OK, I know this is a chick-flick, a girls' night out theme from the get-go. So, how can a man do it justice? Because, beneath all the glitz, glamour, East Coast fashions, and girl talk about sex, there is another story: a story that a man can relate to as well as a woman. It is a story about relationships and how good ones can go bad, and bad ones can be revitalized.
I don't believe I ever saw more than bits and pieces of the series when it was on television. To me, it just seemed to be another soap opera-style venue brought to a network that could get past restrictions found in the commercial airways. Never being a fan, I pretty much ignored it. In a theater, you're somewhat of a captive audience, and, therefore, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. And, I have to say that I'm glad I did.
The fact that the screenplay was written by a man (Michael Patrick King), who also directed it, probably had a lot to do with its ability to cross genders. The cast is much the same as it was on TV: Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (the ever-hot Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), and Miranda Hobbs (Cynthia Nixon) are the headliners once again. Mr. Big (Chris Noth) continues to be the love life for Carrie. An added bonus and delight is Jennifer Hudson as Louise, Carrie's Girl Friday.
The film doesn't try to maintain what was the primary subject of the series: 30-something single women's escapades in the big city, simply because that's all behind them (both for the characters and the actors). What it does instead is to bring things up to date. Charlotte and Miranda are married, with children; Samantha is off to Hollywood and running a successful business. Only Carrie seems to be more or less the same. She and Mr. Big are status quo, that is, until he decides to pop the big question.
In the ensuing moments in the film, Miranda splits from her husband, Charlotte begins a worrisome pregnancy, Samantha questions her fidelity to her hunk boyfriend, and Carrie suffers from the wedding from hell. But, fear not, everything works out in the end, just like in all good fairy tales. Along the way, there is plenty of time for the girls to stop and consider where they are in life and what really matters to them. And, I believe this is where the film shines.
We all have things going on in our lives that often detract us from what is most important: our relationships with those who are closest and dearest to us. Sometimes our personal needs and wants overshadow those of others to the point that it strains those relationships, often to the breaking point. At these times, it is vital that we are surrounded by people who understand and are concerned enough to be there for us. This is what happens in this film and that is why I was able to relate to it.
The dialogue was well written and fast-paced. Overall, it is worth the trip to the theater.