Sex and the City (film)

Sex and the City (film)

Infobox Film
name = Sex and the City

caption = Teaser poster
director = Michael Patrick King
producer = Michael Patrick King
Sarah Jessica Parker
Darren Star
writer = Michael Patrick King
starring = Sarah Jessica Parker
Kim Cattrall
Kristin Davis
Cynthia Nixon
Chris Noth
Jennifer Hudson
Candice Bergen
music = Aaron Zigman
cinematography = John Thomas
editing = Michael Berenbaum
distributor = New Line Cinema
Warner Bros.
HBO Films
released = May 30, 2008
runtime = Theatrical cut:
145 min.
Extended cut:
151 min.
country = United States
language = English
budget = $65,000,000
gross = $400,454,627
website =
preceded_by = "An American Girl in Paris, Part Deux"
followed_by =
amg_id = 1:406705
imdb_id = 1000774

"Sex and the City" is the 2008 romantic comedy feature film adaptation of the HBO comedy series of the same name (itself based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell) about four female friends: Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis), and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) living in New York City. The series often portrayed frank discussions about romance and sexuality.

The world premiere took place at Leicester Square, London on May 12 2008, and premiered on May 28 2008 in the UK and May 30 2008 in the US. The film is rated R in the United States, 18PL in Malaysia, 18A in Canada, Category III in Hong Kong, M18 (with cuts) in Singapore, 15 in the United Kingdom, MA15+ in Australia, 12 in Germany and 11 in Norway.


Set four years after the events of the series finale, the film begins with Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth) viewing apartments with the intention of moving in together. Carrie falls in love with a penthouse suite far from their price range, which Big immediately agrees to pay for. However, Carrie experiences doubts over the sensibility of this arrangement, explaining that they are not married, and as such she would have no legal rights to their home in the event of a separation. Quelling her fears, Big suggests that they get married.

Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) is finding balancing her home, work, and social life ever more difficult, and confesses to the girls that she hasn’t had sex with Steve (David Eigenberg) in six months. She is devastated when Steve reveals he has slept with another woman, and immediately separates from him. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is living with Smith (Jason Lewis), who has a successful television career. They live in a seaside beach house in Los Angeles, where Samantha is finding it difficult to take time for herself. She is traveling frequently between L.A. and New York, and grappling with her persistent desire for sex with other men; her handsome and sexually active next-door-neighbor, Dante (Gilles Marini), in particular. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is happy in her marriage to Harry (Evan Handler), with their adopted daughter, Lily.

Carrie's wedding plans escalate into such a lavish event that Big begins to experience doubts. Carrie is given a Vivienne Westwood wedding gown after modeling it for a photo shoot in Vogue. Carrie reads to Big from a book of famous love letters she has borrowed from the New York Public Library. She teases Big for never having sent her a love letter. While returning "Love Letters of Great Men, Vol. 1" to the library, Carrie sees a wedding being held there and chooses it for her own venue.

After an argument with Steve at the rehearsal dinner, Miranda, still upset about Steve's indiscretion, tells Big bluntly that he and Carrie are crazy to be getting married, as marriage ruins everything. On the day of the ceremony, he decides he cannot go through with it, leaving Carrie devastated and fleeing from the library, where their wedding was supposed to take place. Big, however, changes his mind and intercepts Carrie as he sees her limousine drive past. Carrie has already been left humiliated and betrayed, and proceeds to attack Big with her bouquet; screaming her dismay at him, while earning furious looks from Miranda and Charlotte. The four women subsequently take the honeymoon that Carrie had booked to Mexico, where they de-stress and collect themselves.

On her return to New York, Carrie hires an assistant, Louise (Jennifer Hudson), to help her move back into her old apartment and manage her administration. Charlotte learns she is pregnant after a visit to her doctor. Miranda eventually confesses to Carrie about what happened during the night of the rehearsal dinner, and the two have a brief falling out. After reflecting on the argument she had with Carrie, Miranda agrees to attend couples counseling with Steve, and they are eventually able to reconcile. Samantha begins overeating to keep her from cheating on Smith with Dante, but eventually realizes that their relationship is simply not working, and that she needs to put herself first. The two break up, and she moves back to New York. Charlotte for several months is concerned that something might happen to the baby, as her life seems to be too perfect.

