years, fans of HBO's most-watched sitcom can
finally exhale. Reunited and once again strutting the streets of Manhattan
sporting the latest by Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang, the Fab
Four is now on the big screen, picking up several years after the show's
open-ended finale, in which Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) finally
seemed to land her man.
For Parker, who produces and
stars, the resurrection of Sex and the City represents a labor of love too long in the making.
Initially derailed by HBO, which feared a movie wouldn’t make money, the
project was further delayed when co-star Kim Cattrall resisted the invitation
to reprise her role as lusty P.R. rep Samantha Jones. Even so, the idea
resurfaced when the sustained clamor of Sex-deprived fans moved New Line Cinema to take a chance.
spent the last two years of
my life resuscitating this movie, cobbling it back together however many dozens
of times and fighting to tell the story we wanted to tell with the people we
needed,” says Parker, 43. “It's hard to articulate how privileged and relieved
[director] Michael Patrick King and I feel to have reached this day. It's a
For the film, the interior of
Carrie's East 73rd Street brownstone was painstakingly reproduced, right down
to her original writing desk and laptop, which had been donated to the
Smithsonian at the end of the show's six-year run. (“They politely declined to
give them back,” she says. “I had to beg.”) While she admits that stepping back
into Carrie's apartment, an overstuffed shrine to the majesty of exotic dresses
and designer handbags, represented the most surreal moment of her four-month
shoot, she had no trouble falling back into a comfortably familiar routine.
Davis, who plays
preternaturally upbeat best friend Charlotte York, concurs.
“It was easy
to slip back into
character because Michael has such a gift for capturing our personalities and
investing them into his work,” she says. “My life is very different from
Charlotte's, of course, but the writers hear my voice in her. I don't know if
it's something they do consciously or if it's because we are all so close, but
the characters you see in the movie are reflections of the four strong women who
While staunchly refusing to
divulge any of the secrets in store for fans when Sex hits theaters this Friday, Davis, 43, admits to being
relieved by the enduring strength of her character’s marriage to Harry
Goldenblatt, the strikingly bald divorce lawyer who improbably won her heart.
Never married in real life, she acknowledges that finding a soulmate might be
something of a miracle in its own right, but is pleased that Charlotte has, at
long last, discovered her bliss.
Not that marriage (or anything
like it) is right for everyone. To Cattrall, 51 and dating a Canadian chef two
decades her junior, the idea that Sex and the City could end with Samantha as a reborn monogamist or, worse,
a housewife in training, seemed to fly in the face of her character’s
well-established passion for carnal indulgence. In that sense, the movie
allowed her to revisit a story that cried out for more fitting closure.
way Michael finished the
storyline for Samantha was interesting because I never thought she’d give
monogamy such a chance,” she says. “Granted, Michael knows these characters
better than anyone else, and they’re in his hands. But I think it’s important
that we not suggest a woman’s happiness is inexorably linked to her
relationships with the opposite sex. Maybe Samantha is better off alone.
way, if Michael is still
motivated to tell more stories about these women in the next couple of years, I
want it to happen. Will it? I didn’t know if this was going to happen. But
that’s the whole genius of Sex and the City. When we started, we thought it was going to be just
another cable show. It’s grown into something far beyond any of our
expectations, and the fact that we’re still here is a testament to that.”