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Genre: Comedy / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth ... / DVD released 2010-11-29 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      25.11.2011 20:46
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      An ok film for us fans!

      Film only review:

      This is the second and apparently last movie of the the Sex in the city movies made. Filmed two years after the film where we saw the girls moving on and Carrie being married to Mr Big Preston (Chris Noth) we catch up to see what married life is doing for Carrie (Sarah Jessica parker) and saucy Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon).

      Life has moved on. Carrie and 'Big' are married but niggled with one another. Carrie wants some excitement and Big wants normal married life, Miranda quits her job, Charlotte is married with two little girls and Samantha...well she's in her 50's now but still the same old Samantha you Samantha fans out there will be pleased to hear!

      We start off a the wedding of Charlotte and Carries gay best friends getting married, Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson) and Anthony Marentino (Mario Cantone) at a great ice themed and extravagant do in which Liza Minelli does the vows and puts a rather wonderful performance in of a Beyonce song and this gets Carrie (who of course is a writer) to think about what marriage is all about.

      Meanwhile Samantha is asked to go to red carpet event with her ex acting boyfriend to which she goes and Samantha gets approached by an Arab sheikh to devise a PR campaign for his business and offered an all inclusive holiday with her three best friends to Abu Dhabi (Middle East) to which all the girls are pleased about apart from Charlotte cos at the moment she is concerned with her no bra wearing, attractive nanny Erin staying with her husband and children but gets brow beaten into going so off they go to Abu Dhabi all expenses paid and first class of course.

      They end up having a thrilling time in the most beautiful of hotel and suites, get their own cars and drivers each an even a man each to look after their every whim. Enter plenty of laughs and mishaps and of course Samantha doing things she really shouldn't be doing like kissing in public and getting arrested and the likes in a Muslim country.

      However Carrie, already a little upset in her life after spending a couple of days away in her old apartment prior to the holiday to finish some writing of a book that actually bombs on marriage because Big decides that two nights and days away from each other weekly and for him to get her flat is a good idea. She is upset by this in a big way and ends up in a market when who should appear but Aiden (John Corbett), her ex boyfriend who she dumped for Big. Now they are both married they decide on meeting for some dinner. She is warned when she tells the girls about her plans to not play with fire but upset one evening (about her book not being well received) against their wishes she goes anyway.....

      I can't reveal anymore but of course if you are a fan of Sex In The City you'll understand why. Who does Carrie want and can she and Big take marriage seriously or is this end finally for them?

      My Verdict:

      This film was made well and of course the outfits were very stylish if not a little way out in the fashion stakes! Each character was true to her usual character, Mr Big was rather handsome and sexy though has obviously gotten older over the years though the ladies haven't! The music, the Liza Minelli singing section was brilliant and there was plenty going on in the movie. There were genuinely funny bits that made me laugh out loud but I did see the ending happening and it was all very predictable really. Once again the character of Samantha was pure brilliance, it was rather sexually graphic in places (again thanks to Samantha!) however the other characters in the movie were not needed and not even worth a mention apart from the main four leading ladies and Mr big of course.

      I and my friend really enjoyed this movie, and although my friend is one of the only people on the planet that hasn't really ever seen Sex In The City over the years she enjoyed it as a stand alone film though she thought she wouldn't!

      For me this wasn't as good as the first movie after the series came to an end and now I've seen it I wouldn't watch it again but its good enough and I can't really moan about it, it just lacked something. Maybe because the story was really about Carrie and Big more than anything else I found it a bit too centered around them!

      146 minutes long, rated 15.

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      29.06.2011 10:48
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      A fun film, but feels as if the franchise is running out of steam

      Sex and the City 2 is the sequel to HBO's immensely successful TV series and big-screen adaptation of the same name. Its 2008 counterpart was celebrated as a fantastic, feel-good film for the summer that managed to stay true to the series, while adding a bit of cinematic magic and grandeur. This is of course in stark contrast to the fan-savaging and critical mauling that occurred with the release of Sex and the City 2. A critic for the London Evening Standard went as far as to say: "this could be the most stupid, the most racist, the most polluting and women-hating film of the year". Naturally, I was sceptical about watching a movie which was so widely-panned. While I tend to prefer to make my own decisions about my entertainment, so many alarm bells couldn't be silenced. In fact, to took me re-watching the entire series again on DVD and the first movie to pluck up the courage to face this. Was it as terrible as the critics proclaimed? Not at all, if anything, it's a cut-above the average chick-flick produced by Hollywood. However, is it a great movie? No.

