The craze is back. The sexy women from New York City are hitting the big screen. Our favorite gal pals from “Sex and the City” are bigger than ever in the new movie-version of the highly successful HBO show.
The film catches up with Carrie Bradshaw and her friends four years after we last saw them, and promises to answer all our lingering questions: Will Carrie and Big finally tie the knot? Can Samantha really be satisfied with just one man? Will Charlotte ever get pregnant? Can Miranda and Steve actually live happily ever after?
But, before you strap on your Manolos and run out to the theater, here’s a reminder of who the major “Sex and the City” players are – including the drinks and shoes.
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker)
“Sometimes it is important to have a 13-year-old moment, to remember a simpler time when the best thing in life was hanging out, listening to records and having fun with your friends.”
The scoop: Carrie’s freewheeling spirit is reflected in her eclectic wardrobe. Think Saks Fifth Avenue meets the YWCA thrift store. A hopeless romantic, her job as a newspaper sex columnist allowed her to ponder the nature of male/female relationships. And Carrie’s on-again/off-again attraction to the charming Mr. Big provided her with plenty of fodder.
When we last saw her: Carrie had left Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov) after moving with him to Paris. After getting the blessings of Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha, Big arrives in Paris just in time to sweep Carrie off her feet. Carrie and Big, realizing they’re meant to be, returned to New York, ready to start over … again.
Now: Carrie is no longer writing her newspaper column, but is a sometimes contributor to Vogue magazine and is working on her fourth book. She’s a more mature Carrie, who’s hiring a personal assistant and still in a stable relationship with Big.
Charlotte York (Kristin Davis)
“… Women just want to be rescued. I’m sorry but it’s true. I’ve been dating since I was 15. I’m exhausted. Where is he?”
The scoop: Charlotte is accustomed to the finer things in life. However, the discerning eye she used to critique artwork in her former job as an art dealer failed her when sizing up men. Charlotte always believed that a Prince Charming – handsome, dashing and, of course, rich – would arrive and together they would live happily ever after.
When we last saw her: Charlotte had converted to Judaism and married her divorce lawyer, Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler). After many thwarted attempts to become parents, she and Harry finally had learned they’d been approved to adopt a baby girl from China.
Now: Charlotte and Harry are proud parents of Lily, the little girl they adopted from China. The newfound happiness has changed Charlotte, who’s now focusing more on other people.
Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall)
“If you’re a successful single woman … you have two choices: You can either bang your head against the wall and try to find a relationship, or you can just say screw it. Just have sex, like a man.”
The scoop: It’s no surprise Samantha’s a success in the competitive, image-conscious world of public relations. She is in her element among the movers and shakers of New York’s high society. Samantha’s a fashion plate whose thirst for designer clothes is matched only by her thirst for men.
When we last saw her: Samantha was facing some hard realities, including a battle with breast cancer, and the realization that she loved Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis).
Now: Samantha is still with Smith and has followed him (and his acting career) to Los Angeles. Living in a beautiful beach house in Malibu, she misses her life back in New York.
Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon)
“I would love to be one of those people who’s all: ‘We loved, thank you, you enhanced my life, now go, prosper …,’ but I’m much more: ‘We didn’t work out, you need not to exist.’ ”
The scoop: Armed with a sharp tongue and a quick wit, Miranda uses her cynicism to shield her from the stress her job (she’s a corporate lawyer) and romantic relationships (or lack thereof) generate. Don’t let her bark fool you. Her sarcastic remarks and serious pantsuits belie a soft, sensitive side. Miranda’s pessimism doesn’t protect her from heartache and insecurity as much as her controlled facade lets on. She always has been a source of strength for her friends.
When we last saw her: Miranda, now a partner in her law firm, had done several things she swore she’d never do: Married bartender Steve Brady (David Eigenberg), had a baby boy (though not in that order) … and moved to Brooklyn.
Now: Still in Brooklyn, Miranda feels cut off from her former life in Manhattan. A working mother going in five different directions, she’s experiencing the pressures of modern life.
Mr. Big (Chris Noth)
Carrie’s long-time, on-again/off-again love interest Mr. Big is back for the film, although in a new role: fiance. And this time, he’s engaged to Carrie.
Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis)
Boy toy Smith proved his worth and his devotion to Samantha during her bout with cancer. Now his hot acting career has taken him (and Samantha) to L.A.
Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler)
Charlotte’s divorce lawyer turned husband may be the opposite of preppy dream, but he’s all heart and a supportive husband.
Anthony Marentino (Mario Cantone)
Charlotte’s former wedding planner turned into Charlotte’s confidant and fashion consultant.
Steve Brady (David Eigenberg)
Miranda’s husband and father of her son, Brady, Steve still is a stand-up guy who will do anything for the people he loves.
Brady Hobbes (Joseph Pupo)
Little Brady is no longer a baby anymore. Now he’s a little boy in Brooklyn.
Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson)
Talent agent Standford comes with a lot of drama, but he may be the only man who has stood by Carrie’s side.
By Wendy Zang and Eric Goodwin