I could almost feel a little tear forming in my eye. I could really empathise with the characters throughout the film and some of the emotions that they were experiencing.
I love the settings for the film and there was some fantastic scenes with beautiful scenery and beautiful outfits. It is fair to say that it feels like the girls are moving forward in some respects in their lifes but in others they are just the same down & dirty girls that have been on our screens for years. There are some scenes that I wanted to last forever but at times the film did feel a little bit slow. I found that it took a little bit of time for the film to really come in to it's own but by the end of it I was engrossed in finding out what was next for the girls and I am now finding myself looking forward to seeing Sex & The City 2.
The film running time is 139 minutes and the DVD was released on 22nd September 2008, this DVD features additional theatrical commentary from Director Michael Patrick King but as I did not use this I cannot comment on the quality of this.
I have been hearing about the TV series for a long long time but never got the time and energy to get its DVDs and watch it. So when I heard about the movie, I thought it would be a great idea to watch the movie. Here is I found the movie.
New York the city is known for its high life, thats what the movie is about. Four friends, rich and manicured from top to toe (except for Miranda, played by Cynthis Nixon, who is too busy with her job to do all the beauty thing, still looks too pretty for her age though), going around the city doing their thing.
Sarah Jessica Parker is as good of an actress as she's beautiful. The movie is more or less her stories, with the rest of the characters supporting her lines. I particularly liked her sense of humor (which was scripted of course), but it seemed so real, she seems to be perfect for her role. Her boyfriend Mr.Big, played by Chris Noth, also has the personality of an established middle aged man who deserves a girlfriend as sane and pretty as Carrie (Sarah).
The other three girlfriends do get a share of the movie's time for their story. Which even though makes the movie more interesting, specially for those who followed the series, but made the movie two long.
Jeniffer Hudson, the American Idol sensation, does a great job with her short role in the movie and proves herself as a good actor, we all know about her singing skills already.
I liked the movie, but I wouldn't wanna watch it again. But I really am looking forward to part 2.
Most of us will at least know of the sex and the city series, I was in my teens when it first started so I never really paid that much attention to it although over the years ive managed to catch enough episodes to understand what its all about and familiarise myself with the characters etc. The series finished in 2004 and this film was released in the UK in 2008.
** The Plot **
Carrie and Big have decided to move in together and as part of that commitment Big asks Carrie to marry him. All her friends, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha, are ecstatic with the news and all pitch in to ensure their friend has the greatest wedding ever. However what initially was meant to be a small, intimate ceremony, soon turns into, what Big describes as, a circus, and he soon starts to get second thought about the whole thing. It's a classic case of will they, wont they?...
** The Cast **
Sarah Jessica Parker plays New York Times Columnist and Fashion Icon Carrie Bradshaw.
Chris Noth plays Mr. Big (aka John Preston), Carries on off "man friend."
Kim Cattrall plays sex obsessed Samantha Jones.
Kristen Davis plays sweet, reliable Charlotte York.
Cynthia Nixon plays Strong willed Miranda Hobbes.
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** Price and Availability **
I have seen this film for sale in the major supermarkets although it is cheaper online at places such as Amazon etc, and retails from approximately £2.93 (new). However if you don't fancy buying the movie it is still available to rent.
** My Opinion **
I have heard quite a few bad things about this film and have read a couple of negative reviews, however I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I liked that this film wasn't predictable, you expect everything to be rosy, not really thinking that that wouldn't make a good film. The film is very much like the sex and the city's episodes, just much longer, the film lasts for what seems like an eternity, I think it is just under 2hrs long (great if you're a sex and the city fan, not so great if you have been forced to watch it) although I don't think it dragged.
I think the film starts off well, reintroducing you to the characters and a little bit about what they are doing at the moment, the main storyline obviously centres around Carrie and Bigs engagement and wedding, however its good that the other characters have some significant events within the film.
I found this film very humorous, I think that most of the characters have a humour to them, especially Samantha, who is played by Cattrall, I think she gave an amazing performance within this film, because Sarah Jessica Parker is the main character I think the others get over looked, if Cattrall wasn't involved in this film I don't think it would have been any where near as good as it was, after all she provides the "sex" in the city.
I think the film is primarily aimed at women as I don't think men would get quite the same effect from the characters and the humour or the whole thing about the perfect wedding etc although I think most guys could easily relate to Big and his reservations.
I think all the cast acted well, I cant think of one moment in the film where I thought it was unrealistic, the filming was equally as good and at times quite dramatic.
This film can be summed up as a dramatic, romantic comedy, im not actually that keen on Sarah Jessica Parker but she did well in this film and played the part with a lot of emotion which is evident to the viewer.