      What really inhibits the film is the lack of focus that the plot has. While the first movie had the primary goal of exploring whether Carrie and Big would ever be able to commit and get married, there's more of a scattergun approach here. The movie follows the lives of our four favourite New Yorkers two years on, and paranoia is about the only common theme in the script. Carrie is paranoid that the spark has left her relationship, as all her husband wants to do is to stay-in and watch TV. Charlotte is paranoid that her husband will cheat on her with the busty nanny. Samantha is paranoid that her sex-drive will diminish now that the menopause has finally struck like tsunami. And Miranda? Well, she's quit her job... but aside from that, she's treated as more of a spare-part. I feel like all these stories are not bad ones to tell, and certainly would not have been out of place in the TV series. Yet, telling them over two and a half hours (the equivalent of 5 episodes of the show) is a different matter all together. They just lack that sparkle that is needed to really enthral you for the extended length of a movie.

      I feel as if the writers should have waited another year or two to really consider what they were trying to tell in this story. However, it's clear that money talks. Recently, Kim Cattrall admitted that the four stars were very poorly paid for their time in the TV show (after all, it was a cable show on a then-unknown network), and that they had to fight to get the movies made. With $15 million paid for Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie), you can't help but feel the sequel was made with dollar signs in the eyes rather than a story in the mind.

      Having said that, the film is a visual feast - as the girls venture abroad to Abu Dhabi, the scenery and sets are glorious. The glamour of the four stars really does add to the charm and opulence of the place they are visiting, which definitely does create a dream-like, escapist quality. More so than the first movie, which at times got bogged down in relationship over-analysis and left the viewer a little Carrie and Big'ed out. The humour is also up there with any other romantic comedy - one of my favourite running gags being Samantha's effeminate butler in Abu Dhabi, who she nicknames 'Paula Abdul'. Kim Cattrall's delivery takes a simple joke and makes it priceless comedy gold. The chemistry between the actors is still alive and kicking, with there being a wonderfully tender moment between Miranda and Charlotte, where I really have to praise the writers. For me, their frank discussion about motherhood is refreshingly honest, and shows flashes of the bold feminism that the show possessed.

      I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed Miranda throughout the movie. Cynthia Nixon transformed the normally uptight character into a warm, feel-good presence on screen, where she both literally and metaphorically brightened up every scene she was in. It's a shame that my two favourite characters - Samantha and Charlotte - did not do the same. My major criticism of the movie is not actually with the plotlines - it's an escapist rom-com, after all - but with the characterisation. Charlotte, the nurturer and optimist of the group behaves like a petulant child as she endlessly whines about the strains of motherhood. This is made worse by not only the presentation of her eldest daughter as a little angel, but also the fact that she employs a full-time live-in nanny. She hardly has much to complain about, yet manages to spend the whole movie doing it anyway. Samantha, whose charm lies in her frank personality, becomes utterly vulgar. A highly intelligent, cosmopolitan and successful woman - she's reduced to an ignorant tourist in Abu Dhabi. I think that for the most part, the racial criticism of the movie has been over exaggerated, but at the same time, watching Samantha thrusting her crotch towards a crowd of Muslims in the middle of prayer screeching "I have sex! I have condoms!" is enough to make anyone cringe.

      Sarah Jessica Parker, for the most part, did a good job of presenting Carrie to the audience. You can feel her frustration with her on-screen husband, and once you get past the implausible plot-twist of running into her ex 6500 miles away from home - you can feel the attraction and chemistry between them. Carrie and Aiden's reunion is a nice touch, particularly for fans of the series but more broadly, for anyone who has ever been in love - as we all do wonder, what happens with the one who got away?

