Monday, June 2, 2008

Sex and the City Movie Review (She Said)

Sex and The City Movie Review
We asked a male staffer and a female staffer to attend Sex and the City's movie opening this weekend. He Said - click that link to read our male staff member's review. Here is our "She Said" movie review.

Sex and the City Movie Review (She Said)
As an avid, dedicated fan to the series, I greatly enjoyed Sex & the City’s debut to the big screen. I caught the movie’s premiere Friday afternoon with my mother, one of my best friends. I would recommend bringing either your close-knit girlfriends as the movie (and series) is huge on the importance of friendship or your man if (and only if) he could use a little lesson in what not to do in your relationship—the Sex and the City movie will not be a must-see for most guys.

Last Chance Soulmate?
The movie dives headfirst into how commitment and sex directly affect relationships. Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) never lets Steve (David Eigenberg), or anyone else for that matter, forget how busy she is and neglect causes a huge transgression. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) remains faithful to her boy toy Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) in what becomes a very dry, sexless and completely un-Samantha-like disaster. And then there’s Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), in her on-again-off-again ride of a relationship with Mr. Big (Chris Noth). Carrie and Mr. Big decide to get married. No kneeling, no ring, no romance. Vogue asks to feature Carrie in their upcoming nuptials section. Those who know the series were collectively thinking, “Bad move Carrie.”? Bringing me to wonder who the movie’s trying to make look worse…the men or the women? Are the girls staying with their men no matter what for fear they are their last chance soulmate?

Friendships and Relationships
While I have many opinions on the way the relationships in this movie played out, I can enjoyed the bonds of the friendship between the four women was beautifully played here — a real tearjerker. It was inspiring to watch women support friends even when they may have disagreed about their choices. The four women take at trip to Mexico to make sure Carrie is okay after a huge mistake is made on Big’s part. At which point, the women reflect on their relationships and why women lose sight of themselves to keep their men. While no eureka moment is reached, they do realize the importance of supporting of one another. Men, take note—if you don’t meet the approval of your partner's friends…you’re on shaky ground.

Valley of the 20-something Dolls
The one thing about this movie I truly didn’t understand was Louise (Jennifer Hudson). Was Louise intended to be the next doe-eyed, love-struck girl turned fashion diva extraordinaire only to have a “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore,” moment and return home to St. Louis? With the Cinderella-esque ending, where does Sex and the City have to go? I appreciate that Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and even Samantha have happily ever after, but what happens after happily ever after? What do the up and coming group of 20-something single girls have to look forward to?

All in all, I did love this movie…I laughed, I cried…I critiqued—it happens. I severely missed seeing Carrie and Big get their happy ending in the series and am ecstatic they finally got over all their issues and were able to be together. Hopefully there will be another chapter in Sex and the City to answer all the unanswered questions—or at least analyze them to death in the way that only women can.

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