"Sex and the City" girls flabby on big screen

Fri May 16, 2008 2:50am EDT
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By Michael Rechtshaffen

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Big is not necessarily better for the highly anticipated "Sex and the City" movie, which reaches theaters on May 30.

When making a successful transition from TV show to motion picture, the trick always is to retain the essence of what made the series so watchable while at the same time addressing the demands of that larger canvas without feeling like a super-sized episode.

But while staying faithful to the former -- Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and the girls remain energetically true to form -- the nearly 2 1/2-hour feature tends to resemble the latter.

Not that the bloated result will deter the show's fiercely loyal audience, which should make the New Line/Warner Bros. release a potent girls night out destination, but it is unlikely to build on that fan base.

Essentially picking up four years later from where the Emmy-winning HBO series left off in 2004 (after six seasons), the movie efficiently brings everybody up to speed.

Carrie, no longer writing that weekly column, is working on her fourth book and is still in a stable relationship with Mr. Big (Chris Noth).

Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is living her fairy tale existence on Park Avenue with her hubby, Harry (Evan Handler), and the little girl they adopted from China.

The considerably more-stressed Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) is living in Brooklyn, struggling to balance a high-pressure job with marriage to her husband Steve (David Eigenberg) and motherhood.   Continued...

<p>Actresses (L-R) Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker arrive for the world premiere of "Sex And The City: The Movie" at Leicester Square in London May 12, 2008. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez</p>