Sex and the City…The Movie, is a hit. Sequels or movie versions often fail to live up to expectations, as they attempt to “jump the shark.” This movie was done as if the writers and producers were simply writing another and longer episode. The characters have grown and found varying levels of satisfaction in their lives. The movie doesn’t try to outdo the series by creating unrealistic plots, but is a natural segue into the lives of Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte as their lives are four years after the series end. Although the characters have grown, the plots keep them true to character so that they are believable.
Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) has blossomed. We are able to watch her gradual transformation from the beginning of the HBO series as an unsure, struggling writer into the confident, successful, well to do author she becomes. In the movie, due to her success, she now hires an assistant! Her love life also works itself out with a few very surprising twists and turns, showing major growth and maturity from the girl who always had some issue with relationships and commitment. She also shows an emotionally raw human side not seen to the same degree in the original series. The emotional pain she endures and recovers from is something most people can at some point in their lives relate to.
Miranda (played by Cynthia Nixon) hasn’t changed all that much personality-wise, but her love relationship takes an unexpected turn. This unwittingly infiltrates a major part of the plot, indirectly causing a major and unhappy twist. One really doesn’t know what to expect in terms of her outcome or the impact it has on those closest to her. She’s dealing with such emotionally charged issues, the outcomes could go either way. Although Miranda has been characterized as a cynical, somewhat negative person, she clearly possesses the basic human needs we all have; to feel secure and loved in what she perceives to be a difficult existence. Miranda’s current life is a balance of motherhood, a demanding career, and marriage. Underneath her prickly exterior is a true vulnerability and desire to be happy.
The ever-optimistic Charlotte…Charlotte York-Rosenblatt (played by Kristin Davis) hasn’t lost her sunny optimism and zest for life at all. She is now the happy mother of adopted daughter, Lily. Charlotte had the heartbreaking struggle with getting and staying pregnant to term. The end of the HBO series has Charlotte and her husband Harry preparing for adoption. She finally gets to show her true maternal instincts in the movie (in more ways than one), which is a very natural extension of her personality. Charlotte’s life also twists its way into the plot between Carrie and Big in a surprising way. Again, this movie takes the best of everything and weaves it together in ways that may surprise movie-goers.
And lastly, Samantha Jones (played by Kim Cattrall)... Samantha has changed. The HBO series portrays a very raw, raunchy, sewer-mouthed, overtly sexual woman. As the series came to a close, we were treated to the realness underneath her rough exterior, which made her character appear less raunchy and as having more substance. The movie continues that trend on her journey through life, but doesn’t totally turn away from what her inherent needs are. Being with Smith Jerrod (played by Jason Lewis) has certainly tamed her, but as they say, leopards generally do not change their spots. That doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of deep love, but Samantha does have to eventually acknowledge certain truths.
There are unlimited ways in which the writers could have taken the plot, ways that can’t possibly be covered in a two hour movie. The fact that this movie is just over two hours long is a testament to its complexity, depth, and creativity. Perhaps a future movie will pick up where this one leaves off.