Set three years after the events of "An American Girl in Paris, Part Deux", the film begins with Carrie and Big viewing apartments with the intention of moving in together. Carrie falls in love with a penthouse suite, well outside their original price range, but Big immediately agrees to pay for. However, Carrie experiences doubts over the sensibility of this arrangement, explaining that they are not married, and as such she would have no legal rights to their home in the event of a separation. Quelling her worry, Big suggests that they get married.
Miranda is finding balancing her home, work and social lives ever more difficult, and confesses that she hasn’t slept with Steve for six months. She is devastated when Steve reveals he has slept with another woman, and immediately separates from him, moving out of the family home in Brooklyn and back to Manhattan. Samantha has moved to L.A. with Smith, who has a successful television career, but she is finding it difficult to take time for herself. She is traveling frequently between L.A. and New York, and grappling with her persistent desire for sex with other men, particularly their next door neighbor.
Carrie's wedding plans escalate into such a lavish event that Big begins to experience doubts. He is also reminded of his two failed marriages. After an argument with Steve at the rehearsal dinner, Miranda tells Big bluntly that he and Carrie are crazy to be getting married. On the day of the ceremony, he decides he cannot go through with it. He changes his mind and returns to the venue (the New York Public Library) in time to catch Carrie as she leaves, but she has already been left devastated. She and the girls take the honeymoon that Carrie had booked to Mexico, where they de-stress and collect themselves.
On her return to New York, Carrie hires an assistant, Louise, to help her move back into her old apartment and manage her administration. Charlotte is delighted to learn she is pregnant, although for several months is concerned that something might happen to the baby, as her life with Harry and their adopted daughter Lily seems to be too perfect. After reflecting on an argument she has with Carrie, Miranda agrees to attend couples counseling with Steve, and they are eventually able to reconcile. Samantha begins overeating to keep her from cheating on Smith, but eventually realizes that their relationship is simply not working, and that she needs to put herself first. The two break up, and she moves back to New York.
A surprise encounter with Big leaves Charlotte so furious she goes into labor. Big delivers her to the hospital, and waits until the baby, Rose, is born, hoping to see Carrie. Harry passes on the message that he would like her to call him, and that he has written to her frequently, but never received a reply. Carrie searches her correspondence, before realizing that Louise has kept his emails password protected from her, after she earlier announced she wished to sever all communication with him. She finds that he has sent her dozens of letters copied from a book she showed him in the weeks before their wedding, "Love Letters of Great Men", culminating with one of his own, telling her he is sorry and will always love her.
One hour before the locks are due to be changed on their shared apartment, Carrie travels to the home Big had bought for them to collect a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes she had left there. She finds Big in the walk in closet he had built for her, and the moment she sees him, her anger at his betrayal dissipates. She runs into his arms and they share a passionate kiss. After spending the final hour in their apartment together, talking and apologizing to one another, Big proposes to Carrie properly, using one of her shoes in place of a ring. They later marry alone, in a simple wedding in New York City Hall, followed by a get-together at a local diner with friends. The movie ends with the four girls around a table in a restaurant celebrating Samantha's fiftieth birthday, and making a toast to the next fifty. Carrie ends the movie commenting that love is the best label of all
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8 June 2008
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