Two years have passed since Carrie Bradshaw finally bagged John Mr. Big Preston, the man she was always meant to be with. Just as her friend Charlotte must deal with her young daughters terrible twos, Carrie must deal with her relationship taking a turn for the worse - Big likes to watch old black-and-white movies on TV and eat take-out food, which prevents Carrie from feeling like the free-wheeling party girl she used to be. Meanwhile, Miranda copes with a new boss that cant handle an intelligent, powerful woman, and Samantha works a public relations angle that gets the fashionable foursome an all-expense-paid trip to Abu Dhabi.
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Well, I'm just back from the movies and I have to say I had a greattime!But I did know what I signed up for: glamour and fun,exoticscenery and fabulous styling! So, in defense of the film, it had quitea few good laughs(and I assure you it was not just me, it had the wholetheater going). As for our girls, I've got to give it to Samantha(KimKatrall), she was the star this time, funny and so easy to relate tofor lots of women. I have to admit though that I was a littledisappointed by Sarah Jessica Parker. She seems like she has forgottenhow to act in some scenes. All in all, it was good fun on a summernight!Don't expect performances that meet the Cannes Festivalstandards,just the girls,the way we know them:fun and sparkly!!And whatreally matters to me is that I came out smiling and I still am. So forthat,it was worth my money and the two hours!!p.s.can the fashion get any better??AMAZING.really.
I laugh at many of the hate comments as what the hell did they expect?a romantic comedy? award winning performances? deep dialogues? Freudiancomplex character study? common give me a break!!! from the beginningyou should know this is all about lottes, handbags and oneliners fromstart to finish and homage to silly 80's chick flicks.and this is simply exactly what you get.while i will never understand what most woman think so great about sexand the city( fashion? shoes? what the hell?) so this is for gals whowill be thrilled to see their old heroines from back in the days oncemore on screen kicking everybody's ass! (oh and no i also like deepintellectual movies, its all about expectations)
One of the most horrific film watching experiences I've had in my life.I've never seen any of the series, nor the first film, but this isdisgusting, offencive, self obsessed and highly unlikable. The firsttravesty this film has to offer are the shallow and vacuous characters.In these hard economic times we are shown the troubles of women, whosebiggest problems include a nanny that doesn't wear a bra, a man puttinga TV in the bedroom, not liking your job as a lawyer, and gettingolder. Even just a glance at the first act of the film shows howdespicable these women are. Carrie gets mad at her husband for buying atelevision for their bedroom. He does this as they enjoyed a romantictime watching Black and White movies together. Despite this, she actsas though he has cheated on her. Later she forces him to attend a moviepremiere with her. He actually ends up having more fun than her, andchats with Penelope Cruz. After this she demands they leave and thengets angry when he watches some TV. These women are portrayed asvictims despite their incredible wealth. There is no learning curve inthis movie. The final conflict sees them racing to the airport and ifthey don't make it in time they will...HAVE TO TRAVEL COACH. This isall topped off with some offencive scenes involving the conservativebeliefs of the middle east. It's hard to judge if this film is moreoffencive to the middle east, women, or Americans. I pray there is noone in existence like these characters, as they are both baffling andfrustrating.
I have been so excited about this film since it was announced that asecond film was being made and wasn't in the least bit disappointed.Chris Noth has previously described this film as a "romp" and that'sexactly what it was: comedy entertainment with a vein of insecurityfrom each of the women, as we have come to expect from the series. Theuniqueness of this film as opposed to the series and the first film wasthe discovery of how Big feels about Carrie and marriage. His journey,I feel, makes this film fantastic. Big offers the audience a differentview of Carrie - a male point of view, something not usually present inSATC - and this complements the story in Abu Dhabi, of how the womenare completely muted in a strictly male dominated society. Those whocriticise the film of being racist are clutching at straws andobviously have no understanding of the premise of SATC - like theseries, this film invites discussion about changes in the women's livesand the barriers that they have to overcome for happiness in life andrelationships. They never condone Samantha's behaviour and she is, infact, encouraged to abide by the law of the country by the other girls.The depiction of the Abu Dhabi women is not malicious and is merely acomedic device to alleviate the strict lives that these women areobliged to live. The setting, while important to a degree, is merely abackdrop for a comfortable display of the girls' deep bond with eachother, occasionally being tried and tested, but ultimately, making themuntouchable. By bringing Aidan back, an alternative view of marriageand the idea that festers occasionally in a marriage that the grass maybe greener on the other side, is not just felt by Carrie. While thisfilm may not be as serious and emotional as the first, there are stillemotional parts. Who wouldn't be moved by Chris Noth's depiction of adevastated man when Carrie tells him she has kissed Aidan? Chris Noth'sincreased presence in this film, I think, shows a possible newdirection for another film. While the SATC brand is, and should alwaysbe, about the girl's and their friendship, Big's role in this moviemakes it brilliant and he should be more of a fixture in the future.This movie does exactly what it says it will: it is Sex and the City aswe know and love!
