R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Adaptation
May 22, 2008
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Christopher Noth
Michael Patrick King
New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
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Movie Review: Sex and the City
- Sex and The City is the big screen reunion of the four New York girlfriends, Carrie (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (played by Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (played by Kristin Davis), and Miranda (played by Cynthia Nixon). The four characters come together after a four-year absence from the critically acclaimed HBO television series of the same name.
After four years, the Manhattan girls have settled into their mid-forties. Carrie is a successful author whose relationship with her long-time love, Mr. Big, is finally headed toward the marriage altar. Samantha now lives in LA with her boyfriend, a highly successful actor, though she is depressed that she does not still live in New York. Charlotte is a wife and mother of an adopted child, though she hopes she can one day conceive and give birth as well. Miranda is a successful lawyer who seems to have more time for work than she does for her husband and son.
Just as Carrie’s life seems to be coming together as her much-celebrated wedding day approaches, Miranda’s husband confesses that he has had an affair. Torn apart, Miranda tells Mr. Big that she thinks that he and Carrie are crazy to be getting married. Mr. Big, who has already been married twice before, panics and leaves Carrie at the altar.
Picking up the pieces of her life, Carrie goes into seclusion. As her life falls apart, Samantha and Charlotte also face their own fears as each of them deals with losing pieces of themselves much like Carrie and Miranda already have. Somehow, the foursome finds solace in each other as their lives once again intersect in dramatic and heartfelt ways. Each one of them must find some kind of forgiveness if they ever hope to love again.
Craft-wise, Sex and The City is well written, well performed, well directed, and well produced. The movie keeps its paces and hits its plot points, all the while deftly mixing trauma, drama, comedy and heartfelt emotions. The movie does justice to the TV series without letting the big screen version feel too episodic. Fans of the HBO television series should be happy with this adaptation.
However, fans (as well as anyone else who gets lured into seeing this) should be ashamed of the movie’s content. If an audience member is neither blushing, nor offended, nor uncomfortable watching some of the scenes in this movie, then something is wrong.
The movie’s content is abhorrent. It contains an over-abundance of sexual content, including several scenes of depicted married sex, fornication, and even one scene of group sex. Along with the strong sexual content, of course, comes a lot of unnecessary nudity, including partial full frontal male nudity. There is also lying, adultery, alcohol use, and the further normalization of homosexual and transsexual lifestyles.
No matter how well it is made, and no matter how much heart and sincerity this movie may have, including moral, redemptive themes of forgiveness, Sex and The City is a movie that any media wise person should avoid. There are a lot of other great summer movies out there that adults can see that will not offend so deeply. For a list of great movies with strong values and faith, please go to www.movieguide.org and see what is playing in theaters and on DVD.
Address Comments To:
Toby Emmerich, President
New Line Cinema
(A Time Warner Subsidiary)
116 North Robertson Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 854-5811
Fax: (310) 354-1824
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