Kevin's Review: Sex and the City - Less Sex, More Drama
by Kevin Powers
May 30, 2008
More than four years after Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha downed their last cosmo and faded into the history of successful HBO series, comes the eagerly awaited big-screen adaptation that for many will be the movie event of the year. Fans of the show will gorge themselves on two-and-half hours of designers, drama, drinks and divas, while newcomers will discover a chick flick that makes relatives of the genre seem positively masculine. Despite fashion and couture to the contrary, Sex and the City is really only about one label, love, and all the imperfections and textures that accompany this sought-after garment. Guys, proceed to hurl. Girls, proceed to swoon.
In the process, writer-director Michael Patrick King subdues some of the more fun, bawdy aspects of the series - particularly many of Samantha's antics - in favor of all manner of mini-dramas. The film opts for more of a missionary position, which is to say it's less exciting and adventurous than the original series. Because of the increased scale, tweaking the "Sex and the City" TV show formula isn't a total surprise and actually results in an exhausting yet potently entertaining look at modern-day relationships.
The runtime might seem long, but the film covers just about a year's worth of happenings. The movie begins where the TV series left off with Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) back together with Big (Chris Noth), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Steve (David Eigenberg) in Brooklyn, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Harry (Evan Handler) with their newly adopted Asian daughter, and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Smith (Jason Lewis) out in LA tending to the pretty-boy's career. A whimsical little recap at the beginning of the film gets you up to speed, while indoctrinating newbies. New to the foursome is Louis (Jennifer Hudson), who is conspicuous both in her in appearance and in her targeted, jarring service to the plot.
From there it's a hilly ride of highs and lows as the movie progresses through one discrete drama after another. Surprisingly, this rhythm parallels that of the TV series. It actually feels like five episodes crammed into one sitting as a opposed to one that is stretched extremely thin. Die hard fans will enjoy this familiarity, while others might find it frustrating and repetitive.
And repetitive it can be. Just as the clouds seem to break over a particular subject, there comes another thunderstorm of trial and emotion. The film manages to include an impressive number of events that surround adult love and relationships - marriage, pregnancy, break-ups, children, infidelity. Aside from the blinding lack of concern for money, Sex and the City is a nicely pragmatic and entertaining look at these little curve-balls.
Notably, the movie does little to tarnish the legacy of the series. Sure, the film feels different. For instance, there is an entire new layer of accessory sound effects and musical atmosphere that was never present on TV. It's easy enough to give these things a pass. Given that four years have elapsed, the experience can be likened to being reunited with an old friend - things are bound to be different, but you eventually settle in and find that comfortable spot again.
While Sex and the City is certainly accessible to the uninitiated - it's a perfectly fine, albeit long romantic comedy - it's plain knowledge that the film was made for and because of the fans. Sex and the City will be a huge success because it's not just a movie, it's an event. Gaggles of girlfriends will gather for cosmos or manhattans beforehand and jaunt drunkenly off to the theater to watch characters that they've come to love and identify with over six years of episodes. And since everyone's a bit older and a bit more mature, it should come as no surprise that this time around there's a bit less sex and a bit more drama.
Reader Feedback - 18 Comments
With all my respect for the fans ...but this movie has nothing to make me watch it ...and as I said before it is and still a big mistake making such a serial into a movie ...and I am not going to watch it ...
shero on May 30, 2008
Why is it a big mistake? If there is an audience who want to see this movie and they enjoy then why is it a mistake. I also think this movie will do well at the box office so it won't be a commerical mistake either.
adam on May 30, 2008
This is a weird movie made for insane women.
DCompose on May 30, 2008
adam It is mistake : because there is nothing new about this movie that we don't know .... and it mean there is no story ... the old women are married and having kids ..and another one having problem in the day of the wedding ...and another one still slutty ...and all these stories are old ... from another side the serial gave enough information about these women that the movie will not give any new think we didn't saw or hear in the serials ... of course there is audience ...not for this but even for a low budget B.movie that show in TV only too ... there will be audience for everything ... But I have the right to say my opinion about making real Art ...and having real new stories ... because that is for me a good movie .... not a serial that sex were the basic of it and day after day they manage to put some drama in it just to make it a bit realistic .... again I am not agree and I don't like serials to become movies ... at least comedy and drama serials ... like this one ... again with all my respect for the fans of sex and the city but it is my opinion ... the processes are going back word .... some movies become serials is fine ... because just a one hour and half is not enough to tell a story ... but a serials who have 6 seasons ... and now become a movie !!!????? what is the good and the new in it ...if you couldn't give enough by all these serials what you will gone a do and tell in a movie ....??? see the IMDb : User Rating: 3.4/10 (2,290 votes)
shero on May 30, 2008
I am not seeing it but I can tell you right now that IMDB rating is FILLED with trolls. No way so many people saw it before it got and released and more than HALF the votes are from guys.
Ryan on May 30, 2008
Oh dudes. Leave this movie be. I'm sure plenty of girls out there think this is the best thing that has happened in movies all year. They let us watch Batman movies, we should let them watch Sex and the City. I'm sure there has to be something good about it to have such a strong fanbase. Oh, and "shero" there is a myriad movies out there that are nothing new, so why hate on this exact one for that? As for me, I'm glad my gf hates the show and is just as excited to watch TDK as I am.
Alfredo on May 30, 2008
I know my wife will wanna see this when i get home, I just hope somehow that shes already seen it before I get home lol, hey if that brow hair chick gets naked for a split second it would be worth the price of admission, shes crazy hot.
