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‘Sex and the City’: It’s gotta be the shoes

Howie Nave
Craig Blankenhorn / New Line Cinema Kim Cattrall, left, stars as Samantha Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes and Kristin Davis as Charlotte York-Goldenblatt in "Sex and the City."

It’s all about the shoes, baby. Manolo Blahnik shoes came into their own when HBO’s “Sex and the City” first premiered. But will the once-popular cable TV series reunite its audience for box-office gold, or will it look too important for its own former glitzy past?

One thing is for sure: This is the first movie I have ever seen where all sorts of fancy cross-promotions treated critics as if they meant something. One screening offered Carrie cocktails and New York-style glasses of mixed drinks along with Mr. Big gourmet hot dogs that just oozed all sorts of innuendoes. And all this for a movie, too!

It’s been four years since we last saw the oft-called Fab Four (Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte) on the streets of New York City, so seeing them again was a curiosity, especially with how things have changed in the economy – not that it matters with these girls, really. There is no recession for these gals of the high-fashion world. Names I never have heard of, such as Vivienne Westwood or Louis Vuitton, are like second nature in this film, but then I’m not too good with the latest fashion language.

In a way, this movie had to be released. In a summer movie season (and here it is, not even actually summer yet!) that has given us macho-oriented blockbusters such as “Iron Man,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and the upcoming “Incredible Hulk,” “Hancock” and “The Dark Knight,” it goes without saying that the women needed their specialized gal-pal flick where us guys could offer a payback for the movies we wanted to see on a date. But women who were fans of the TV show insist that Carrie & Co. celebrated male-female relationships.

The movie brings back the entire cast, which include Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones, Kristin Davis as Charlotte York-Goldenblatt and Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes. Chris Noth returns as Carrie’s elusive love, Mr. Big, and the big question is: Will they or won’t they tie the knot?

If you’re not familiar with the HBO series, don’t worry. Carrie brings us up to date with what has happened since the series finale, setting the scene for the present.

Even though four years have passed, the women remain the same: Bitchy, vamp-on-the-prowl Samantha never is satisfied. Her in-your-face sexiness, laced with expletives, counterbalances the sweetness of Charlotte, who with hubby Harry (Evan Handler) has adopted a Chinese toddler. Miranda still is as dark as ever and at times seems removed from her friends.

And then, of course, there’s the narrator of the group, Carrie. She’s the anchor of the lot and has most of the screen time centering on her explosive relationship with Mr. Big.

When the series first came out, it was bold, direct, suggestive and meant to shock with frank talk on sex. No subject matter ever was too taboo. In other words, it was the reason that premium channels were created on cable.

Well, it’s been a while now, and what once was shocking is kind of passé but still a very empowering formula for women. I don’t know how guys will feel about seeing this since, as usual, we tend to be the butt of the joke, and wow – some of the guys here are just that.

Oh, sure, there’s the occasional hunk, but pretty much eye candy that Samantha consumes regularly. If you were a fan of the HBO series, you’ll probably enjoy the film version here, even though it felt at times like all six seasons crammed into 2 1/2 hours.

In a way, this movie really should have been one long episode that wrapped up the series. Will there be a sequel? I doubt it, since it was a miracle that this movie ever got made in the first place. Maybe some of the actors were getting into character offscreen?

– Howie Nave is host/manager of The Improv comedy club inside Harveys and reviews films for seven radio stations throughout Northern California and Nevada, including Sirius Radio. He hosts “Howie’s Morning Rush” on Tahoe’s KRLT radio, and you can see his film reviews on RSN. For past reviews, blogs and audio clips, visit http://www.HowieNave.com.

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