A surprise encounter with Big at a restaurant leaves Charlotte so furious that she goes into labor. Big delivers her to the hospital, and waits until baby Rose is born, hoping to see Carrie. Harry passes on the message that Big would like her to call him, and that he has written to her frequently, but never received a reply. Carrie searches her correspondence, before realizing that Louise has kept his e-mails password-protected from her, after she earlier announced she wished to sever all communication with him. She finds that he has sent her dozens of letters copied from the "Love Letters of Great Men" book she showed him in the weeks before their wedding, "Love Letters of Great Men, Vol. 1", culminating with one of his own where he apologizes for screwing it up and promises to love her forever.

One hour before the locks are due to be changed on their shared penthouse apartment, Carrie travels to the home Big had bought for them to collect a pair of mint condition Manolo Blahnik shoes she had left there. She finds Big in the walk-in closet he had built for her, and the moment she sees him, her anger at his betrayal dissipates. She runs into his arms and they share a passionate kiss. After spending the final hour in their apartment together, talking and apologizing to one another, Big proposes to Carrie properly, using one of her diamond-encrusted shoes in place of a ring. They later marry alone, in a simple wedding in New York City Hall, with Carrie dressed in the original dress she had bought in a vintage shop. They hold a get-together at a local diner with their friends. The film ends with the four women around a table in a restaurant, sipping cosmopolitans, and celebrating Samantha's fiftieth birthday, with Carrie making a toast to the next fifty.


* Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw
* Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones
* Kristin Davis as Charlotte York Goldenblatt
* Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes
* Chris Noth as John James "Mr. Big" Preston
* Jennifer Hudson as Louise, Carrie's assistant
* David Eigenberg as Steve Brady
* Jason Lewis as Smith Jerrod
* Evan Handler as Harry Goldenblatt
* Willie Garson as Stanford Blatch
* Mario Cantone as Anthony Marantino
* Lynn Cohen as Magda
* Candice Bergen as Enid Frick
* Annaleigh Ashford as Spoiled Label Queen
* Andre Leon Talley as Vogue executive (cameo)
* Joseph Pupo as Brady Hobbes, Miranda and Steve's son
* Alexandra and Parker Fong as Lily York Goldenblatt, Charlotte and Harry's daughter
* Gilles Marini as Dante
* Monica Mayhem as Dantes' Lover #1
* Julie Halston as Bitsy von Muffling
* Daphne Rubin-Vega as Baby-Voiced Girl

Victoria Beckham was offered a cameo but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with the Spice Girls' tour rehearsals.



At the end of Sex and the City's run in February 2004, there were indications of a movie being considered following the series. HBO announced that Michael Patrick King was working on a possible script for the movie which he would direct. [cite news |url=
title='Sex and the City' May Get Big-Screen Treatment
publisher=Washington Post
] However, later that year, Kim Cattrall declined to work on the project citing reasons that the script and the start date were overly prolonged and she decided to take other offers at hand. [cite web
title= Cattrall declines 'Sex and the City' film
publisher= USA Today
date= 2004-05-26
accessdate= 2008-05-27
] As a result, the immediate follow-up idea for the movie were dropped.

It was in mid-2007 that the plans for making the movie were announced again. This reportedly resulted after Cattrall's conditions being accepted along with a future HBO series. [cite news
title= "Sex and the City" headed to movie theaters
publisher= Washington Post
date= 2007-07-05
accessdate= 2008-05-27
] However, in May 2007 the project was halted after HBO decided it was no longer in a position to finance the movie on its own. The project was pitched within the Time Warner family (owners of HBO) and was picked by sister concern New Line Cinema.cite web
title= 'Sex and the City': Secrets from the Movie Set
author= Missy Schwartz
publisher= Entertainment Weekly
accessdate= 2008-06-01


