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‘City’ is just as fun on film

June 04, 2008|By Lisa Dupuy

Hey, ladies, grab your co-workers, your book club members, your walking buddies, your fellow PTA moms, or any of your sistahs and go see the big-screen version of “Sex and the City.” It’s fun, it’s fabulous, it’s fashionable and it’s finally here!

Let’s show those big Hollywood producer-types that women over 30 are a viable market worth making movies for.

Films don’t have to have explosions or scary people behind doors. A fabulous dress, a catwalk and pair of Manolo Blahniks will do just fine, thank you.

That being said, men will probably like this movie too. Gay men, sure, but what guy can resist beautiful women in form-fitting clothes talking about the intricacies of sex?

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And I’ve heard there are men out there who are interested in human relationships. There are a few tidbits to chew on on that front as well.

I was impressed with how well writer Michael Patrick King segued into new adventures for the girls. The series finale wrapped things up pretty tight.

Where can they go from here? The movie picks up a few years later and, appropriate to the characters’ maturity level, takes a more grown-up view of relationships.

Love, as opposed to sex (or in addition to sex) is the overriding theme of the movie. And in true “Sex and the City” style, they ask lots of questions.

How do you find love? How do you keep it? What the heck is it anyway? How do you reconcile love and forgiveness? They look at love for oneself vs. love for another. And in Big’s case, fear of love. It’s heartwarming, sincere and pretty darn true.

One surprise was the fact that they did not show nearly as much skin as they did in the HBO-broadcast series.

And there was less talk about juicy details — you know, the kind of details I couldn’t possibly recount in this family newspaper.

Honestly, I was relieved. It’s fine to watch these things in the privacy of your own home but a bit awkward in a room full of strangers. Don’t get me wrong though — it deserves its R rating. Miranda and Steve especially go for it. But my lips are sealed. That’s all I’ll say about what happens.

There are some contrived plot points that don’t feel genuine, but the resulting conflicts do keep things moving along.

Much has been said about the 2 1/2 -hour running time, but I would venture to say there are many an “SATC” fan that would gladly sit down and watch three or four TV episodes in a row from their DVD collection.

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