I went to see this film with my three girlfriends. We watched the firstfilm together and we thought it was great, so we looked forward towatching the sequel. First of all, I would like to emphasize that therewas a promotion and the ticket was not expensive. We didn't pay a lotof money and we didn't watch something that was worth a lot of money. Ican't say that I was disappointed by the second film. It has its funnymoments, but it lacks a strong story line. The first film had a betterplot. But what I can say for sure is that Samantha's behavior washilarious, she was great. You can laugh your head off. Also, I likedthe stunning views from Abu Dabi. They were great and you can reallyhave an idea about the country and its traditions by watching thisfilm. To conclude, I can say that Sex and the City 2 won't be the hitof the year, but it works for killing time.
I have never written a movie review before, but I am honestly toofrazzled with the extraordinary ignorance of "critics." I will be thefirst to admit that the execution of this movie could have been better;I would have liked to to see greater development on Miranda andCarrie's story lines (they missed a great opportunity there.) I do notbelieve the movie built an adequate momentum to support its verypromising premise. Additionally, I think they should have fleshed outhow Big stepped-in to quell Carrie's concerns. This movie speaks to thevery old axiom about the cathartic nature of reaching life-long goals,the accompanying fears and writing the rules for your own relationship.Personally, I have been in many relationships that have defiedconvention, the approval of my friends/family, and even sometimes, myown beliefs. This is part of the learning process. (Men typically willnot understand this as they expect women to conform to their man'sexpectations, thus they don't think anything of the difficulties womenendure in "shrinking to fit.") Everyone has been disappointed by anachievement or milestone not delivering the happiness it foretold.Honestly, it is so easy for everyone to hop on a "bandwagon," following"critics" more concerned with how their insulting barbs enhance theirown reputations, as opposed to critically evaluating intent andexecution. With regards to the "racist" nature of the movie, the factof the matter is that what was portrayed was accurate in terms ofMiddle-Eastern Culture- women are REQUIRED to dawn those garbs, andSamantha commits an infraction that MANY Americans make by attemptingto impose her American culture over the customs of a foreign country.The accusation of racism was made by persons pertaining to that faithand culture, because it is portrayed pejoratively when juxtaposed withAmerican standards. This movie is a Valentine to anyone who has everfeared life's many transitions, not being able to meet new challenges,and/or loosing themselves in the process.
Basically 2.5 hours of entitled characters complaining about theirproblems and acting spoiled. Carrie lives in an absolutely beautifulArchitectural Digest NYC apartment with an apparently upstandinghusband and has the emotional maturity of a 10-year-old ('omg! why didhe buy the TV when i _really_ want jewelry?' and 'hmm... is it RIGHTfor a couple to spend time apart?'). Samantha is kind of disgusting(one scene has her stripping down her underwear while still at her deskand applying creme there in a glass office while in the presence of hersecretary). Miranda replays the same trite old work-life balance plot.Charlotte complains about the misery of her life (the nadir being herdaughter putting dirty hands on her vintage cream valentino skirt, andunable to understand how people take care of kids without full-timehelp and a housekeeper). The scene where they employ 4 white Maybachsto drive 4 people to the same hotel makes the environmentalist in mehurt. Also, the way this show treats gays and lesbians is incrediblysimplistic, particularly the last scene where the narrator notes"Charlotte's nanny enjoyed the company of other nannies,"cocker-spaniel style. Ugh. The dialogue is pretty much the dumbest thing I've ever heard in amovie, but it's not much worse than Sex and the City 1. All the jokessound like anodynes or clichÃ©s and is accompanied by the appropriatefacial expression. Some fashions are really lovely, but some are utterly ridiculous --like Carrie wearing a ballgown to what looks like a street fair. Somescenes- -the women undressing to reveal the nyc spring collections, anda rendition of 'single ladies'-- can only be described as bizarre. The only redeeming quality is the beautiful visuals, landscapes, shotsof the 'good' life ruined by these actors.