The film was prominently shot in New York between September-December 2007. [cite news
title= Filming begins on 'Sex and the City' movie
publisher= NY Daily News
date= 2007-09-20
accessdate= 2008-05-27
] [cite web
title= Sex and The City movie ends filming
publisher= RTE
date= 2007-12-06
accessdate= 2008-05-27
] The locations included a number of places around Manhattan and a certain portion was shot in Steiner Studios and Silvercup Studios. The shooting was continually interrupted by paparazzi and onlookers with the security and police authorities employed in order to control the crowd.cite web
title= rebel romance
author= Plum Sykes
publisher= Vogue
accessdate= 2008-06-01
] Efforts were taken in order to keep the plot of the film in secrecy, including shooting multiple endings. [cite web
title= Sex and the City - The Movie: exclusive on-set report
author= Will Lawrence
date= 2008-05-19
accessdate= 2008-06-01
] As a defense strategy, scenes shot in public or in presence of number of extras were termed by Michael Patrick King and the main cast as "dream sequences".


As in the TV series, fashion played a significant role in plot and production of the movie. Over 300 ensembles were used over the course of entire film. [cite news
title= 'Sex and the City' fashions take a starring role in the movie
author= Wendy Donahue
publisher= Chicago Tribune
date= 2008-05-18
accessdate= 2008-06-11
] Patricia Field, who created costume designs for the series, also undertook the job in the film. [ cite news
title= 'Sex and the City' returns, with fashion to spare
author= Andrea Vaucher
publisher= International Herald Tribune
date= 2007-10-05
accessdate= 2008-06-11
] However, Field has stated that she initially was ambivalent to do the film, for monetary and creative reasons.cite news
title= Sex, the City & Patricia Field
author= Robin Givhan
publisher= Washington Post
date= 2008-05-25
accessdate= 2008-06-11
] Field rose to fame particularly after designing for the series from 1999 to 2004, wherein she popularized the concept of using designer clothes with day-to-day fashion.

While dressing the characters for the film, Field decided to stay clear from the latest fashion trends defining the characters and instead focused on the evolution of individual character and the actor portraying it, over the last four years. While Samantha's dressing was influenced by American TV soap opera "Dynasty", Jackie Kennedy was the inspiration for Charlotte's clothes. Miranda, according to Field, has evolved the most from the series in terms of fashion. This was influenced significantly by development in actress Cynthia Nixon in past years.cite news
title= The woman behind the clothes
author= Liz Jones
publisher= Daily Mail
date= 2008-05-19
accessdate= 2008-06-11
] The tutu outfit that Carrie models for the other girls is the same outfit she wears on the HBO's show's credits.

Iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, whose looks were featured in the film, has stated that she was unhappy with the styling in the movie, criticizing it as "quite dull", and walked out of the premiere after ten minutes. [ [ SFGate: Daily Dish : Westwood: 'Sex Movie Is Dull' ] ]

Hats for Vivienne Westwood in the film are made by Prudence Millinery.

H. Stern loaned more than 300 pieces of jewelery to the film.


The soundtrack was released May 27, 2008 by New Line Records. The soundtrack includes new songs by Fergie and Jennifer Hudson (who plays Carrie's assistant in the film).

The film's soundtrack debuted at #2 on the "Billboard" 200, the highest debut for a multi-artist theatrical film soundtrack since 2005's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'". [Hasty, Katie (2008-06-04). [ Usher Scores Second Best Sales Debut of '08] . "Billboard". Retrieved on 2008-06-14] , and debuting at #6 on the UK Albums Chart, selling to date more than 55,000 copies.

A second soundtrack, "Sex and the City: Volume 2", was released on September 23, 2008, conciding with the film's DVD release, featuring the British singers Estelle, Craig David and Mutya Buena, among others (Amy Winehouse).



