I didn’t get HBO when Sex and the City originally aired, so I didn’t see the show then. I eventually saw the show when edited versions of the episodes ended up on other stations. While I managed to enjoy the show overall, it was never a favorite. I watched the first movie after it turned up on HBO. I didn’t care for it and I had no plans to see Sex and the City 2. I finally gave in and watched it on HBO.
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The girls are in Connecticut for the wedding of Stanford Blatch and Anthony Marentino. John and Carrie end up watching old movies in their room, trying to ignore the competing sounds of Charlotte’s children screaming bloody murder and Samantha screaming in ecstacy. Once they are back home, they all are trying to deal with their new issues. After two years of marriage, Carrie is worried when John would rather spend time with her at home than go out every night. Miranda is having problems at work and feels she isn’t appreciated. Charlotte is struggling to be the perfect mother and she is worried that Harry is going to have an affair with the young, attractive nanny who doesn’t seem to own a bra. Samantha is going through menopause and taking all sorts of hormones in an attempt to deal with it.
Samantha is asked by a sheik to do PR for his business. He offers to fly her and her friends to Abu Dhabi. The four friends head off while still dealing with their issues. They don’t pay much attention to the local customs and spend their time shopping. Carrie runs into her ex Aidan and agrees to have dinner with him despite her friends warning her against it.
After the first movie, I felt that most things were sufficiently tied up by the end of that movie and there wasn’t a need for a sequel. Sex and the City 2 picks up about two years after the end of the first movie. A few new things with the characters are shown, but nothing that is that important or interesting. The new developments just seem like excuses to have the characters act like idiots. It seems like things were just thrown together randomly to try to make the movie better than the first one. It didn’t work.
Early in Sex in the City 2, John gives Carrie a television for their anniversary so they can watch old movies together in their bedroom like they did after the wedding. That sets Carrie off because she sees it as the end of their marriage that he wants to stay home with her instead of go out every night. That is just ridiculous. One of the things that annoyed me about the series was the constant problems that kept coming up between Carrie and John. The first movie was basically Carrie pouting after John had a moment of uncertainty - after he’d told her he didn’t want a large wedding. She won’t listen when he apologizes and she runs off to Mexico with her friends. That whole aspect of the movie seemed to me to be included just add some new problem between Carrie and John. The way Carrie reacts to things about their marriage is the same thing - an excuse to create a new issue between them. The four friends going off to Abu Dhabi is pointless as well. They just wonder around, insulting local people and customs while shopping. The movie drags on entirely too long and nothing much actually happens.
From what I remember from watching the series, Stanford and Anthony couldn’t stand each other. Yet Sex and the City 2 has the two of them getting married in an elaborate, over the top cliche filled same sex ceremony. Liza Minnelli shows up to perform the ceremony and then perform a song. It was just so over the top that it was ridiculous and it didn’t work at all. It just seemed like the wedding was put in there to make the writers look progressive or something by having a same sex marriage. Never mind that it has been established that the happy couple has never been able to stand each other. The wedding just doesn’t work.
Sex played an important part in the television show, and it continues to come up in Sex in the City 2. Samantha has something to do with most of the sexual things that happen. She has always been obsessed with sex. Since she is going through menopause, she is taking all sorts of hormones and vitamins to deal with it and keep from losing her sex drive. She has wild sex fairly early in the movie. Later in the movie, she does things that are unacceptable in Abu Dhabi, like groping a man in public. She doesn’t care that she is insulting the local customs and continues to act brazenly. Carrie sees it as some sort of sign that she runs into Aidan so far from home and she seems to be contemplating an affair. Charlotte’s nanny Erin never wears a bra, and a point is made to always show the men starting at her. That gets Charlotte thinking that Harry is going to have an affair. There are various sexual conversations and some sexual situations, most of which involve Samantha in some way. All the sexual content doesn’t make the movie more interesting or entertaining.
The main characters from the series are all back for Sex and the City 2. The girls all have new problems they are dealing with, but the way those problems are handled make them seem superficial for the most part. Miranda is dealing with a jerk boss who doesn’t appreciate her and her problem seems a little more real than the others. I actually liked Miranda a little more in this movie than I did in the series and first movie. Cynthia Nixon is still fine in the part. Steve is barely in the movie, so David Eisenberg doesn’t have much to do.
Carrie and John seem to be happy, but then she flips out when he gets a television for their anniversary instead of giving her some piece of jewelry. I’ve always found it a little hard to like Carrie, and the way she acts in this movie does nothing to help that. She’s acting like an idiot. Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t have much to work with. Chris Noth doesn’t do that much since John isn’t in much of the movie. He is dealing with things more rationally than Carrie is. He’s still referred to as Big by different characters. There is no point for Aidan to turn up and John Corbett is wasted in the part.
Charlotte is struggling to be the perfect mother and she does complain that she can’t handle things even with a nanny. The way her issues are presented make it hard to relate to her in any way. She sort of comes across as just being whiney. Kristen Davis is all right in the part. Harry, like the other husbands, isn’t in much of the movie, so Evan Handler doesn’t do much. Alice Eve is just in a few scenes, bouncing around in her braless state for the men to drool over. The character adds nothing to the movie.
Samantha is just as sex crazed as she ever was. She is practically hauling an entire pharmacy around with her for all the pills she is taking in an attempt to deal with menopause. She had some decent storylines in the show, but she’s back to being superficial and obsessed with sex. There is nothing new for her. Kim Cattrell is fine in the part. Stanford and Anthony are just in the wedding scenes and then missing for the rest of the movie, so there wasn’t much point for them to be in the movie at all. Liza Minnelli turning up doesn’t work at all. Miley Cyrus makes a small appearance at one point that is not needed. Jason Lewis is brought back as Smith and then has basically nothing to do. If they wanted to bring back so many of the characters, they should have had something to do.
John Corbett - Aidan
Kristen Davis - Charlotte
David Eisenberg - Steve
Evan Handler - Harry
Cynthia Nixon - Miranda
Chris Noth - John (Big)
Sarah Jessica Parker - Carrie
Michael Patrick King - Director
Sex and the City 2 is out on DVD and Blu-ray. I watched it on HBO. I have no idea what kind of extras the DVD and Blu-ray have and I really don’t care. I didn’t like the movie anywhere near enough to want to see any extras.
Sex and the City 2 is a huge mess of a movie and a waste. The plot wasn’t strong enough to justify another movie being made after things were tied up with the first movie. Fans of the show might find something to like, but considering what they are given, they may end up disappointed.
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