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Monday, June 2, 2008
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

SEX AND THE CITY
From Page 9
(Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte
(Kristin Davis) have settled into
their roles as wives and mothers
and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is
in L.A. managing her boyfriend's
acting career and single-hand-
edly making the world safe for
"cougars." All the men - Steve,
Harry, Smith Jarrod and, espe-
cially, Mr. Big (Chris Noth, "Law
& Order: Criminal Intent") - are

back and play roles in moving the
plot along, but, as in the TV show,
they take backseat to the ladies.
Most of the film's major secrets
(Carrie's wedding, Charlotte's
pregnancy and Miranda's mar-
riage trouble) had been leaked
prior to the film's opening, but
for many moviegoers - especially
devotees of the TV series - the
plot is secondary to the experi-
ence. For those who can quote
lines and spend time debating Big
or Aiden, "Sex and the City: The
Movie" is a film custom-built for
a girls' night out. It capitalizes on

the fabulous escapist aspects of
the HBO series - the film is basi-
cally fashion porn for the masses
- but still focuses on the most
appealing part of the TV series:
loyalty between friends. By them-
selves, each character can grate,
-but when one woman comes to
another's aid, it never feels forced
or unrealistic.
While the film delivers all that
it promises, it could have been
better. Somewhere in those four
years of hiatus, the ladies got a
bit duller. The movie lacks some
of "Sex and the City's" great-

est staples: the puns, the sexual
entendres and, most glaringly,
the actual sex. Yes, Parker and
the other actresses are older and
what is cute and clever at 35 is not
as attractive at mid-40, but for a
film that declares women are sexy
at any age, it tries awfully hard to
de-sexify its main characters.
The attempt to represent a
younger (and non-white) genera-
tionbyincludingJennifer Hudson
("Dreamgirls") as Carrie's assis-
tant is admirable, but Hudson's
limited range prevents her from
becoming a worthwhile char-

acter. Simply put, we don't need
these new additions to enjoy the
"Sex and the City" movie. In one
episode of the TV series Miranda
wonders, "Whatever happened
to aging gracefully?" and Carrie
replies, "It got old." "Sex and the
City" thankfully takes a different
approach, taking care of the char-
acters that we fell for in the first
place and giving them a tasteful
return to the screen. For lovers of
the TV show, it's a mostlyfabulous
finish that will hit all the right
chords and, more importantly, not
trip on the much-hyped catwalk.

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