Sex and the City 2

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Sex and the City 2
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her fashion-conscious gal pals are back, and they’re taking the girl-power hi-jinks to a whole new level. First things first, though: the gay, gay, gay wedding of bestest friends Anthony Marantino (Mario Cantone) and Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson), where chorus boys sing ‘Sunrise, Sunset’, swans frolic among the guests, and Liza Minnelli officiates. Watching that queerest of queer icons risk her umpteenth hip replacement by performing Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ (dance moves and all!) is as suspenseful as a Hitchcock set-piece, and a difficult act to top.

So writer-director Michael Patrick King doesn’t even try. Instead, after this camp overture, we’re plunged headfirst into Carrie and friends’ familiar mock-troubled paradise: Ms Bradshaw’s relationship with the debonair Mr Big (Chris Noth) is moving further toward stifling domesticity. Neurotic mother Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is worried her braless live-in nanny has the hots for her hubby. Lawyer Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) quits her job after too many put-downs from her chauvinist boss. And Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is, well, horny as fuck. What a great time to take an all-expenses-paid trip to Abu Dhabi!

Taken in hand by this formidable foursome, the big, bad Middle East becomes a menopausal Westerner’s delight. One wrongheaded jaw-dropper follows another, from Samantha’s description of a gay manservant as ‘Paula Abdul’ to a comic climax in which the ladies escape an angry male mob by wearing hijabs and abayas given to them by like-minded Muslim women. And the featherbrained feminism the franchise specialises in reaches its apex when Carrie files her latest book, ‘I Do. Do I?’, beside Susan Sontag’s ‘Against Interpretation’. How do you say, ‘In your dreams, girlfriend’ in Arabic?

By: Keith Uhlich

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Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday May 28 2010
Duration: 146 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Patrick King
Screenwriter: Michael Patrick King
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker
Kim Cattrall
Kristin Davis
Cynthia Nixon

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:9
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Zoe F
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After recently binge watching the series, when on holiday in New York I couldn’t resist a SATC sightseeing bus tour and was exposed in a major way to the Sex and The City fandom. Whilst on the tour, the general consensus from these fellow fans was that the first film was worth a watch but not to bother with the second. However going against their advice, I decided to purchase both films as they’re going pretty cheap on Amazon these days (I’ve actually even seen the in Poundland since!) so even if I only watched them the once I wouldn’t feel too robbed. The first did not disappoint, but going into the second I was sceptical and had low expectations – however much to by surprise, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I was prepared for it to be though not anywhere close to being as good as the first.

The characters are still well represented and remain in keeping with the series and prequel, so you do feel as though you are picking up the stories where it left off. The storylines have always been farfetched at times, I do feel as though it has always worked for the franchise on the basis that it provides a surreal escapism and makes for easy viewing, which is still true with this but I felt as though it did tiptoe on the border of just being too unrealistic and just plain silly. With this it seemed to me that the screenwriters were running short of ideas in this sequel, as nice as it was to see Aiden’s lovely face again I couldn’t help but feel as though it was wholly unnecessary to go down that road of digging up exes – lazy blasts from the pasts are a pet peeve of mine, it’s that same feeling I get with Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason when she finds herself back in the company of Daniel Cleaver euurgghhhh...

I agree with many that an aspect of magic is lost with New York only being featured sparingly, in favour of exotic destination Abu Dhabi, however I prefer to think of this as a girls-on-tour spinoff as that sits much better with me rather than comparing it too heavily to the series. But with the new setting comes a few hand-in-hands moments where they missed the mark with cultural representation, though nothing too offensive for me personally that it can’t be overlooked to an extent (others might feel differently, I wouldn’t feel too comfortable watching this with a Muslim friend).

The shows main appeal for me was always the dynamic between the 4 unlikely friends, the humour and the way they bounce off each other is what has always given the show its charm for me – and I’m pleased to say that this has not been lost, which is the films main redeeming quality. One of my favourite moments was when Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte get up to do karaoke – something so simple, but it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling to see the bond between them.

I’ve awarded this film 3 stars as although it is watchable, it fell short of living up to the legacy of Sex and the City that came prior to it. It seems a shame that they’ve ended on this, a poorly received film. I wish they’d waited longer to come up with a better premise for the second film, it seemed to me they saw the dollar signs and this was a quickly churned out follow up, in a desperate attempt to continue riding of the success of the first film. A more considered, delayed complement would have been much better received… maybe it has been enough time passed for an final instalment which restores the standard of the originalsand ends on a high note? This reportedly has not been ruled out, but I’m sure some will perhaps feel it’s had its day and should quit whilst they’re ahead before running the good name further down to the ground.

Lauren

It should have known better. One star for being racist, ignorant, unintelligent and plain old tacky.

Zoe

Yes, Caitlin, you were watching a different film to the rest of us. The one we saw was "Sex and the City 2", which was trite, hackneyed, and patronising (the plot direction was constantly signposted miles ahead - presumably because the director thinks the target audience is a bit thick). I’m glad you’ll be buying a box set of the series, Caitlin. While passing through HMV on Weds I noticed a pile of them untouched, and further "reduced". They should have stopped after the first series. From the way you gush, Caitlin, you sound like one of those marketing agents who come to this site to promote a film, the box set, the "import" box set, the outtakes box set, the "import" outtakes box set, etc. Yawn. Boring film.

