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‘Sex and The City 2’ Movie Review – I’m Luke Warm

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 I really wanted to like this movie.  I promise I did.  I was an avid fan of the series, and I threw a girls night out party for the first film.  Unfortunately, I didn’t like it.  It was merely okay.  The main problem involves the blaring lack of story.  The first act stays true to the tone of the series, with Carrie feeling that her marriage to Big has become stale, along with Charlotte experiencing the overwhelming demands of motherhood.  Then comes act two.  The girls go to Abu Dhabi, and the film creatively ends about 20 minutes into the excursion.  Abu Dhabi becomes the main character, and the girls become supporting players.  So much of the second act surrounds the surprise with Abu Dhabi’s grandor.  Wow! Look at this bathroom!  Wow!  Look at this shower!  Wow!  Everything is free!  When you find that all the dialogue in a film is about objects, I think the ship is sinking.  Aiden shows up briefly, and his appearance reminded me of another problem in the film – where are the men?!  Mr. Big is barely in it, and all the other supporting actors that we’ve grown to love are unused.  I kept praying that Smith Jared would swoop in to win back Samantha, but to no avail.  And I hate to admit this (gosh, I really hate it), but Samantha on the prowl came off as pathetic.  I don’t think it’s because she’s too old to be on the prowl, or that she isn’t as hot as she used to be (she’s still very hot), it’s that it simply didn’t work.  Perhaps it’s because I just want her to be with Smith, or it’s that it felt like a backwards leap – I can’t quite put my finger on why it didn’t work.  All I can say is . . . it didn’t work.  When the third act came around I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  Mr. Big will be back and boy do I love me some Mr. Big.  Well, I am sad to even call it a third act because it was probably under five minutes.  They quickly tied the “story” up with a big pink bow and ended the film.  I sat through 2 hours of Abu Dhabi for five minutes with Mr. Big?!  I’m pained to hit the publish button on this post.  I so badly wanted this film to be good, and the critics to be wrong.  So that I can sleep well tonight, I will tell you that the film is still worth seeing.  I love these women, I love these characters, and I love the fashion.  Go pay tribute!

  • Rachael

    bummer…

  • Rachael

    bummer…

  • Mindy

    I agree completely! The first part in NYC was great, but once it shifted to Abu Dhabi… lots of lame jokes, cultural insensitivity and no real story.

  • Mindy

    I agree completely! The first part in NYC was great, but once it shifted to Abu Dhabi… lots of lame jokes, cultural insensitivity and no real story.

  • Anonymous

    I agree Abu Dhabi was pathetic in both portrayals: the girls (who live in Manhattan penthouses) dumbfounded by a 6-star resort and no reprieve from the exposure of middle-eastern cultural flaws without any allusion to the beauty in their customs. Just tacky all around really. BUT. Take out the weird and pretty pointless UAE vaca and we were left with what we’d all been deprived of in the first film! Fun. Liza Minnelli singing Beyonce at the “gayest wedding” the girls had seen, the braless nanny, the glam, the fashion, the dirty jokes. It was fun. Was it rushed? Yes. Could it have been written better? No question. Did I leave with my mascara down my checks because one of the girls was dying of cancer and another left at the alter this time? No, thank God. So at least they brought the fun back; which is pretty much the only reason I’d want to see the movie anyway.

  • Anonymous

    I agree Abu Dhabi was pathetic in both portrayals: the girls (who live in Manhattan penthouses) dumbfounded by a 6-star resort and no reprieve from the exposure of middle-eastern cultural flaws without any allusion to the beauty in their customs. Just tacky all around really. BUT. Take out the weird and pretty pointless UAE vaca and we were left with what we’d all been deprived of in the first film! Fun. Liza Minnelli singing Beyonce at the “gayest wedding” the girls had seen, the braless nanny, the glam, the fashion, the dirty jokes. It was fun. Was it rushed? Yes. Could it have been written better? No question. Did I leave with my mascara down my checks because one of the girls was dying of cancer and another left at the alter this time? No, thank God. So at least they brought the fun back; which is pretty much the only reason I’d want to see the movie anyway.