I was surprised and joyful to see Jennifer Hudson in this film, acting as Carrie's assistant, she also acted very well and her character was easy to empathise with.
Overall I would give this film 4/5 but im not sure that non sex and the city fans would agree and it does go on for some time.
Big (Chris Noth) and Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) move in to a swanky new apartment in New York and decide, rather business like, to get married. What starts out as a small wedding grows into a huge one. While Carrie is organising her wedding, her friend Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is trying to find herself in LA, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is still hoping to have her own child and Miranda's (Cynthia Nixon) relationship with Steve (David Eigenberg) is in trouble.
Written and directed by Michael Patrick King, Sex and the City is a movie follow on from the TV series of the same name that ran from 1998-2004.
I wasn't a huge fan of the TV show, I watched a couple of seasons and found it entertaining but never really had the urge to watch the whole thing. This left me wanting to see the film but kind of thinking it was just a way of making money off of an old idea. Sadly the movie isn't particularly enjoyable and was a bit boring.
At 145 minutes the film drags on, it's like a really drawn out episode. There are plenty of scenes that seem like filler and the plot isn't exactly thrilling. The major issue I have with the film is that it is completely focussed on Carrie, the other 'main' three characters are hardly given anything to go on. Their plot threads are so slight and rather unimportant to the film you wonder why they bothered turning up (the money perhaps).
Sarah Jessica Parker is not my favourite actress, at all. In my humble opinion, she has little talent, cannot pull off the outfits she's required to wear in SATC and to top it off, she has bad hair. So a film based pretty much solely on her is not what I wanted. If you are a big fan of the Carrie-Big relationship you will probably love the movie, if you're not fussed about it like me then you won't be so impressed. I prefer the other characters who are sadly pushed to the background in the movie.
Kim Cattrall pops up to put the sex into Sex and the City and then just complains about how LA isn't New York. Charlotte and Miranda are just there, wasted. A more balanced plot could have filled the time much better and given a more interesting end product. It's no wonder the lead actresses don't have a brilliant relationship, they are hardly equals.
The supporting characters are exactly as they are in the TV show. Jennifer Hudson is a new addition as Carrie's assistant Louise, she doesn't put in a brilliant performance. Kind of lazy, she didn't bring any life to the character whatsoever.
Overall the film is a cash in. Trying to squeeze some more money out of a concept that was done and dusted a few years back now. There is more product placement than you can shake a stick at and more bad jokes than I can stand. Disappointing movie adaptation.
Sarah Jessica Parker - Carrie Bradshaw
Kim Cattrall - Samantha Jones
Kristin Davis - Charlotte York
Cynthia Nixon - Miranda Hobbes
Chris Noth - Mr. Big
Candice Bergen - Enid Frick
Jennifer Hudson - Louise
David Eigenberg - Steve Brady
Evan Handler - Harry Goldenblatt
Jason Lewis - Jerry 'Smith' Jerrod
Mario Cantone - Anthony Maren
Willie Garson - Stanford Blatch
Runtime 145 mins / 151 mins (extended edition)
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Our four favourite girls are back and this time for the big screen. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte & Miranda make sex and the city bigger and better than ever before! As we travel through Carries love for New York City even more we have the usual ups and downs from the lovely Mr Big, but just as ever Carrie comes back fighting and is determined not to give in. Charlotte's biggest dreams finally come true, although this time with a little embarrassment on the way. Samantha finally realises what she is in love with, other than the usual, but it costs her a little weight gain to do so. And Miranda is her usual self weighing up the pros and cons of what she actually wants in her life, could this be the make or break finally of her on off relationship we have witnessed for so long?
If you are a true sex and the city fan I urge you to watch this film if you haven't already! I found it highly entertaining but also a real connection with each of the girls as we experience the downs as well as there ups in there life. I think this made the characters really come to life and make them a lot more real and easy to relate with. Carries usually commentary guides you through the film easily and you are sure to be able to follow everything that happens. I also have to mention how much I loved Jennifer Hudson's debut as I think she was completely perfect to play Carries assistant and fitted really well into the film.
I don't think you will have had to watch the Sex and the City series to follow this film as it is very easy to pick up on who is who. This film definitely gets a 5/5 from me and I cannot wait to see the second one!
I'm a sex and the city fan. There, I said it. I'm a feminist, so I probably shouldn't be, but its a guilty pleasure. That said, the film didn't really live up to the spirit of the series, so i feel justified in taking it down a bit for all its woman bashing, in your face product placement, and jennifer hudson!