I can't believe the terrible reviews!! This was exactly what SATC issupposed to be - fun and funny, and oh so girlie! It totally capturedthe spirit of the beloved show and characters. If you were a fan of theshow, how can you not love this movie!? SATC1 movie, on the other hand,was kind of depressing. This movie was a riot! I LOVED it!! It was justwhat the fans ordered!!! Hot men, cool fashion, glitz, exotic location,true friends and Aidan! So great to see Aidan and the chemistry betweenhim and Carrie. Everyone in this movie looked AMAZING - All those hotmen, and all the gorgeous ladies. The gay wedding was hilarious. Can'twait for SATC3!
Summary: Good not great. If you miss the ladies, you'll want to see itregardless.The 1st sex and the city movie was a gem to me. I loved it, I thoughtit was bright and all us SATC fans were dying to catch up with thecharacters and where they'd been since the series. There were alsosurprises in it Steve cheating!, the way Carrie gets left at the alter,Charlotte pregnant.SATC2 had none of that in my opinion.NO SURPRISES: I really wasn't surprised about anything. Aidan is back(OK we all knew that), Charlotte gets a nanny, Miranda quits her job,nothing really earth shattering here.WHY: I had heard about Penelope Cruz being in this movie for a whilenow and that she would be a potential other love interest for BIG.While I don't care much for her I thought, hmm OK, interesting twist, Ican see a good complication there for Carrie. Nope. She was there for 1scene -maybe 5 mins and poof no more Penelope. I ask myself, really?Why was she even in the movie? They could have hired any good lookingwoman with decent acting skills to play that role. I kept thinking shewould pop up again later (possibly BIG cheating on Carrie with Penelopeafter hearing her Aidan news) but it never happened. Pointless.SMITH: Why tease the audience with Smith reconnecting with Samantha ifhe wasn't going to even be a real part of this story? Other than himhelping Sam connect with the guy wanting to build hotels he wasn'treally in this movie. Again, huh? Pointless deux.A PLUS: SATC2 does have something going for it that the original didnot. The characters were more themselves this time around--or rathermore in line with the personalities seen on the series were. I alwaysfelt the 1st movie was great but the characters were a wee bitdifferent, almost too evolved. I missed these girls more--they werefunnier.The Clothes: I'm not sure why I've seen repeated reviews about theclothes sucking in this movie because I have to disagree. I thoughtthey were great. Fashion is ever evolving and I happen to think PatFields did a great job keeping these girls looking great but all withtheir distinct personal style. Great to see Miranda not looking 100percent perfect all the time and having some casual attire moments. Shewas way way too dressy in the 1st one (although stylishly so). AndCarrie back to wearing see thru dresses with visible panties, tacky butthat was the Carrie I remember, glad to see that part of her stillexists!BIG and Carrie: Loved seeing them together more and their domesticissues. I think the best part of their scenes came when he picked herup at her old place. There was a collective awww in the crowd. Lovedit. Though I think BIG forgave her too fast for the kiss, but whatever.And is it me or is Chris Noth looking 50 million times better than the1st movie. He lost weight and is looking great!General Plot: A bit all over the place in my opinion. I think they weretrying to do too much at once and I don't think it always worked. Ialso think that most of the fans, love the New York of SATC and wouldhave preferred to spend most of the time there versus abu dhabi. Iwould have also loved to see Carrie writing more. Did we really see herwriting much at all in this movie? Blink and you missed it.Lastly: Was anyone else wondering why those Liza Minelli scenes lastedso long? And was anyone else as disturbed as I was? No offense to theLiza fans but eh...I think we could have done without most of it. Justlike the girls singing. It was cute, but did it need to go on so long?In Short: Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate the movie but I'm not sureit lived up to my expectation of what I had hoped it would be. Theladies themselves were in fine form though. Personally better than theywere the 1st go round. They may want to take more time creating abetter script (as with the 1st one) if they decide to do a SATC3.