      It's a very difficult film to review, and one that I have no clear opinion on as yet. Indeed, as a loyal fan of the series, I really felt that the movie did a great injustice to some of the characters by undermining six years of growth and exploration - rendering strong, intelligent women to childish, ignorant embarrassments. However, in equal measure, I can't help but remember the smile I had on my face for much of the movie. While it was fluffy, a little meandering and at times corny, it really did satisfy the criteria of being a bright and breezy feel-good movie. For fans of the show, I think they will be pleased to have a continuation of the story but may pick up on the issues I had with it too. For the casual film goer, it will be a take-it-or-leave-it affair, where you will neither love it nor hate it. However, if you find romantic comedies a bit hit-and-miss or never gelled with the TV show, then steer clear of this movie as best you can. If you take it for what it is, then this movie is the perfect watch for a lazy afternoon indoors or a quiet night in bed. It is pure escapism. However, if you go in expecting greatness or something more than what it is, then I can guarantee that you will be filled with the same vitriol as the journalists who were able to label a $305m-grossing film a 'box-office bomb'.

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      03.06.2011 14:12

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      Love this film!!

      Sex and the City the series was really popular, they did 6 series, then a film... and a second film. After watching bits and bobs on the TV of the series I decided to get the boxsets and watch them all in order. I absolutely loved it! The episodes are only about 20 minutes long, and the ones towards to later series are a bit longer, like 30 minutes long. I was watching about 3 day, and sometimes more. I got threw the series farely quick so then I had to buy the first movie. After loving that! When I heard that there was going to be a second movie I was soooo excited. I went to watch it in the cinema and thought it was great. Because I loved it so much my boyfriend bought me it for Christmas on DVD.

      The film is a chick flick. Its about 4 new york woman. In there 40s. Carrie who is the main character, who in the series is soooo unlucky with love ad finally got married in the first film. In this, she is struggling with married life, never going out, always eating in. And then she bumps into an ex. Miranda after being completely devoted to work throughout the series and the first film is FINALLY quitting her job. Charlotte, after being desperate for children, finally has two children but its getting on top of her completely. And she feels bad for being ungrateful. Samantha is the one who gets them all to go on holiday is this super posh expensive hotel.

      This is such a great sequel to the series and first film. I just hope they do a third film. There are still things to cover, such as Carrie having a baby??

      Cert: 15
      Run Time: 140 minutes
      Language: English, German

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      30.04.2011 12:21

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      Still fabulous but with slightly less drama and punch.

      If you're new to Sex and the City and are looking to see what all the hype is about then this film is probably not for you. What I would suggest is you continue with your search and buy the complete SATC boxset and start from the beginning; however, the first few episodes are nowhere near as good as the rest of the series so stick with it.

      On the other hand, if you are an avid SATC fan then you should be sure to buy this DVD to add to your collection. While, admittedly, it is not the best of the two films - in fact, some of the TV episodes are better - it is still as fabulous as Carrie Bradshaw's shoes.

      While the plot is a little average, and at times quite predictable, it is still funny, witty and full of excitement. There is a wedding, a trip to the Middle East and a reunion with an old flame. The wicked one liners, friendship between the four best friends and the fashion will surely have you smiling from start to finish.

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      07.03.2011 20:42

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      Not one to buy

      Having seen the first Sex and the City movie as a result of being ill off work in self catering accommodation and being thoroughly impressed I was looking forward to this second instalment even though it had been slated and received a number of raspberries award.

      I have to say I was not impressed at all with this film; it was just about bearable up until the women went to Abu Dhabi, having the lunchtime chats and humour the series was famous for. Once the film moves to the main subject matter of the four of them jetting off on holiday it becomes almost shameful the way the people of the United Arab Emirates are portrayed. All the stereotypes are present with pick-pocketers, poorly paid 5* hotel staff and camel rides going on in the movie. The worst part is the fact that the film makes the four women seem like idiotic westerners, ignoring the local customs and cultures and having no respect or regard for the religion. Even the clothes were disappointing.

      In small doses this film is funny, however the overwhelming number of cringe-worthy moments spoil the whole thing. It was a very disappointing sequel and I am dreading a third instalment!

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      09.02.2011 13:48
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      Died hard fans will love it but the film hasnt lived up to the hype

      Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda teeter back on to the big screen in their insanley high heels and back into my living room in the much anticipated sequal to the original film based upon the popular television series that ran for six years.

      What To Expect:
      High maintenance approaching middle age women, couture fashion completed with the quintessential Jimmy Choos, a little slice of the big apple, a big slice of Adu Dhabi and more neuroticism than 94 episodes and one film previously combined. Split second flash backs provide us all with a glimpse of 1980 something as we reminise about how the girls met and a brief introduction into the indiviudal characters personalities. Guest appearances from Liza Minelli, Penelope Cruz and all the usual supporting characters (if only for just a few minutes).

