"Sex and the City" film poses "big" question

Mon May 26, 2008 10:35am EDT
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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Do Carrie and Mr. Big marry or don't they? That is the question "Sex and the City" fans hope is answered when the long-awaited film about love and friendship in New York City hits theaters worldwide this week.

Writer Carrie's relationship with a financier known as Big, the love lives, and fashion choices, of her friends -- publicist Samantha, curator Charlotte and lawyer Miranda -- enthralled millions of television viewers during six seasons.

And now four years after the series ended they are back with fans desperate to know the fate of Carrie and Mr. Big.

"Those people who like the show will expect the joy and the good times and the whimsy and the clothes and the cocktails and the salty language," said actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Carrie and also produced the movie and TV series.

"But what they might not expect is that the shank of the movie is pretty sad," she said.

Based on Candace Bushnell's autobiographical columns in The New York Observer newspaper, the TV series won eight Golden Globes and seven Emmys and made Manolo Blahnik shoes and the Cosmopolitan cocktail household names.

The movie picks up where the series ended -- Carrie and Big are together, Samantha is in Los Angeles with her boy toy, Charlotte and her husband are raising their adopted Chinese daughter and Miranda is in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

"I always knew the big story left untold was literally the 'Big' story -- would Carrie and Big get married? What would that be if they did or what wouldn't it be?" said Michael Patrick King, writer and director of the film.   Continued...

<p>Actresses Sarah Jessica Parker (L), Cynthia Niixon and Kristin Davis look at a bouquet as they wait to film a scene on the set of "Sex in the City:The Movie" in New York October 12, 2007. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>