I'm a rare breed...a heterosexual male who enjoyed "Sex and the City"on HBO. I don't have the DVD set between my ass-cheeks or anything likethat, but it's a good show. This movie, on the other hand...I'll sum itup with the word "stinks".There are plenty of problems I have with the finished product. Firstoff, the movie is set in Abu Dhabi...a location where most of theaudience couldn't find on a map if they were given a flashlight-hat, amagnifying glass and a clue! And, by the way, movie producers, theshow/movie is called "Sex AND the City". And that city is NEW YORK,clowns! Half of the identity and allure of the show is that it is setin New York. This sequel being set in Abu Dhabi would be like making asequel to "Waterworld" and setting it in the Sahara desert! What anabsolutely utter, moronic decision to cast it in Abu Dhabi. Whogreen-lights these types of decisions...and is there any way to havethose people rounded up and savagely killed in a public setting?!Secondly, and trust me, I'm completely aware that Hollywood is going tomilk this cow completely dry...but the basis of the TV series was thetrials and tribulations of 4 middle-aged women trying to find their wayin relationships and in life. That type of show inevitably brings a"best by" date along with it though. And that date has clearly passed.The show now resembles 3 rich and snobby above-middle-aged women...andtheir Grandma. People get old. Plots (excluding cartoons andsuperheroes) get stale. It's inevitable. No need to trounce around a53-year-old Kim Cattrall spouting cringe-worthy lines that no50-plus-year-old women would ever utter! (Example: After meeting awell-to-do Arab man, Cattrall announces "He's the 'Lawrence of mylabia'!") Ouch. I had to pause and take a shower after writing thatline! There's bad puns and there's bad puns...but that one takes thecake! A common theme from the general public in regards to theshow...which is understandably getting louder and louder over theyears...is the question of "Are there any humans on Earth that actuallybehave in this manner?!" You've got one girl, Cattrell, who's such aslut, she puts a drunk and coked-out Lindsay Lohan to shame! With hersexual past, I wouldn't touch her with a hazmat suit on! Kristen Davismanipulates more partners than Glenn Beck does viewers. And SarahJessica Parker - her love interest is nicknamed "Big". If that's not aslut for you -- nicknaming your boyfriend based on his member -- Idon't know what is! I don't know any guys who would actually date anyof these girls. They are high-maintenance, petty, gold-digging,partner-jumping, manipulating whores with apparent mental issues.And what's up with the running time?! 2-1/2 hours for a show about sex,gossip and relationships?! This isn't "Schindler's List" material youknow! Liza Minnelli makes an appearance for comic relief...with theexception that she didn't really bring any comedy. Doing the whole"laugh-at-the-old-lady" routine isn't that bright considering your castis all 40+ or 50+ aged females. Just horrible.Trust me, it's awful.Thank you for reading! JD
This review is from: Sex and the City: The Movie [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) I was looking forward to this movie for a long time. I saw it in theatres and had to purchase it when it was available on DVD. I have to say I was not disappointed at all. I loved the movie. I think it was just as good as the show and I have classified it as one of my all time favorites. Even my husband who saw it with me, loved it.