The film's international premiere took place on Monday, May 12 2008 at Odeon West End in London's Leicester Square to the audience of 1700. [cite web
title= Sex And The City stars want London audience to keep plot secret
publisher= Telegraph
date= 2008-05-12
accessdate= 2008-05-30
] It was next premiered at Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin on May 15. [cite web
title= SEX AND THE CITY - Germany Premiere in Berlin
date= 2008-05-16
accessdate= 2008-05-30
] The film had its New York City premiere at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. [cite news
title= Photo Gallery: 'Sex and the City: The Movie' New York Premiere
publisher= WCBS Newsradio 880
date= 2008-05-28
accessdate= 2008-05-28


Box office performance

The film has experienced commercial success. Opening in 3,285 theaters, the film made $26.93 million domestically on its first day. The three-day opening weekend total was $57,038,404, aggregating $17,363 per theater.cite web
title= Sex and the City (2008)
publisher= Box Office Mojo
accessdate= 2008-07-27
] The film recorded the biggest opening ever for an R-rated comedy and for a romantic comedy, [cite news
title= 'Sex and the City' is No. 1 at box office
publisher= Los Angeles Times
date= 2008-06-02
accessdate= 2008-06-28

] and also for a film starring a woman. [] As of September, 2008, the film has grossed $152,619,616 in US box office, and $247,835,011 in foreign box office, bringing the worldwide total gross revenue at more than $400,454,627.

Critical reception

The film received mixed reviews from critics. As of 28th of September, 2008, the review aggregator "Rotten Tomatoes" reported that 50% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 167 reviews (54% of positive reviews for their "Top Critics" designation, based on 37 reviews) — with the consensus that "Sex and the City" loses steam in the transition to the big screen, but will still thrill fans of the show." [cite web|url= |title=Sex and the City: The Movie Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes |accessdate=2008-07-05 |publisher=Rotten Tomatoes] "Metacritic" reported the film had an average score of 53 out of 100, based on 38 reviews. [cite web|url= |title=Sex and the City: The Movie (2008): Reviews |accessdate=2008-07-05 |publisher=Metacritic]

Brian Lowry of "Variety" said the film "..feels a trifle half-hearted", [cite web
title= Sex and the City Review
author= Brian Lowry
publisher= Variety
date= 2008-05-15
accessdate= 2008-05-30
] while Carina Chocano of the "Los Angeles Times" stated " [the film] tackles weighty issues with grace but is still very funny". She praised Michael Patrick King's work saying very few movies "are willing to go to such dark places while remaining a comedy in the Shakespearean sense". [cite web
title= Movie Review 'Sex and the City'
author= Carina Chicano
publisher= LA Times
date= 2008-05-30
accessdate= 2008-05-30
] Colin Bertram of the "New York Daily News" dubbed the film a "great reunion", and was happy with the return of "The 'Oh, my God, they did not just do that!' moments, the nudity, the swearing, the unabashed love of human frailty and downright wackiness". [cite web
title= 'Sex And The City: The Movie' proves that a great reunion is possible
author= Colin Bertram
publisher= NY Daily News
date= 2008-05-05
accessdate= 2008-05-30
] The "Chicago Tribune"'s Jessica Reeves described it as "Witty, effervescent and unexpectedly thoughtful." [cite web
title= 'Sex and the City:' Better than ever
author= Jessica Reeves
publisher= Chicago Tribune
date= 2008-05-31
accessdate= 2008-05-30
] Michael Rechtshaffen at "The Hollywood Reporter" praised the performances of the four leading ladies and said the film kept the essence of the series, but resembled a super-sized episode. [cite web
title= Film Review: Sex and the City
author= Michael Rechtshaffen
publisher= THR
date= 2008-05-15
accessdate= 2008-05-30

