As with the first movie, the Sex and the City 2 is really only a film for fans of the TV show. Those who did not watch the show and who did not spend six years wrapped up in the lives of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda will probably not be as entertained as hardcore fans. No one expects great cinema from a “Sex and the City” movie, fans just want to see more of their favorite characters and how the characters lives have changed and progressed. Despite the fact that Sex and the City 2 is a weaker outing than the first film, devoted fans will most likely be entertained and pleased.
This time around, each lady is encountering their own issues. Carrie is discontented with the routine her marriage has settled into; Samantha is fiercely fighting menopause; Charlotte ’s two children are more of a handful than she bargained for and Miranda is having issues with a condescending new law partner. All need a break, so when Samantha is offered a free first class trip to Abu Dhabi for a publicity job and invites her buddies, all accept. Of course, our fearless four have many amusing misadventures while on vacation and Carrie goes through a personal crisis that might threaten her marriage.
There are many entertaining bits in Sex and the City 2, such as the flashbacks to 1986 on how Carrie met all of her friends (complete with hysterically bad 80’s clothing) and the same sex wedding of Carrie and Charlotte’s best gay friends, which comes complete a gay chorus singing show tunes, decorative live swans and Liza Minnelli doing a frighteningly entertaining rendition of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”. There are also a funny scenes in Abu Dhabi when Charlotte and Miranda get drunk and have a heart to heart in their hotel and when the ladies sing “I am Woman” in possibly the coolest karaoke bar in the world.
But something that is missing from Sex and the City 2 are those relate- able moments that the TV show had – those truthful moments in life that every woman knows and that even those who think of a $50 pair of shoes as a splurge could identify with. The first SATC film still had these poignant moments, but they are scarce in this sequel and are sorely missed, as those were the moments that grounded the characters in some reality and made the show about more than just spoiled, rich girls with “fantasy” lifestyles.
Although setting the girls trip to Abu Dhabi affords plenty of opportunity for gorgeous scenery, an excuse for outrageously fun clothes and funny jokes about how Samantha’s sex drive and the conservative middle east really do not gel, it is a bit mystifying why the producers would send four sexually liberated characters to visit a conservative Muslim country and to have so many clichés about the Middle East in today’s political climate. But even though this part of the film can be slightly uncomfortable to watch at times, concentrating on the humor of the situations and the crazy shenanigans of beloved characters does help this issue fade to the background.
Ladies, in the spirit of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, do not drag your significant other to this movie; see it how it was meant to be seen, with your best girlfriends!