So, it's NOT the most believable movie and is completely over-the-top.Sure, it was a little long--but so was the first movie.Catching up with Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha was great fun.They're aging, maturing and still finding themselves. Having them go toAbu Dhabi was perhaps a weird choice, but it gave them--especiallySamantha--a chance to have some great fish-out-of-water moments. I washappy to have gotten to go along for the ride. These girls just wannahave fun -- and they did!People who weren't fans of the series would obviously not want towander into a screening. Those fans who are screaming that the moviewas horrible and not realistic should maybe re-examine the originalshow. It was a fantasy (not as broad, perhaps) as well. Hello? In reallife could Carrie, a newspaper columnist, ever be able to afford herNew York apartment and all of the clothes/shoes she had? Heck no. So,with this movie expanding the camp/fantasy aspect of the show, I wasmore than okay with.And I truly believe that each character grew a bit. Charlotte admittedto herself it is hard being a mother. Miranda was able to make hercareer into something that made her happy. Carrie was able to make herlife with Big that much better and Samantha... Well, okay, Samanthahasn't changed much---but she doesn't want to change. She's keepingherself well preserved (and that produced several wonderful moments andlaughs).I had a great time seeing Carrie and the girls again. It was anescapist fantasy. It was fun, it had some great laughs...and it was agood time. What's wrong with that?
Getting dragged to a chick flick is like having your brain molested bya pelican. I'm not sure "Sex and The City 2" qualifies as a chickflick, though. Call it a menopause movie, consumer porn cosmopolitanismfor free-spirited forty year old "feminists" who, oops, are totally menobsessed and can't stop fretting about finding Mr Right.If the TV series celebrates glitzy fashion, the luxuries of New Yorkand constant accessorization - or so I'm told... I've never seen anepisode in my life...honest Â this movie suggests that the ultimateaccessory is the male phallus. I got a business idea for Coco Chanel.Why don't you come on over and make a mould of my crotch? Less a movie than a boy band with breasts, "Sex and the City 2's" plotonly gets interesting when the girls Â Tiffany, Amber, Trixie andLafanoquesha....oh wait, this is strictly a white fantasy Â go to theMiddle East, where their American values, chic clothing and brazensexuality shock locals. And by "locals" I mean uptight and sexuallyrepressed Muslims. And by "sexually repressed" I mean their religionallows them to have multiple wif...wait a second.It's not long, though, before Muslim women are dropping their hijabsand absorbing fashion tips and the hottest high street trends from ourglitzy heroines. Take that Allah! The film then ends with some Ken doll hunk telling our botox injectedhorse faced heroine that he loves her because "You're not like anyoneelse". Yay, consumer individualism wins again, our hero living happilyever after, though she's conveniently forgotten that there are now athousand copycats in Iran looking just like her. A word from EmmaGoldman: "As to individualism, at no time in human history did it haveless chance of expression, less opportunity to assert itself in anormal, healthy manner." Ohhh, burn.In terms of aesthetics, the film has the nondescript, anonymous look ofmost TV to Movie transitions. The film was directed by Michael PatrickKing, whose IMDb profile picture provides good laughs (What? Thisreview went AWOL at "pelican"). As near as I can tell, the message ofKing's movie is that lesbians are OK, individuality costs, penisesbring happiness and the Koran isn't sexy. Speaking of lesbians, if aguy has a sex change and is attracted to women, is he a lesbian? Andisn't that what this movie is secretly telling me to do? I don't know.Great movies inspire deep thoughts. But so does sleep, which I didthroughout this film's first two acts. And by "acts" I mean pelicanmolestation sessions, or PMS for short. Yes, guys suffer from it too.10/10 Â Masterpiece. Multiple viewings required.
I was really hesitant to go see this because I lived in the Middle Eastfor a number of years, and to think of the SATC ladies visiting therewas a complete "what the F?" for me. The first SATC film wasn't evenable to be shown in the Middle East, so why go there as the filmsetting? Now that I've seen the film, I can say that the set-up forthat was handled perfectly. Their experience is just as it should havebeen given who they are.There were some laugh out loud moments, some interesting insight, andthe 2.5 hours flew by quickly. The characters and theirrelationships/experiences have moved on since the last film, and someof the discoveries they make are ones that seem inevitable as one ages.Definitely a popcorn movie, and it's just so good to see the SATC teamback at it!
