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

 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!

Sex and the City 2 Cast Interview With Entertainment Weekly – Read the Highlights

I’d recommend getting the entire interview because they discuss the history of the show.  But read the highlights below.

Sarah Jessica Parker on her favorite scene
“[I]t’s the “up the butt” one.  If I had to pick one scene that people are like, “That’s what that show is!” in the worst possible way, it’s that one.  But in the best way, too.”

Kristin Davis on her first day with Sarah Jessica Parker
“Sarah Jessica had this big thing of Krispy Kreme doughnuts,a nd she invited me to her trailer.  She said, “Let’s hang out and get to know each other.”  We had 18 hour days, so we bonded pretty quickly.  The most famous person on the set, you take their lead.”

David Eigenberg (Steve) on auditioning for the show
“I remember having to fake an orgasm in their office once.  That was awful.”

Jason Lewis (Smith) on his first day with the show
“I was nervous as hell . . . .  I was supposed to be objectified by 30 or 40 women.  It was like a kid going to his first day at a new school . . . and I realized I didn’t know a single soul.  And then Kristin Davis came by and swooped me up.”

Chris Noth (Big) on the show in general
“it was just fucking funny in a way that’s irreverent, in a way that TV never was before.”

Sarah Jessica Parker Insists that She and Kim Cattrall Don’t Hate Each Other

In Sarah Jessica Parker’s new interview with Marie Claire, she was asked the invetiable question.  Is it true that she and Kim Cattrall hate each other?  No, insists Parker.  So why the rumors?  “Because the press has to put women in these boxes,” says Parker.  “Rather than show them as the movie portrays them: working together and being powerful.”  While it’s true that the press is filled with some blood sucking maggots, this particular rumor happens to have some merit.  There was a time when the ‘Sex and the City’ film was shelved, and Kim Cattrall was to supposedly to blame.  In fact, Kristin Davis admitted on Letterman that everyone was on board for the original film except one person.  Cattrall’s camp even released statements to the press that she had no interest in doing the film.  Cattrall said that she turned it down because “the timing wasn’t right.”  Though I’m guessing she was either offered more money or she realized that it was probably a good career move to continue the franchise.