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There's been no official word on whether Sex and the City 3 is happening -- but according Chris Noth, "it's over." The actor who played Carrie's on-again, off-again, boyfriend-turned-husband Mr. Big told New York Magazine that terrible reviews for Sex and the City 2 killed the whole franchise. And he's pretty bitter about it, too.
"The franchise is dead," Noth, 55, ranted to the magazine. "The press killed it. Your magazine f***ing killed it. New York Magazine. It's like all the critics got together and said, 'This franchise must die.' Because they all had the exact same review. It’s like they didn’t see the movie."
It's true that SATC 2 opened to scathing reviews, and that New York Magazine said the film "seems to justify every nasty thing said and written about the series." But we don't agree with Noth that the critics single-handedly killed Sex and the City.
When reading the reviews, one thing we noticed from most critics was a sense that they were let down; that they really wanted the second movie to be better. Many of them expressed being fans of the show who simply felt the movie didn't do the characters justice. The same complaints recur in almost every review: the writing didn't feel true-to-life, the product placement was over-the-top, the costumes and Middle Eastern vacation were tacky, and most of all, the wit and warmth of the show were largely absent. It's not that critics couldn't bear to spend another hour with Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte; it's that they spent two hours with them, and still felt like they hadn't seen them.
In truth, the film actually did pretty well at the box office -- just not as well as expected. For a third film, the logical approach would be to bring the characters back to New York, reassemble the writing team from the show, and focus on issues that regular women can relate to (much as the first movie did). At least one of the actresses (Kim Cattrall) is still holding out for more Sex and the City. And we bet quite a few fans are, too.
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