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Sex and the City

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Source: Catholic News Service

Frothy but morally flawed romantic comedy tracing the amorous ups and downs of a columnist turned author (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her three closest friends (Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon) after she and her longtime boyfriend (Chris Noth) purchase an apartment together. Conscientious themes of forgiveness and reconciliation as well as a generally positive view of marriage are swamped, in writer-director Michael Patrick King's adaptation of the popular cable-TV series, by errant materialism and an approach to human sexuality at once immature and indiscreet. Graphic sexual activity (some of it nonmarital and aberrant); rear, upper-female and partial nudity; sexual and scatological humor; two same-sex kisses; some rough and crude language; and two uses of profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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