So I've seen Sex and the City: The Movie and I thought it was belowaverage (4/10) but does the second one improve from the first movie'sflaws? No, it doesn't! If anything, it's added more flaws. The storywas very basic and not in a good way, it was boring and not interestingin the slightest. The girls basically moaned about their lives soSamantha manages to bag the women a holiday to Abu Dhabi where theymoaned even more (except for a couple of scenes). The characters werepoorly written this time round as all of them did nothing but nag, moanand bitch about everything in their lives. If they weren't bitching totheir families, the women would get together over lunch and have a goodbitch at their lives. The acting was so-so, there were a couple of okaymoments when the actresses didn't do a bad job but there were a lot ofmoments when it was bad. The direction is rubbish, the writing is ajoke and the script isn't fun at all.Sex and the City 2 tries to be something it's not: Fun, sexy and smart.The worst thing about the movie is, yet again, the runtime. Two and ahalf hours is simply too long for this movie and the plot was verythin. I could have very easily cut sixty minutes out of the movie andyou wouldn't miss anything. The only reason why I saw this was becauseI saw the first and I very stupidly thought that it could improve, butit didn't. Another thing that bugged me was the stuff they werewearing. This movie is supposed to be all about glamorous fashion andthings but half the stuff they were wearing looked horrible, I couldn'tsee any woman with a sane mind wearing half the stuff they displayed inthe movie. The characters were yet again stereotypical but this time,it was more blatant and in-your-face. The acting wasn't very good atall, they did a better job in the first movie. The 'funny' scenesaren't funny at all, except for the parts with Erin the Irish Nanny whomade Samantha jealous. Overall, one of the worst movies this year andpossibly one of the worst chick flicks I have ever seen and in evenworse news, if the rumours are true, it's possible that it could be atrilogy! God help the world of cinema! Read more reviews at: www.dudedazzmoviereviews.wordpress.com
I almost didn't go see this movie because the reviews were so bad andexpected the worst. Well, I was pleasantly surprised that it still isthe same Sex and The City I loved and own the entire DVD collection of") Honestly I do believe the bad reviews come because of the honestportrayal of how women are treated in Islam. Politics rule Hollywoodand the masses tend to follow. Wonder if all the people who voted hereeven actually saw it or were ever fans of the series in the firstplace? Sorry ya'll, this movie rocked just like the last and the seriesbefore it ") Get your heads out of your asses and learn to have fun!These gals encompass everything women are and struggle with and dreamof being and do it in a fun entertaining way. The over the top outfits?Every girls dream of playing dress up! It doesn't stop after Barbietakes the backseat to boys and dating, it stays with us all of ourlives! Extravagant trips? Hello? We'd all take em if we could affordem, and when not we can live vicariously through the fantasy life ofmovies. Men, dating, marriage, kids? We can all relate especially thoseof us in our 30's and 40's. For all you haters, I'd go see it again andagain, oh yeah and I'll be purchasing the DVD ")
I went into this movie with little hopes, after hearing the criticalmauling it had received I thought to myself "oh please.. one of myfavourite shows of all time.. don't be a big old mess". So I hadlowered my expectations and took the movie for what it was.. an all newextra long episode, that I used to look forward to on a Friday nightback in the day. I have to admit seeing the first movie I was extremelylet down, but after repeated viewings I now appreciate the story it hadto tell, our girls are all older now and have new chapters in theirlives. And I must admit I was hooked, it had all the same sparkle theshow had when It first aired, the cast all accounted for done anamazing job with what they had to work with. Samantha again stole theshow with her nympho quips and one liners, Charlotte played up her"pookeepsied herself" joke with an all new set of embarrassments,Miranda had lightened up and of course Carrie, is still our Carrie,only she is married and pondering so. You'll laugh, you cheer, you'llcry... Sex and the City.. how i have missed you! Don't believe thenegative reviews and critic bashing.. go with an open mind. BIG THUMBSUP!!
Two years after the first movie, and Carrie(Sarah Jessica Parker) andBig(Chris Noth) are settled in married life, but soon Carrie feels thespark that what there marriage romantic, is slowly dying, andMirandas(Cynthia Nixon) work life is in chaos, but her family life issecure. But Charolletes(Kristen Davis) family life is in chaos, and isworried that the new nanny(She's out of my leagues, Alice Eve) ismaking a play for her husband(Evan Handler). And Samantha(Kim Cattral)is the only who is content with her life, and she gets an offer totravel to Moraaco, and decides to take her three friends, will this bea life changing experience? Not has good as the first, I felt that the spark that made Sex and theCity fun to watch, was not there for the most part. Although there weresome funny scenes. Even a scene with Kim Cattral in Moracco. LizaMinnell has a good scene, doing musical number by a famous artist, I'llgive you a hint it's not Lady GaGa. And I liked the scenery in Moracco.John Corbett appearance as Adian showed interest. But other than someof the spark was missing.
