SEX AND THE CITY 2
Director: Michael Patrick King
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Chris Noth, John Corbett, Raza Jaffrey
MPAA Rating: (for some strong sexual content and language)
Running Time: 2:26
Release Date: 5/27/10
Review by Mark Dujsik | May 27, 2010
first continuation of the HBO series in feature-length form came out when I was
on hiatus from writing. I saw it and
hated it. I also was not a viewer of
the show, having attempted to watch one episode on a self-imposed dare and
ending my foray into the world of "Sex and the City" immediately
comes Sex and the City 2, the
continuing vapid saga of four fashionistas from New York, whose lives of
gossiping and wearing (mostly ridiculous) expensive clothing are occasionally
interrupted by some mildly upsetting distractions and complications.
this occasion, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Miranda
(Cynthia Nixon), and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) win a free trip to Abu Dhabi to
stay in a luxurious hotel, have their every need served by their own butler, and
given each a car.
are problems at home, of course. Carrie
and Mr. Big (Chris Noth, at the height of smugness) are thinking of formulating
a plan to take two days a week apart from each other. Charlotte is afraid her husband (Evan Handler) might want to cheat with
their full-time nanny (Alice Eve). Miranda
quits her job to spend more time with her family (then realizes what a pain that
is). Samantha is fighting the
effects of menopause with various creams and hormone treatments.
an absolutely terrible series of events for the foursome, especially when
Charlotte's vintage dress is ruined by one of her daughters (Carrie responds
with an empathetic apology that sounds more suited to the news of the death of
immediate family member). Then, if
things weren't bad enough, Aidan What's-his-face (John Corbett) and Somebody
Jerrod (Jason Lewis) come back into the respective lives of Carrie and Samantha,
and Liza Minnelli officiates and acts as the entertainment for their friends'
major difficulty this time around is telling which is worse: the characters'
sense of self-entitlement or the actresses' sense of
self-congratulation—proudly forcing giddiness and staging "random"
giggles—as their characters' faux feminism knocks progress back a decade or so.
included is a level of judgment and intolerance heretofore unseen (or just
forgotten) in the characters. Whether
it's Carrie's scolding of Mr. Big's excessive use of the phrase "gay
wedding" while happily tossing in her own light-hearted barbs (It's ok,
though, because "the gays" are her friends) or just about every scene
involving the culture and people of Abu Dhabi, the movie reeks of backwards
class and taste. That's not even to
mention the endless puns, plays on words, and pop-cultural callbacks. Miranda's proclamation of "Abu Dhabi Doo!" might be the worst,
but there are others of near-equal retch value.
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