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by Krista Vitola


Release Date: May 30, 2008
Studio: New Line Cinema, HBO Films
Director: Michael Patrick King
Screenwriter: Michael Patrick King, based on characters created by Candace Bushnell

Cinematographer: John Thomas
Composer: Aaraon Zigman
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Jennifer Hudson, Lynn Cohen, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler



“I’ve been trying to get down to the heart of the matter,” sings India Arie as audience members watch the lives of their favorite “Sex and the City” stars unravel. And this message is exactly what brings a tear to audience’s eyes as well as a cheer in celebration as the much-loved TV series is brought to film, taking off right where it left off. Guided by the film’s lead: Ms. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), and her three closest companions: Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), each character has settled into a lifestyle of their own but is always indelibly tied to the bonds of their friendship.

For Carrie Bradshaw being single and successful in the big city takes a bit of a twist as she and Mr. Big (Chris Noth) finally decide to get married. Charlotte York is still blissfully happy in her marriage to Harry (Evan Handler) and has adopted a baby. Miranda, Steve (her husband), Brady (their son) and Magda (their aide) live in Brooklyn and will soon face a situation that tests the strength of their marriage, and finally there is Samantha and her hot boyfriend Jerry “Smith” Jerrod (Jason Lewis) who are living in L.A. and have become all-consumed with their work. But it is the power of four that helps ground each of the characters on what really matters in life and reminds them that they will always be there for each other in times of need or to curse out an “ex” on the street.

What makes Sex and the City so enjoyable, not only for the diehard TV series fans, is the talented cast of actors and actresses that frame the film around individual vs. collective growth and how even though we hypothetically believe that with age should come wisdom, we as humans are still likely to fall prey to the most simple emotions and situations. Of course, as series fans we may see repetitions of these situations, the movie’s premise can touch any audience member regardless of whether or not they have watched the television shows. Jennifer Hudson, who plays Carrie’s assistant Louise and is a new face to the typical series, is a clear example of this as she brings Carrie back to life by reminding her of what’s important and that living with a positive attitude can only bring good things.

Director Michael Patrick King successfully weaves together each character’s story as they live, love, and learn that old habits die hard (or sometimes not at all), there are always people out there to help you, and that nothing—not even Monolo Blahniks—can outdo the power of true love.