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Forced cleverness makes the Sex and the City movie no match for the series.

  • Dec 15, 2008
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I have to admit, I was excited to see Sex and the City-the Movie.  The minute the lights went down and that characteristically sexy "duh duh, duh duh, duh duh" theme music came on, my heart skipped a little beat.  I would get to see Charlotte's adopted baby girl, see how Smith Jarred was getting along in years, and see what exactly what was going on with Carrie's hair these days.  It had been years since I'd seen a new storyline with the girls, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity.

Unfortunately, it seems that the Sex and the City plot arc does not lend itself well to the 2.5 hour  feature film format.    The plot was choppy, there were too many things going on, and the nudity was so commonplace that it was laughable.  Another issue was simply the dialogue of the film.  Carrie Bradshaw usually congratulates herself on her clever wordplay, but this movie took it a little too far.  A particular favorite of the director was the phrase "out of style":

"They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never goes out of style."

"And we were dressed from head to toe in love... the only label that never goes out of style."

It seems to me that the director's of Sex and the City-The Movie took the four basic elements of the Sex and the City HBO Series (Love, Friendship, Sex, and Fashion) and decided to hammer into the consciousness of their audience that THIS was what the movie was about.  There is no subtlety in the Sex and the City movie, and it was the subtlety that made the Sex and the City as different and valuable as it was.  It was the quiet moments of the series that were touching, and it was precisely the quiet moments that the Sex and the City movie lacked.

There were a few laugh out loud moments, certainly, and if these great moments were condensed to a single 20 minute episode, it might have been a pretty good episode.  All in all, I was disappointed in the Sex and the City movie.  It didn't however, stop me from watching every episode of the series on a recent TBS marathon. 


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April 28, 2009
I totally agree. I thought I just didn't like the movie when I first saw it because I hadn't really been into the show. However, since then I've watched several episodes and, while I can appreciate the movie a little more, I still don't like it. It does seem like the writers were stuck in the half-hour timeline and didn't know what to do with a full-length film.
 
March 07, 2009
Agree completely! I hope the next movie is like the show...FUNNY and not overly melodramatic
 
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review by . December 09, 2008
I was in London when this movie opened (which I believe was 2 days before in the US?) and me and my girlfriends were SUPER STOKED ABOUT THIS. We even got all dressed up, went to dinner/cosmos, then caught the 10:45 viewing of this...it didn't matter that we'd get home at around 2 then have to get our asses to work...it had to be done.    I didn't really think there was a way I would be disappointed by this and I was right.. I absolutely loved it.  It was extremely sad when …
review by . June 23, 2008
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Sex and the City: TheMovie is a story of a New York writer who is getting married, but is let down when one of her close friends leads her and her fiancĂ©e into a big mess. Directed by Michael Patrick King, this movie was released on May 30,2008, and was nominated for a MTV Movie Award for the Best Summer Movie So Far and A Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress in Comedy and a Choice Movie:  Chick Flick.  The film starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris North,Candace Bergen, and Jennifer Hudson.

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Release Date: May 30, 2008 in the US
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 145 Minutes

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