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With: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Candice Bergen, Jennifer Hudson, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Mario Cantone, Lynn Cohen, Willie Garson
Written by: Michael Patrick King, based on the book by Candace Bushnell and the TV series created by Darren Star
Directed by: Michael Patrick King
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Running Time: 145
Date: 05/12/2008

Sex and the City (2008)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Pity About 'City'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

What's the difference between renting an entire season of "Sex and the City" or watching Sex and the City: The Movie? The movie is just a few minutes shorter. Seriously, the behemoth 145-minute running time for this lightweight romantic comedy is unforgivable, and that's only the first of this movie's problems. Our four friends get together once again for a series of heartbreaks, punctuated by so-called jokes. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is about to marry Big (Chris Noth), but problems arise. Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) has left her husband for cheating on her. Samantha lives in Los Angeles, working for and sleeping with a much younger, hot actor. And Charlotte (Kristin Davis)... well, her drama doesn't come until late in the movie, so I won't mention it. Writer/director Michael Patrick King is mostly to blame, taking several long minutes to get across a point that, someone like Lubitsch could have done in seconds. Annoyingly, Oscar-winning "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson continues her baffling career with a supporting role as Carrie's assistant (and a track on the CD soundtrack). Worst of all is that this so-called sophisticated comedy about sophisticated New York women in the 21st century resorts to jokes about humping dogs and pants-soiling.

DVD Details: Warner Home Video has released several different editions, including -- God help us -- an extended cut (available

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