Frankie

It's basically a girly version of a big action blockbuster - not intended to win any awards, just give you many laughs and pretty things to look at, and frankly there's nothing wrong with that. I absolutely adored this film!

Frankie

It's basically a girly version of a big action blockbuster - not intended to win any awards, just give you many laughs and pretty things to look at, and frankly there's nothing wrong with that. I absolutely adored this film!

Stacey C

Come on girlys, accept this film for what it is....four womem and yes they are getting on a bit but they still have it, having a pop at men, enjoying sex and looking fabulous in all those designer frocks and shoes. Love it!!!

Celia

Yep, light and frothy aptly describes this film. If you have any brain cells, leave them at home - not only will you not need them for this film, they'll be deeply insulted that they were put through this 'experience'.

Sam(antha)

FOR DEDICATED FANS ONLY. One of the papers described SJP as looking like a "skeletal transvestite" - they're not wrong - put on some weight, girl.

JJ

Saw it last night and really, really enjoyed this film! It was camp, silly, funny, frothy stuff, which entertained. It wasn't pretending to be highbrow - just a great bit of fun and it delivered on this count.

JJ

Saw it last night and really, really enjoyed this film! It was camp, silly, funny, frothy stuff, which entertained. It wasn't pretending to be highbrow - just a great bit of fun and it delivered on this count.

Judy

Totally disappointed in this sequel. What made the series and first movie so great was the New York setting. I missed NY terribly... no real story to this sequel, just hijinks in the Middle East.

minnie

I LOVED IT! who seriously goes to this kinda movie expecting a groundbreaking storyline??!?! it was 2 and a half hours or pure escapism and women NOT taking themselves too seriously. I'm going to see it again!

minnie

I LOVED IT! who seriously goes to this kinda movie expecting a groundbreaking storyline??!?! it was 2 and a half hours or pure escapism and women NOT taking themselves too seriously. I'm going to see it again!

lolz

Bitterly disappointed! As a hardcore fan of the series I was gutted to see that the 5th character (i.e. New York City) hardly featured at all and the male characters were also prohibited from making an appearance for longer than 1 minute. The slap stick moments of comedy were cringeworthy and the need to shove in cameos from random celebrities was a tad desperate.

Harriet

The first film was really funny and the beginning of this one looked like it might be the same.Sadly no - after the funny start it was downhill all the way. No real plot and badly put together.I was a bit uncertain about all the muslim bit too - was it being utterly disrespecful,I couldnt quite be sure but it definately made me feel uncomfortable.

beatstreetpoet

Ian and other men who made silly comments - er have you considered at all that not EVERY movie out there is for your audience - just becos' you are maybe white male - that you wont like tge things women like ??? doh- if you like Black Death which i had to sit thro which guys clearly loved (yawnola) then you prob wont like STC2 go figure...

Cat

I think that the reviews people put on here are their own personal opinion and you can't truly know if you're gonna love the movie until you see it. I am a hardcore Sex&The City fan and i loved the new movie but you wont know for yourself until you go and see the movie. It was typically hilarious with not enough sex scenes!

Cat

I think that the reviews people put on here are their own personal opinion and you can't truly know if you're gonna love the movie until you see it. I am a hardcore Sex&The City fan and i loved the new movie but you wont know for yourself until you go and see the movie. It was typically hilarious with not enough sex scenes!

Ian

Well, that was 2 1/2 hours of my life I will never get back! The first fifteen minutes at the wediing is fun, very camp and nicely tiptoes along the thin line between parody and kitsch humour. Then you have to sit through 2 1/4 hours of rubbish. Lots of slow atmospheric shots, long unecessary padding out of a very thin plot, desperately dire dialogue and cliches. Probably the funniest thing in the rest of the film is SJP's bingo wings during the romantic meal with Aiden. To gve this film even one star is pushing it. The first 15 minutes is a four the rest struggles to register anything.

lisa

Woop Woop I cant wait for me and my girls to see this film!! why are all you haters even brothering to write on here? lol anit you got nothing better to do? if u never liked the series or first film then why bother???? oh yea you probably have nothing better to do with your day hahahahaha get a life and stop moaning about things you DONT have to watch if you dont ike them! FOOLS!!

lisa

Woop Woop I cant wait for me and my girls to see this film!! why are all you haters even brothering to write on here? lol anit you got nothing better to do? if u never liked the series or first film then why bother???? oh yea you probably have nothing better to do with your day hahahahaha get a life and stop moaning about things you DONT have to watch if you dont ike them! FOOLS!!

remy

perhaps you went a little bit too easy on this pile of wasted celluloid. the series never were good, the first movie already was outrageous, and I truly hope this is the last time we hear from these hagging feminists. (by the way, time out, come up with a new big list soon, because I'm thinking of buying a movie for my family(last time I bought "come and see" and "totoro", and I loved both))