      For die hard fans the film provides the perfect oportunity to catch up with old friends in the comfort of your armchair and for SATC virgins the film is an introduction into the questionably envious world of four priviledged socialites from Manhatten.

      Whats The Story:
      We are two years on from the original film and Carrie is worried her marraige to "Mr Big" has turned as stale as last weeks half eaten New York Bagel. Miranda resigns from her law firm to dedicate to a life of domestic bliss with Steve, Charlotte's insecurities bubble to the top of her preppy quiffed hair brought on by her younger (and bra less nanny) and Smanatha at age 52 is interested in nothing short of delaying the signs of aging, sagging and menopause.

      An all expenses paid trip (lucky them) to Adu Dhabi courtesy of a seriously wealthy hotel owner, to which he hopes Samantha's PR company will represent to raise a higher profile for his business in America provides the film with the main back drop of the united Arab Emerites and a short week break for the girls is condensed into three quaters of the film for us and a great excuse for more costume changes and fashion statements a'la dessert chic.

      My Review:
      I an avid fan of the SATC series and never tire of watching the re-runs. The first film was surprisingly good keeping within the boundries and characteristics of the series. I am a little disappointed with the second film however, mainly because I feel the plot has been diluted in order to accommdate an hour and half of big screen entertainment. I missed the depth and personalities of the characters from the original series. Instead I feel much of their individual characteristics had dissapeared partly due to the lack of a beefy story and partly because I think there was perhaps too much haste in getting this second movie onto the production line and into the cinemas just to satisfy popular demand. At times I felt that the "girls" were not as gelled together as they should have been and I did'nt feel convinced through out the film that they were and are supposed to be long standing friends.

      I think it is now time for the formidale Sex And The City franchise to bow out gracefully as another "fast tracked to the cinema" film could do more harm to their fan base. The production team have missed a real trick with this film by not providing audiences with the original traits thats made the series popular to begin with.
      That aside, there are some fun moments and stunning scenery and the presence of some A listers show that there is still a great deal of effection and adoration for the ground breaking series. It is a fun and watchable film that, even with a weak plot should not and will not put off the fans of the original series but newcomers probably wouldnt be convinced to watch the re-runs. For me it is not Carrie who steals the show but Samantha and her sharp witted, smutty dialogue and demure poise. kim Cattrall's performance for me is the the out right winner even if her character was a little ropey in this film.

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      29.12.2010 21:33

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      An excellent film for the girls in your life

      Ladies if youre a sex and the city fan then once again you can do no wrong in watching this second film as its just hillarious.
      The characters all remain with their spouses and yes Mr Big is well and truely in the picture and remains to be so but there are hidden blips and surprises one which will rock any of you and make you wonder until all is revealed. Yes ladies it has to do with Aiden!
      The plot is basic, a simple story of the girls going about their everyday crazy lives an the turmoils that motherhood brings with it concerning carlotte, samantha is as ever a sex queen and looking for another victim to take home to bed and miranda the high flying lawyer, however very little is based around miranda this is more the story of the love between carrie and big and how their marriage evolves over a period of time.
      There are hillarious moments within the film and the girls go away on holiday to abu dhabi and their experiences are once again just as hillarious and traumatic as the previous series and film. I was in hysterics throughout most of it and very little tears are to be had in this film it is humourous throughout.
      An excellent and fun movie not suitable for kids as there are sex scenes within it but nothing to volitile. For all city and sassy ladies out there this film is a must, and one not to rent but buy and watch over and over.
      Excellent.

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      26.12.2010 18:11
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      Better than the first!

      I was never a fan of Sex and the City whilst it was on the TV in season format. Infact I only started to get in to it after receiving a DVD of the first film for Christmas last year. Reluctantly I watched it, and from then on I was hooked! I couldn't wait to see SATC 2 when it came out in the UK cinemas in April 2010. I didn't know what to expect seeing as everything I thought could happen had happened in the first film; I didnt know where the plot could go. However what a surprise!

      The film opens in reflection upon the previous 20 odd years of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte's (Kristin Davis) lives in NYC. It tells the complete but abridged story and history of SATC in the first ten minutes; so if, like me, you have never seen the previous seasons or film, fear not.

