The fabulous four are back four years after their popular HBO show ended. Last night my co-worker and I got a sneak peek at the “Sex and the City” movie that hits theaters on May 30.
“Year after Year, twenty-something women come to New York City in search of the two L’s: labels and love. Twenty years ago I was one of them. Having gotten the knack for labels early… I concentrated on love.”
Carrie Bradshaw, opening line of the movie.
The movie opens with Carrie’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) sardonic wit as she begins to tell the story of what’s happened in her life as well as the lives of her best friends, Miranda Hobbs (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Samantha Jones (Kim Catrell).
The theater at the Chase Park Plaza was filled with beautifully dressed women who were anxious about seeing the movie — myself included. One woman said she dressed up because, “This is the closet I’m going to get to a Hollywood premiere so why not make a night of it.”
Many women have come to think of the characters as their “gal pals. They consider them role models, especially women in their 30s and 40s and feel empowered by the strong female characters.
So is the 2 hour and 25 minute movie worth it? You bet it is. It’s like watching five new episodes all rolled into one and although there is a happy ending there is plenty of drama too. It’s also what makes it a great “chick flick” I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who plans to see it this weekend, but you will laugh, cry and be thrilled throughout the show.
What’s even better is there is a connection to the “Gateway to the West.” Carrie hires an assistant, Louise, who is from St. Louis; therefore she nicknames her “St. Louise.” Jennifer Hudson, of “American Idol” fame, plays the writer’s aide and does a fantastic job. She also “pitches” the BagBorrowandSteal.com site, which she says is the Netflix for handbags. The site offers memberships to rent designer purses. (I thought it was cool because I wrote about the site last year.)
Carrie is the effervescent writer and as always she weaves the stories of the women’s love interests (Mr. Big, Steve, Harry and Smith also resurrect their roles) friendship, family and fashion. Who could forget the fashion ? It’s what made many designers such as Manolo Blahnik and Christian Dior popular household names. (Although if you know fashion then you knew who they were anyway.)
The film does a great job at capturing the elements of the HBO show and leaves no unanswered questions. Well maybe just one — will there be another?