Richard on May 30, 2008
I was never able to see much TV. However; Whenever my girlfriend put on a DVD of Sex and The City; I found it funny and entertaining. I will not pay to see the movie. Unless; she pays for my ticket. She paid for the DVDS. Most of the TV Shows that have been made into a movie were not as good as The TV Series. Examples include : The Wild Wild West, Miami Vice, Charley's Angels, Mission Impossible, etc. When GET Smart plays in the theaters; I will not pay for the tickets. I'm sure it won't be as funny as the TV Series. It's just my opinion and I respect all the opinions including the movie review.
Ivan A. Arcaya,Sr. on May 30, 2008
I liked it but I did think some parts were melodramatic although on the flip side it was a lot funnier then I was expecting. I'm a girl and it is a girl movie so I enjoyed it. I'm not surprised that some men wouldn't be interested in this. I do think it is unfair to say that there is nothing new about this movie...couldn't that same thing be said of oh about every comic book that has been turned into a movie? 🙂 Spoiler: #8 There is female nudity but male as well so be prepared. haha
Janet on May 30, 2008
Let it go (to the guys here). The movie is to Women what Star Wars is to many a guy. You dont think women watch sci fi or comic book hero movies and think Oh gee the same old bad guy / good guy hardship thing. He can fly, he knows kung fu etc etc. It sounds like it was a fun sequel for the many women who loved the series.
John on May 31, 2008
Sex in the City movie is akin to making Terminator 3- infinity. It is nothing that they couldn't have done for just HBO. Just greedy fatcats wanting to cash in on some crazies, like beanie babies. It really doesnt matter if this movie is good or bad, its just there to make people rich.
L on May 31, 2008
This film really is to women what STAR WARS was to guys. I went to see Indy IV last night; and the theater lobby was full of women. Many of them were dressed like they were going to a nightclub rather than a movie. It looked really funny. However, it was no more silly looking than the army of guys I saw dressed up as assorted characters for the opening nights of the STAR WARS prequels.
Dave Lister, JMC on May 31, 2008
I'm a mid-30's straight guy....and I like Sex in the City. I went with a group of friends (all ladies) this weekend to see this movie and really enjoyed it. I was one of 4 men in the theater (I counted, I figured we'd need to band together to fight our way out if the crowd turned on us :P). The movie was funny and touching, and was a great wrap-up to the series. Was it predictable? Yep, very. But that didn't stop it from being an enjoyable movie. I think for the most part it's "cool" for guys to bag on the show and the movie, because it has a reputation as an estrogen driven bitch fest. Don't get me wrong, it has moments that are, but for the most part it's a story of the relationships between friends and the process of growing up that shows us all that there is a big difference between the fairy-tales of our youth and the harsh reality of grown-up life in the big city. Guys, it's funny, has some hot babes and will get you serious significant other credit. Stop being afraid that someone will think you wear pink panties and go see it. But when the naked dude shower scene starts, be warned, he's going to turn around....and they aren't going to pan away.
joel on Jun 3, 2008
Well; unfortunately my girl friend paid for the tickets and the pop corn and chocolate. The movie was funny but it was like watching one of her Sex and The City DVDS. It show have been a TV Movie instead of A Theater Movie. TV Series just don't translate into Theater Movies. The Wild Wild West TV Series was better then The Movie. The same goes for Miami Vice, Mission Impossible, Lost in Space, Charley's Angels,SWAT, The Twilight Zone Movie, Dragnet,etc. I watch my girl friend's Movie DVDS and compared them to the shows that I watched as reruns on TV before being wounded in Irag and having to teach instead of fight. I have been traveling to hot spots and training other countries military forces. In summation; even my girl friend decided it could have been a made for TV Movie or Miniseries.
Ivan A. Arcaya,Sr. on Jun 3, 2008
I loved this film!
Serviced Offices on Jun 19, 2009
Because there is nothing new about this movie that we don't know …. and it mean there is no story … the old women are married and having kids ..and another one having problem in the day of the wedding …and another one still slutty …and all these stories are old … from another side the serial gave enough information about these women that the movie will not give any new think we didn't saw or hear in the serials … of course there is audience …not for this but even for a low budget B.movie that show in TV only too … there will be audience for everything … But I have the right to say my opinion about making real Art …and having real new stories … because that is for me a good movie …. not a serial that sex were the basic of it and day after day they manage to put some drama in it just to make it a bit realistic …. again I am not agree and I don't like serials to become movies … at least comedy and drama serials … like this one … again with all my respect for the fans of sex and the city but it is my opinion … the processes are going back word …. some movies become serials is fine … because just a one hour and half is not enough to tell a story … but a serials who have 6 seasons … and now become a movie !!!????? what is the good and the new in it …if you couldn't give enough by all these serials what you will gone a do and tell in a movie
oliver on Nov 22, 2009
oh oh 🙂 Oh dudes. Leave this movie be. I'm sure plenty of girls out there think this is the best thing that has happened in movies all year. They let us watch Batman movies, we should let them watch Sex and the City. I'm sure there has to be something good about it to have such a strong fanbase. Oh, and "shero" there is a myriad movies out there that are nothing new, so why hate on this exact one for that? As for me, I'm glad my gf hates the show and is just as excited to watch TDK as I am.
ohlosu on Nov 22, 2009
I saw this movie very awesome. I would love to see it 10 more times. Gaming industry
adora on May 31, 2010
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