      The story unfolds with the now matured, (in part), and mostly married (except Samantha of course) four all discovering new life problems - Carrie's marriage seems to have lost the sparkle, Charlotte is finding it hard to cope with her kids and the new nanny, Miranda battles her job and family life and Samantha is fighting the menopause in her own way. They need a break, and a good get together. Where better to go than the 'New Middle East' state of Abu Dhabi, courtesy of Samantha's sexual encounters. Staying in the country's most luxurious hotel, complete with on-hand service and all the luxury they could want, the four embark upon a new life journey, one of discovery, friendship, tears and laughter. But what happens when Carrie's previous 'sparkle' pops into the equation? How will Miranda cope without her job and main focus in life? Will Charlotte get a well earned break and overcome her crisis of confidence? How will Samantha cope with the illegal displays of sexual contact? Will the test of love and marriage survive?

      Riddled with typical anecotes, hilarity and cringe worthy moments, this film is superb. From lost passports, to mid-life crisis, infidelity to gay weddings, this is the must see film of 2010. For SATC fans everywhere, and even those yet to be converted. I personally think it is better than the first. Oh ding ding ding!

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      12.09.2010 17:22
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      Its ok as a film but not as a continuation of the TV show.

      This film did not receive the best reviews, but having highly anticipated it for 2 years, and enjoying the series I was really not prepared to be put off. Whilst I can to an extent see the points of the negative reviews I was not personally disappointed either.

      This review is of the film only, the DVD/Blu-Ray comes out in the UK at the end of November, just in time for fans of the series to expect it for christmas from loving partners and friends. If the previous release is anything to go by there will be some fun special features about the series and it will be worth its £12 or £17 price tag. Its also worth pointing out that this is a significant reduction as SATC The Movie was the first Blu Ray I owned and cost £25 at the time. However the first is now available for £6 so if you can wait until next christmas it will certainly be cheaper.

      The film features the 4 first ladies of New York and their husbands and friends. There are no new characters that play major roles, instead it just brings back more faces from the TV series. I felt this was a double edged sword of a decision, Louise from St Louis, was a fabulous addition but that film was more Carrie Centric, it was also nice to see the old faces back in action and to find out where they'd been. However it did mean there was only so far for the story to go. The individual characters storylines are a fair representation of where you would expect them to be 2 years after the previous film. This makes a pleasant change to other films where time moves forward but the characters don't in any realistic way.

      The film begins in a similar way to the first with Carrie reminding us for what seems like the millionth time about when she first came to New York and met her best friends. It then moves quite slowly through a plot which shows Miranda, Samantha, Charlotte and Carrie being stressed about different elements of their lives which they are unhappy about. I've always as I think many others have, liked to view the women as making up one woman with each representing a different facet to the other. Miranda is stressed about her job, Samantha, her age, Charlotte, motherhood and Carrie; what else is worried about her relationship with Big. Then they get the chance to leave New York again as in the first and most of the rest of the film takes place in Abu Dhabi. For a 2 hour film based on a show which was set in New York this film spends what can't be more than 40 minutes in New York.

      The adventures of Abu Dhabi range from illegal/inappropriate behaviour with members of the opposite sex, karaoke, camels and cheap shoes. All of this makes for an interesting enough plot and certainly one which is amusing to watch.

      Other highlights include a drinking scene with Miranda and Charlotte where they talk about the problems of motherhood and Liza Minelli singing Beyonce tracks.

      As situations get resolved in this film the strength of each of the characters shines through and you do end up feeling fairly uplifted. Miranda is definitely a voice of reason having a better record of solving the others problems than any of the others.

      The fashion element in this film is somewhat downplayed, which is a disappointment as so much of SATC comes down to fashion. At the same time though I guess this could be taken as a sign that the girls are growing up and fashion plays less of a role in their lives.

      The music in this film is less exciting and enjoyable than the first, it opens with Alicia Keys' Empire State of Mind, but that is really the only good song on the soundtrack. The quality of the picture was good and the sound well balanced.

      As I said earlier, I wasn't disappointed by this film, it wasn't as good as the first but I wasn't expecting amazing things from what I'd heard. I was disappointed with the lack of New York as whilst a change of scenery can help with perspective it can also be equated to running away from your problems. At the end of the day SATC has to be New York based to work.
      It was a good laugh and had I not seen the first film I would have been less disappointed. If you are a fan it's a must see, particularly if you like Aidan but if you've never seen it I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it as it is not a reflection of the rest of the series.