Manohla Dargis of "The New York Times" found the film "a vulgar, shrill, deeply shallow — and, at 2 hours and 22 turgid minutes, overlong — addendum to a show", [cite web
title= The Girls Are Back in Town
author= Manohla Dargis
publisher= New York Times
date= 2008-05-30
accessdate= 2008-05-30
] while "The Daily Telegraph"'s Sukhdev Sandhu panned the film saying " [the ladies] have become frozen, Spice Girls-style types - angsty, neurotic, predatory, princess - rather than individuals who might evolve or surprise us". [cite web
title= Sex and the City review: too many plugs and too few sparks
author= Sukhdev Sandhu
publisher= Telegraph
date= 2008-05-28
accessdate= 2008-05-30
] Rick Groen of "The Globe and Mail" slammed the film commenting on lack of script and adding that the characters "don't perform so much as parade, fixed in their roles as semi-animated clothes hangers on a cinematic runway". He gave the film zero stars out of four. [cite web
title= In this case, ladies, bigger is far from better
author= Rick Groen
publisher= Globe and Mail
date= 2008-05-29
accessdate= 2008-05-31
] Anthony Lane, a film critic for "The New Yorker" since 1993, called the film a "superannuated fantasy posing as a slice of modern life"; he noted that "almost sixty years after "All About Eve", which also featured four major female roles, there is a deep sadness in the sight of Carrie and friends defining themselves not as Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, and Thelma Ritter did—by their talents, their hats, and the swordplay of their wits—but purely by their ability to snare and keep a man....All the film lacks is a subtitle: "The Lying, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe." [cite web
title= Carrie: “Sex and the City”
author=Anthony Lane
publisher=The New Yorker
date= 2008-05-29
accessdate= 2008-07-05

Ramin Setoodeh of "Newsweek" speculated that some of the criticism for "Sex" is derived possibly from sexism: "...when you listen to men talk about it (and this is coming from the perspective of a male writer), a strange thing happens. The talk turns hateful. Angry. Vengeful. Annoyed... Is this just poor sportsmanship? I can't help but wonder—cue the Carrie Bradshaw voiceover here—if it's not a case of 'Sexism in the City.' Men hated the movie before it even opened... Movie critics, an overwhelmingly male demographic, gave it such a nasty tongue lashing you would have thought they were talking about an ex-girlfriend...The movie might not be 'Citizen Kane'—which, for the record, is a dude flick—but it's incredibly sweet and touching. If it's not your cup of tea (or Cosmo), must you really attack it so vehemently?" [cite web
title= Sexism and the City
author=Ramin Setoodeh
date= 2008-05-29
accessdate= 2008-07-12

Home video release

New Line Home Entertainment released a DVD and Blu-ray release of "Sex and the City: The Movie" on September 23 2008. [ [ New Line Planning September Bow for "Sex and the City" Blu-ray] , "High-Def Digest", July 9 2008] There are 2 versions of the film released in the US on home video. There is a standard, 1 disc theatrical cut (version seen in theaters) which comes in fullscreen or widescreen (in separate editions). Both discs are the same, except for the movie presentation. The only features are an audio commentary, additional scenes, and a digital copy of the film. Also released on the same day as the standard edition is the 2 disc special edition, which adds 6 minutes of footage to the film, along with the commentary from the standard edition DVD and a second disc that contains bonus features, as well as a digital copy of the widescreen theatrical version of the film. The only version of the film released on Blu-Ray is the 2 disc extended cut, which is identical to the DVD version of the extended cut.

The DVD has reached the #1 on the UK DVD's Top Chart and is the fastest selling DVD release of 2008 in the UK, selling over 920,000 copies in one week. It is way ahead of the 700,000 copies sold for Ratatouille which was, prior to Sex and the City's release, the best selling DVD of 2008 in the UK.


Rumors of a sequel to Sex and the City: The Movie have been circulating about the internet at the DVD release of the first film. [cite web|url=|title= Sex and the City the sequel? Sarah Jessica Parker says…|accessdate= 2008-09-22|author= Mario Sevilla|date= 2008-09-19|publisher= A+E Interactive] Reports on what Sarah Jessica Parkers intentions have run the gamut from ruling out a sequel altogether [cite web|url=|title= Sarah Jessica Parker says no to Sex And The City sequel|accessdate= 2008-09-22|date= 2008-09-19|publisher=] to equivocation on whether a suitable script could be written [cite web|url=|title= Parker talks 'Sex And The City' sequel|accessdate= 2008-09-22|author= Michael Thornton|date= 2008-09-20|publisher=] to all-but-confirming one will occur. [cite web|url=|title= Is 'Sex And The City' Sequel Going To Happen Or What?|accessdate= 2008-09-22|author= Chris Georg|date= 2008-09-21|publisher=]


External links

* [ Official site]

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