Sex and the City 2

19 Jul

Title: Sex and the City 2
Year: 2010
Director: Michael Patrick King
Writer: Michael Patrick King, based on the characters by Candace Bushnell and Darren Star
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Catrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, John Corbett, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Lynn Cohen, Liza Minnelli, Miley Cyrus, Penélope Cruz
MPAA Rating: R, some strong sexual content and language
Runtime: 146 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 3.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 16%

The plot is extremely weak, the running time is excessive and the movie is a shameful addition to the franchise which has a legendary and great TV show and a decent enough first film, this really is just a mindless and pointless film, and a horribly dumb one, too, as it centers only in consuming stuff, be it fashion, food, houses, what ever you want, and sure, one can make an argument that the TV series and first movie were also about it, I mean, who would Carrie and company be without their Manolo’s, this wouldn’t be Sex and the City if the girls didn’t talk clothes over the phone, if there wasn’t a lot of product placement going on, but the series, and even parts of the first film, had a bit of substance to keep it all perfectly (and only barely in the case of the first film) afloat, while this film is just a lame attempt to make bank.

We start with a gay wedding which, what with all the credentials Sex and the City has had over the years with the gay community, seemed like a pretty stereotypical example of the gay lifestyle, complete with a Liza Minnelli appearance and all, that to me seemed pretty shitt to begin with, but anyways, marriage is what this film deals a lot with, remember, our girl Carrie is now married with Mr. Big, played again by Chris Noth who should’ve said no about this and just basked in the success of The Good Wife, but yeah, married life isn’t really that happy for them, Carrie wants to talk and go out with him, Big just wants to stay at home and watch old movies. As for the other three, Samantha is still the cougar we remember her as, Miranda is a lawyer and Charlotte is still raising the girls.

Then we move to Abu Dhabi, which one would think is just a lame attempt to try and get some sort of plot, and one would be right, because the plot is nowhere to be found, and what’s more, New York City is the fifth Sex and the City character, taking that away was a horrible mistake the girls pay highly for in this one, though, again, this is great for product placement, we get huge suites, high-end fashion that’s not necessarily always great but is always made by the big names in the game, and everything else you might expect from a Sex and the City film, but in excessive quantities and with more than a hint of desperation.

Sure, this is a film some fans of the show will enjoy, but I’m a fan of the show myself, and if you’re like me, you’ll be wishing you’d have avoided this one, yeah, the Manolo’s are still there, Samantha gets involved in an intense-even-for-her-standards sex scene and boobs are on constant display, covered or not, but the fact is this is just a tasteless thing that will stain the memory we had of this franchise which was once so incredibly well-written and how can’t utter a single clever sentence. As I said, some fans will enjoy this one, some, like me, won’t enjoy it at all, I just hope that all of us can somehow forget all about this when some years from now we remember the show. And yes, I’m giving this a passing grade, just because I don’t want to completely tarnish the fond memories the show has given me.

Grade: C


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