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        01.09.2010 10:39
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        Plot:

        The four main characters: Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, all have their problems in New York. So when the opportunity of a free trip to Abu Dhabi comes up, they can't say no. Will getting away from the city solve their problems or add to them?
        Follow up to the hit television series Sex and the City (1998-2004) and the 2008 movie Sex and the City.

        Written and directed by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City), characters based on the book by Candace Bushnell.

        Review:

        I didn't enjoy the first Sex and the City movie (1 star review) so I wasn't looking forward to this movie but I felt like I should see it as everyone was talking about it. As I said in my review to the original SATC movie, I watched a couple of seasons of the TV show from start to end and then the odd episode here and there. So not a huge fan but I do quite like it, just never got properly into it (I blame SJP-can't stand her).
        The film opens with the marriage of Stanford and Anthony, gay marriage = Liza Minnelli of course. Minnelli's rendition of 'Single Ladies' is rather uncomfortable to watch, I was just hoping it would end quickly. The marriage was in the script so they could create something totally over the top and to deal with the two characters and then not have to fit them into the story.

        SATC 2 shows the four main characters dealing with the following problems: Charlotte can't cope being a full time mum, Miranda is struggling to maintain a work-life balance, Samantha is going through 'the change' and Carrie is unhappy with her marriage to Big. Sounds thrilling when it's put like that eh? The film is essentially about getting old and being a woman (which they had to point out through the medium of karaoke *cringe*).
        I felt like the plot of the film kind of turned the main characters into extreme versions of themselves; there was little depth to the characters which is probably the biggest difference between the TV series and the movies. The characters had little character. OK the four main characters have gone through their development and growth during the tenure of the show but a little more feeling would have made the film more meaningful.

        Taking the four ladies off to Abu Dhabi caused a few problems: firstly, taking well known characters out of a familiar backdrop often doesn't work; New York is as much a part of SATC as the characters. And secondly, the film has been accused of being racist. When I first heard about this I thought it was a load of rubbish-what harm can SATC do?!? I asked...lots as it turns out. The portrayal of Muslims was rather stereotypical; the film was insensitive at times. Defenders of the film say that it was merely pointing out the cultural differences, more like pointing and laughing. Yes it is good that women are free to do what they please in America but I would have liked the film to show more respect to the Religious and cultural ways of doing things in the Middle East.
        SATC 2 is essentially one long (very long) advert, I don't mind a little product placement but I do think the two SATC movies take it a little far. Some critics have pointed out that it a little insensitive to be flashing the labels in a time of worldwide recession.

        Overall I didn't enjoy my SATC experience once again, I hope this is the last movie in the franchise before they ruin the good reputation of the television series.

        Cast:

        Sarah Jessica Parker - Carrie Preston
        Kim Cattrall - Samantha Jones
        Kristin Davis - Charlotte Goldenblatt
        Cynthia Nixon - Miranda Hobbes
        Chris Noth - Mr Big
        John Corbett - Aidan Shaw
        David Eigenberg - Steve Brady
        Evan Handler - Harry Goldenblatt
        Jason Lewis - Jerry 'Smith' Jerrod
        Willie Garson - Stanford Blatch
        Mario Cantone - Anthony Marantino

        Runtime: 146 mins

        Also posted on ciao under the username shabbating.

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          18.08.2010 12:43
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          Hopefully this is the last outing for Carrie and the girls - not sexy, not funny and not smart

          It has been two years, as Carrie Bradshaw Preston (Sarah Jessica Parker) correctly points out, since the wedding debacle that had millions of women worldwide all glued to the screen wondering whether Carrie and Mr. Big (Chris Noth) would finally get their happy ending. And surprise, surprise, they did, in a simple, humble ceremony down at city hall. Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristen Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) had their own issues to deal with but were all resolved towards the end of the tiresome two-hour long first feature film of the HBO's hit television show. And they all lived happily ever after - or so we'd hoped. But these fashionable, gold-digging, shallow ladies who have overdosed on Botox are back. They have a new set of problems to sort out, and whenever they get together for their fancy brunch, all they do is complain. They whine, they moan and the only sense of relaxation for them is to purchase things. Nice new clothes, expensive jewellery, fancy new furniture and of course, cocktails.

