Sex and the City 2

2010-05-27 14:19
 
Sex and the City 2

What it's about:

It's been two years since Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) finally married Big, Charlotte (Kristin Davisl) gave birth, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) reconciled with Steve and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) swopped sex with Smith for sex with more men. Married life, kids, work pressure and hormones are taking their toll on the girls. Samantha organises a trip for the four to Abu Dhabi where they encounter the best and worst of the 'new' Middle East, while trying to reacquaint themselves with the vivacious vixens they once were.

What we thought of it:

I just wanted to see what happens next. I'm under no illusion that this is fine filmmaking or anything more than a theatrical fashion show. But when you got to catch up with these girls week after week for six years, your curiosity gets the better of you.

That's why the first movie worked. There were unresolved issues. That's not to say that this movie didn't work, but it was more of a chapter than an ending. It proves our characters' humanity. They've grown, changed their philosophies and they're still making mistakes. It's also odd that in this installment they're out of the city and out of action. No one's having sex except Samantha, and even she's had to employ some artificial help in the form of hormones.

The Abu Dhabi setting provides many interesting challenges for the girls, especially Samantha. And of course, when Carrie runs into Aidan (John Corbett) halfway across the world, what's a girl to do when she's all hot 'n bothered? It's almost too perfectly set up.

I honestly never realised how lame and campy the jokes were until now. The lines are getting worse – on the script and their skins. The characters have aged physically and emotionally, and I'm not sure I like the older, full-of-shit Carrie. As usual, she wants everything her way, and although her conscience still makes an appearance, it's hard to take her sincerely. She can't even cry properly!

Miranda has really broken out of her shell! She's found a new lease on life and she looks better than ever. She's definitely my new favourite.

The movie depicts the obvious differences between the NY ladies' liberal ways and the conservative dress and behaviour of Arab women. Suddenly, all men want women cloaked and silenced. But there is an opportunity to explore the similarities between the women, no matter what their culture. And what do all girls love? Pretty clothes.

However, stylist Patricia Field may be losing her touch. There's always one 'oooh' dress in these movies. Last time it was Carrie's Vivienne Westwood wedding gown from the first movie. But not so much in this flick. I hate to say it girls, but at your age you can't always pull off the thigh-high slit and bulging boobs.

There's a generous helping of new-age bubblegum philosophy and 'make your own rules' relationship advice. If Carrie and Big can make it, so can we! Yeah, right.

Look out for a yummy slice of home in the hotel – you'll know what I'm talking about!

I sincerely hope this is the end of SATC. It was fun while it lasted, but unlike its stars, it hasn't aged well. This movie feels five years too late.


It's just what you'd expect to happen next, without the sex or the city.

Zelia Coelho 2010/05/28 8:14 AM
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What a excellent movie. A must see.!!!!
Shaina 2010/05/28 8:29 AM
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I absolutely loved the movie. It was so funny, the beginning was a bit drawn out though.
Gwen 2010/05/28 10:11 AM
I absolutely loved the movie! All the woman look fabulous and can pull off anything! I can only hope to wear a slit in my dress at Carrie's age and look half as good! I dont agree with you, I feel they can do another movie!! Well done to all on this movie, I will definitely be watching at again! PS. When you keep saying how they dress too young for their age etc. It just makes you sound aged and jealous;-)
Blonde 2010/05/28 10:46 AM
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You are kidding right? Probably the worst movie ever!!
Jason 2010/05/28 10:52 AM
Sex and the City? Isn't that the movie about the elderly prostitute and her daughters?
Wendy 2010/05/28 12:52 PM
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I enjoyed this one more than the first movie, it was great and Samantha was even better than ever before. Makes you realise we all get older and actually become a little more cynical, also made me realise an old comment made by a friend - a bedroom is for loving and not a television, Mr. Big you proved that to be right.
Shelley 2010/05/28 12:58 PM
I liked the movie but lacked some "pizaz". Too many chessy lines too. It'll do for a chick flick but dont expect too much.
Shelley 2010/05/28 12:58 PM
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I liked the movie but lacked some "pizaz". Too many chessy lines too. It'll do for a chick flick but dont expect too much.
Ellmari 2010/05/28 1:04 PM
Off to see the movie tonight. I absolutely loved the first movie and must say, I was a bit concerned after reading the review. But judging by the amount of people who liked the movie (more than the critics), I'm sure I will enjoy it!
Preshen Govender 2010/05/31 7:20 AM
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'Shrek' better than 'Sex'
Riki 2010/05/31 3:16 PM
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A horrible movie full of cheesy one-liners, bad outfit-choices and the effect of a long, drawn-out advertorial for everything from Pringles to a fancy hotel... Nope, this one does not do Sex in the City justice... perhaps that's why they chose not to feature the city as much as usual!
grant aubin 2010/05/31 3:53 PM
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I enjoyed the series, and the first movie. But this one was a total disappointment. Other than Samantha's "Lawrence of My Labia" comment, I didn't laugh once. I fully agree with the reviewer's opinions. I doubt they will do another movie after this one - which isn't exactly setting the US box office alight and has been roasted by the critics. It is frightening to think this messy, mediocre affair cost $100 million to make. And the girls - especially Sarah Jessica Parker - are really showing their age. The cinematography didn't exactly depict them in a flattering light.
kirsten 2010/06/02 8:31 AM
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bad. just bad. it was vulgar, offensive to the UAE, lines were poorly delivered, fashion was weird. just bad.
kirsten 2010/06/02 8:31 AM
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bad. just bad. it was vulgar, offensive to the UAE, lines were poorly delivered, fashion was weird. just bad.
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