This movie was AWFUL. I was a fan of the series, and I would have giventhe first film maybe a 6, but this was almost unwatchable. I think Istuck through the end simply to see if there was something redeemingabout it, and no, there wasn't.I won't get into specifics because the other reviews seem to cover it,but think of the most vapid, self-absorbed, arrogant and unlikeableperson you know, and that's this movie. It makes no sense, and I don'tknow what demographic they were reaching for, but I wouldn't want to beany of these women if you paid me - if this is supposed to be"glamourous" and chic, count me out.
A lot of people exercise their brains with puzzles found in thenewspaper. Sudoku is a prime example. The variety published by atypical paper can usually be solved in less than 5 minutes, or at leastthat's been my experience with them. The goal for me was to grab anissue of The Kansan, take a seat in class, and have the Sudoku finishedbefore learning was to commence. I didn't have class every day, so whenI didn't need the Sudoku I kept the paper. A small pile sits next to meas I type this review. I never got to working a single puzzle aftergraduating; I found that writing and talking about movies was a moresuitable exercise for me. It seems that the worse the movie inquestion, the more mistakes there are to find. For that reason alone,Sex and the City 2 is a good brain teaser.The adventure begins when Carrie Preston (Sarah Jessica Parker) andfriends Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), andSamantha (Kim Cattrall) attending the wedding of their best gayfriends. Since this is based on a long running TV series, I'm sure fansof the show found more significance to the scene than I did. In my eyesit was the most logical way to present Liza Minnelli as herself singingBeyoncÃ©'s "Single Ladies". It's a scene that can't be unseen, and Iknew instantly that it would haunt me for the rest of the summer.Everyone at the wedding makes Carrie feel bored with her life now thatshe's settled down with Mr. Big (Chris Noth). The most bizarre way thisis accomplished is by having a random couple tell them they will belonely if they don't have children. Then wouldn't you know it,something ridiculous happens and the girls get flown to Abu Dhabi wherethey are treated like royalty all because some sheik wants Samanthawork a PR campaign for his property. But don't worry, our leadingladies forget about any logical objective and proceed to flaunt whatthey got in the desert.I realize this movie didn't have me in mind when it was created. Thisis my first experience with the girls of Sex and the City and from whatI gathered I can see why an hour-long TV program running on premiumcable would be a hit. These girls are rude, and vulgar, but they playoff of each other like champs. When they are seated at a tablegossiping is when Sex and the City 2 shows any hint of a shine. Theproblems then smudge that polish.I've never seen so many costume changes. I'm convinced it's the drivingpoint behind the narrative. Every scene is constructed to show whatCarrie and the girls can put on then lead to another situation for themto dress up. No movie should be so shallow, and even worse they lookflammable and toxic. I wasn't sure if the running gag is that Carriedoesn't know she looks like a low rent streetwalker, there's a sign oftrouble if ever there was one.No care is shown with the characters. Samantha sleeps with absolutelyany guy regardless of the situation, and the outcome is too much tostomach. Miranda has a subplot about needing to balance work and familywhich gets lost in a sea of plunging necklines. Charlotte frets abouther husband cheating on her with their nanny every 10 minutes. Lastly,Carrie is simply too selfish to be likable. She has a husband who seemsto be doing a fantastic job by everyone else's standards. To her, heneeds to do more and this sets her up for a lamebrain, and oddlypredictable, encounter with an old flame.The wanton excess of this movie leaves no doubt as to why the worldhates us. Sex and the City 2 is a better terrorist motivational toolthan it is an enjoyable time at the theatre. These girls are easilyliving the life in New York before the film takes its sweet time tosend them to the Middle East where everything is ratcheted up to 11.They each get a personal Maybach 62 S so they can be chaffered to andfrom locations where they can offend locals and change clothes. There'san occasionally clever line but that won't vindicate watching it.