          Carrie is somewhat bored of her married life. Two years have passed, and apparently the spark has gone. Big is old, tired and wants to spend evenings staying indoors, watching television. Carrie on the other hand, wants glamour - basically she wants to spend boatloads of money as usual. Her house is a sight to behold, full of luxurious furniture imported from abroad. But ah, money can't buy happiness. Remember Carrie, from the first film? Our ditzy heroine never learns. It's unclear what it is she wants from a marriage, and we don't blame Big for being completely stumped. Samantha is afraid of ageing. She is at the menopausal age of 52, and is taking a ridiculous amount of pills in order to "trick [her] body into thinking it's younger." Her sex life has never been better - she stills jumps on anything that's good-looking and young. She even manages to get laid at a gay wedding. Charlotte has two children to raise now, and her life seems to be falling apart. No surprises there, since this girl basically grew up knowing nothing of responsibility. She hires a nanny, a superhot one, and even then she doesn't have much spare time for herself. Basically she just doesn't have a lot of time to go shopping. The nanny naturally doesn't wear a bra and is becoming an eye-candy to her husband Harry (Evan Handler). Uh-oh, Charlotte's getting insecure. Miranda hates her job more than anything. Her sexist boss is well...sexist. She quits, and now has to look for another one.

          There's not a whole lot of sex in this "Sex and the City 2." So how do the writers handle the "City" part? The girls do get a change of scenery. They fly from New York to Abu Dhabi, a trip that Samantha organised thanks to her ex-boyfriend Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis in a cameo appearance) and his movie investors. The trip is first-class from the start, and even better, the girls don't need to pay for anything. And from this moment on, what we get is a shameless display of contemptuous consumerism; so much over the top luxury, so many costume changes that occur every five minutes for the four leading characters, so much glitter all over the place that make some of the scenery more tacky than impressive.

          What do these ladies get up to in Abu Dhabi? They shop. They ride on camels. They go to fancy restaurants. They stare at men. They reveal cleavage and where there is cleavage, bulges follow. And yes, we get unpleasant close-ups of tight crotches. The Australian World Cup team also happens to be in Abu Dhabi, and they are all wild, wearing Speedos and up for a good swim - an excuse for the director (Michael Patrick King) to show off nude men. It's vulgar and repulsive, but the ladies dig the action. Three out of four of them are married, but who cares - they're in different countries. Speaking of dirty looks and things that can potentially destroy a marriage, Carrie runs into Aidan (John Corbett), an ex-boyfriend who was with her for quite a while. He's married and so is she. So the logical thing to do is...um...they have dinner together. You know, to reminisce over the good old days. Will Carrie be won over by Aidan's charms? Or will she remember that she does in fact have a husband back in New York who she swore to honour, cherish and obey till death do them part? Only time will tell.

          Moving the "City" from New York to Abu Dhabi turns out to be a shockingly bad idea. The film cannot resist displaying a whole range of Middle Eastern stereotypes that clash with the more outgoing, flamboyant culture. Samantha gets arrested for kissing on the beach. She is also scolded by a group of angry men in a marketplace for carrying around condoms. She also attracts disapproving eyes for her insanely revealing clothes. You're in someone else's country, you play by their rules. But does she ever listen? No. She yells and swears, the good old American way, and infuriates the angry mob even more. It's when the girls get rescued by a bunch of Arab women that the film starts to take even weirder turns. In private, these Middle Eastern women reveal what's underneath the Burkhas - the latest collection from famous brands. So they're wearing two pretty thick layers. Must get incredibly hot - it's a miracle they can stand up and walk around in the middle of an Arabian dessert. With every culture shock these characters run into, naivety soon follows. It's offensive, insensitive and represents everything people hate about America. They're vastly superior, and dismiss other beliefs and cultural importance - it's so clearly shown through the four women.

          Parker, Cattrall, Davis and Nixon have grown into their characters so much over the years that it would be odd to see them play anyone else. See how awkward it was to watch Cattrall in "The Ghost"? They play the characters well, capturing their unique personalities with no difficulty. There are some effective comedic moments, thanks largely to the outrageous characteristics of our four leading ladies, but the laughs are brief, and very limited. The brief cameo appearance from Penelope Cruz is random and somewhat meaningless, Liza Minnelli proves she is still in full control of her stage presence, and Miley Cyrus can pull off a dress better than Cattrall. It's glamorous, shiny, and has a bigger scale than the first film. But the thin material with trivial sub-plots and hateful characters is spread over such an unbearably long running time. Strictly for fans only, this won't win any newcomers over.