So baisically, it's a few years on since Carrie finally found true happiness (despite being a succesful author, having loads of great friends and an exciting life, she couldn't have her happy ever after until mr big came along to rescue her), and everything's stayed the same. Until the movie, then obviously everything changes. Steve cheats on Miranda, apparently because she didn't take care of her bikini area, Charlotte finally has her biological child, because adopted kids are never good enough, Samantha dares to put on a few pounds (if my friends treated me the way they treat her when she turns up with a tiny belly roll, I'd eat them just to prove a point), and Carrie gets left at the altar by Mr Big, which obviously turns out to be her fault. It just wasn't like the series, the men were worse behaved, and the women just took it! To me, it kind of made a mockery of the series. The girls didn't always take that much cr*p!
I loved the series because, to be honest, the fashion was gorgeous, and a bit bonkers, with labels, but also some junk shop and random stuff thrown into the mix, and the film ruined that as well! Carrie was dressed head to toe in labels, and the film barely went two seconds without mentioning another designers name; the product placement was tiresome.
Now onto Jennifer Hudson...I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but my best guess is that she accidently wandered on set, then got mistaken for someone that could act by someone blind and deaf. One of the cringiest and wooden perfomances I've ever seen; it was embarrassing to see her next to SJP, who, for whatever people might say about her, is a fantastic actress. Yeah, JH has got a good set of pipes, but oh my god please stay away from sets in the future to prevent this kind of mistake occuring again!
I didn't entirely hate the film, there were a few bits that melted my heart, for example, Charlotte's chinses daughter was simply adorable, I can't wait to see her in the next one! I loved the NYE's kiss between Stanford and Anthony, and Carrie's NYE trip to Miranda's! And who could forget, Charlotte's accident (Char's my fave, by far the best SATC girl!)
Overall, if you're a die-hard fan of SATC, you'll probably love this film. Even if you're not, if you're just after a bit of label gazing and ooh-awws, then you'll probably love it too, but it just didn't work for me, you see after the series, it was just a bit, well, souless! It was disappointing.
If you are female, love a good chick flick then you need to see this film!
What is sex and the city?
It's all about 4 uber successful women who are very different from each other but who have a very close friendship... The city is New York City and this is where all the girls met and lived as single girls... the series takes you from one trauma to another, however the film is heavily based on Carrie Bradshaw and her pending wedding...
Carrie is a writer and bases her books on her own and her friends life experiences...Carrie has finally met 'The One' also known as 'Mr Big'. Carrie also narrates throughout the film too as she expresses her thoughts and feelings.
Miranda is a lawyer and very career minded...although she has softened since having two children and marrying Steve who is less career minded. She is Carrie's voice of reason and the sensible one but can also be quite cycnical
Charlotte works in an art gallery, is on her second marriage and is happily married. She has been unable to have a child naturally (which is one of her lifelong ambitions) and has adopted a child. She is the romantic minded one of them all and would be considered the 'ditzy one'
Samantha works in Hollywood her her actor boyfriend. Quite simply Samantha loves sex and throughout the series she was single most of the time and picking up various men throughout. However in the film she has settled down and this is something that you see her struggle with throughout the film
Without giving too much away, Carrie has finally settled down with Mr Big after 10 years of playing cat and mouse and they find an apartment together and plan to move into together, they also decide to get married... this is where things go wrong... Carrie was all for a small wedding until Charlotte gets her a wedding planner as a wedding gift and Carrie's magazine editor wants her to be in the wedding couture magazine to show that this famous singleton is now getting married.. and it involves a photo shoot with a Vivien Westwood gown which was given to her..
Carrie gets carried away and before you know it a big wedding is being planned...Mr Big doesn't seem as keen on this as its his third marriage... he starts to get wedding nerves which are made worse by a comment from Miranda on the last night before the wedding... on the day he tries to call her but her phone has gone AWOL and then ends up standing her up at the aisle and immediately regretting it..but by this time its too late and Carrie is distraught
All the girls end up going on Carrie's honeymoon with her and whilst she deals with being stood up at the aisle, the girls support her... Carrie then carries on with her life and hires an assistant (played by Jennifer Hudson) who provides her with support and hope in love again..
However in typical american chick flick style there is a happy ending...
There are some funny moments when they all go to Carrie's apartment to pack her stuff up.... when they are on Carrie's honeymoon and they are all sitting around the pool and Samantha discovering a sex mad neighbour...
There are also some sad moments too as Miranda deals with Steve and Carrie deals with her feelings for Mr Big
Its a great chick flick which follows the lives of 4 close friends and how they deal with the disasters in their life together....