Sex and the City – Big Time

Sex and the City     B-

Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall
Directed by Michael Patrick King (HBO’s Sex and the City)
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Appropriate for ages 17+

The Story: Many years have passed since the television show ended, and Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda are still best friends.  Now that she’s 40, Carrie has finally gotten her proposal from her long-time on-and-off-again boyfriend Big.  Of course complications arise, the wedding is canceled, and all of the girls have their little issues.  What else would you put in a two-and-a-half hour series finale?

The Good: Overall, the story is excellent and the characters stick to their guns.  If you liked the series, expect to like the movie.  The script is full of wit, laughter, and heartache and the actors all turn in solid performances. 

I was surprised at how well the men came off.  Men weren’t always the bad guys in the show, but they didn’t come off so perfect as this either.  The few flaws in the men were excused as being brought on by the crazy women.  More on that next. 

The Bad: While I basically like the characters, I can’t stand their self-absorbed, materialistic, irrational ways.  And because I can’t understand them, I can’t appreciate them enough to really enjoy them.  Sure their antics make me laugh, but I spent much of the film wanting to slap some sense into them.  I actually felt sorry for Big, even though he stood Carrie up at the wedding.  In fact, the only empathy I felt was for the poor men that had to put up with these ridiculous girls. 

I will chalk some of this up to this being a big-time chick flick.  I am not the target audience here and I am ok with that.  I’m not saying that men won’t enjoy this and if given the choice between seeing this or most other chick flicks, I would go with this one easily. 

The Summary: Although the girls tend to annoy me a bit, they stay true to their characters and should give their target audience exactly what they came for.

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