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SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE

SYNOPSIS:
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), successful author and everyone's favorite fashion icon-next-door, continues to narrate her own story about sex, love and the fashion-obsessed single woman in New York City. Carrie tells the stories of her and her three close friends Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon). The stories revolve around Carrie's handsome yet elusive Mr. Big (Chris Noth), who finds himself buying a luxurious penthouse and popping the question; Miranda's down-to-earth and sweet yet simple husband Steve (David Eigenberg); Harry (Evan Handler), Charlotte's dependable and loving husband whose indiscretion causes great drama; and Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis), an actor and client of Samantha's, as well as her devoted lover.

Review by Louise Keller:
Fashion and friendship are the two stars of this breathlessly awaited movie spin off from the TV series that revisits the lives of the four savvy, sassy and sexy women whose playground is the Big Apple. Love gets a look in too, and so does sex, although there is nothing raunchy enough to surprise us or offend teenage girls, who may well be encouraged to begin their love affair with designer clothes and their huge price tags early. Happiness, however, comes with a different kind of price tag and comes and goes like a fickle fashion trend. 'You know this is just a fairy tale,' Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie tells a wide-eyed little girl, after reading her Cinderella with its happy ever after ending. Parker is the pivot for this fabulous, fun frolic in which laughter and tears are shared through thick and thin, but always with glamour and style.

Just give me a really big closet, Parker's Carrie tells her long time ultra smooth on /off / on again boyfriend Big (Chris Noth), when they find the perfect apartment - a penthouse in Manhattan. Whether or not to 'take' or 'toss' her elaborate wardrobe is the first excuse for a fashion parade as Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) offer their good fashion advice to Carrie. Writer director Michael Patrick King obviously loves the characters he directed on television, and we are given a whirlwind back story for each, to make sure that even if you have been living under a rock and missed the entire TV series (like me!) you quickly get the picture.

Time has ticked on and although circumstances have slightly changed, the essence of the friendship between the girls remains a constant. They share confidences about everything - from botox to bedroom banter. The funniest scenes are about sex and usually involve the sex-addicted Samantha who spends much of her onscreen time drooling about her hot-bod, Adonis neighbour, aptly named Dante (Gilles Marini). Valentine Day finds her naked on the dining room table covered in sushi, made to impress her hunky LA actor boyfriend Smith (Jason Lewis), but things don't go to plan.

Much of the storyline is devoted to Carrie and Big, but all the lives of these close friends are so intertwined, it's like being part of an exotic design in a Persian rug. There are side plots of forgiveness, a dabble at motherhood, marriage, break-ups and monogamous self-restraint. Parker excels in this tailor-made role, and looks a million dollars in any number of designer labels, accessories and hair styles. The target market won't give a Valentino hoot that the running time is far too long - all the more time to drool over the seemingly endless fashion parade of drop dead gorgeous bags, ballerinas, bikinis, belts, coats, frocks, gowns, hats, jewellery, lingerie, pumps, stilettos, stockings, throw-ons, tops and wraps (alphabetically listed for the fashion fanatic). New York looks pretty good, too, under the mantle of every season - sunshine, rain and snow. Celebrating the art and heart of the sophisticated woman, Sex and the City smartly juggles our emotions with a constant reminder that style and friendship are classic.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE (MA)
(US, 2008)

CAST: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Candice Bergen, Jennifer Hudson, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Mario Cantone, Lynn Cohen

PRODUCER: Eric M. Cyphers, Michael Patrick King, John P. Melfi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Star

DIRECTOR: Michael Patrick King

SCRIPT: Michael Patrick King (characters from the book by Candace Bushnell)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Thomas

EDITOR: Michael Berenbaum

MUSIC: Aaron Zigman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jeremy Conway

RUNNING TIME: 145 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 5, 2006







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