Sex and the City

Rated 4.0

This is a girls’ night out. There’s plenty of gossip, no shortage on cocktails, and emotional outbursts are inevitable. But perhaps the most important factor is friendship, which is where the movie, like the HBO series that spawned it, shines. The four main characters—Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis)—have more or less stayed put. Carrie is still with Mr. Big (Chris Noth); Miranda and Steve are living in Brooklyn with their son; Samantha is living it up Hollywood-style with her hunky actor boyfriend; and Charlotte and Harry are raising their adopted daughter. Carrie no longer writes her sex column, which is appropriate because she’s no longer single and neither she nor any of her friends are having much sex (indeed both the sex and the city take a backseat in this film). Instead, she’s working on her third book, about love. So, her narration naturally takes a look at the love around her—both between women and men and between friends. Nothing is perfect on either front. An affair, a jilting and a spat between two friends spotlight the importance of love, and what can and can’t be forgiven.