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            If you love glamour , you'll love this!

            I absolutely loved the first Sex And The City movie , despite never having seen an episode of the series once. I loved everything about it : the glitz and glamour , the special bond between the women , as well as the romantic and comedy side of things. So as you can imagine , I could not wait to see the second movie.

            For those of you who don't know ; Sex And The City 2 is the sequel to Sex In The City : The Movie which is based on the American television series , Sex In The City. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 28th May 2010. Directed by Michael Patrick King , the film stars all of the original four main characters , such as Sarah Jessica Parker , as well as small roles played by Miley Cyrus and Penelope Cruz. The film comes under the following genres ; comedy , romance and drama , and judging by the title it's obvious to say that the movie is not suitable for persons under the age of fifteen. The movie runs for almost two and a half hours.

            The girls are back! The movie continues two years on from the first movie ; the girls are older and more glamorous than ever. Of course , nothing is simple , and the girls have problems to solve '; how does Charlotte cope with the braless nanny , how is Carrie handling marriage and what will happen when the foursome attend a gay wedding ? Watch Sex And The City 2 to find out!

            I loved the first movie , so I just had to see the sequel! There is a lot of glamour again , in this movie , which I just love! It makes you wanna celebrate being a woman! This movie is especially good to watch when you've got the girls round. Everything about this movie is so 'magical' and it makes you wish that you could live the fabulous lives of the four women! If you are a girlie girl , then you will love this movie!It's a real feel good movie and will leave you feeling happy and positve after!

            I loved the whole 'buzz' of New York in this movie , it plays a massive role in the whole 'Sex And The City' thing , and so I was slightly disappointed to discover that there is hardly any 'city' in the movie , despite the title. The city itself seems to have been swapped for the desert ; it does add to the whole kind of 'glitz , fashion and glamour' thing of the movie , but I would have prefered seeing more of the city , and having New York , more part of the plot than the desert.

            It was very interesting to see the characters get older , but I think it's also sad as it means that the SACT era is coming to an end! The women are now in their fifties and so now that they are getting older , it means that the original fans may find that they can't connect with the women as much as they used to. I love the characters as they're such a great bunch , and I think that a lot of groups of friends can relate to them and I think that is the reason why the series is such a hit! I think that all of the four characters a great , and I couldn't possible choose a favourite as I feel that they all bring something interesting to the movie. I felt as though I knew the women really well , and it made me want to really be friends with them! hehe!

            I did enjoy the film , although I can't help but feel that the film ended leaving many questions. I have heard a lot of rumours that there won't be a third movie which is disappointing because if this movie is the last we hear from the women , then I wil be disappointed that the movie didn't tell us what happened to the characters in the end , and left a lot of unanswered questions. I also felt that at over two hours long , it is a very long movie , and so I thought that it was a long time to sit in a cinema! I would prefer if I had the DVD and then I would probably watch some of it one night , and then the rest another night ,just to break it up a bit!

            I found the movie to be a lot more funnier than the first! There seemed to be a lot more comedy in this movie with a lot of hilarious scenes and funny one-liners. A couple of scenes had me in stitches.

            If you love a bit of glamour and are a girlie girl , then I would definately recommend this movie to you!

            Thanks for reading!
            August 6th 2010
            xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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            Should be watched in classrooms so that the finer points of feminism can be discussed. Seriously!

            Written and directed by Michael Patrick King
            Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Catrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis.

            It would be impossible to review this film without talking about the response to it; review the reviews, as it were. Even though the movie was deemed "critic proof" (well, duh! Of course we're not going to take your word for it!) and cleaned up at the box office, it's generally agreed to be a limp, witless version of its former self. As Carrie would say, I couldn't help but wonder.... is this fair?

            The first film was miserable - not in quality but in subject matter; it was truly a dark journey for Carrie. For some reason, when commentators decide that the characters are now bimbos, they will write very bizarre and untrue appraisals; Hadley Freeman, for instance, wrote that "Carrie's response to having been jilted at the altar was: 'How am I going to get my clothes?" (However, this is the same "journalist" who felt qualified to write a review of the second film on the strength of having seen the trailer. Guess whose opinion I have zero respect for?)

            The word on the street from the beginning was that the sequel would be much more light hearted, a "romp", if you will. (I was tempted to send a dictionary to one magazine who took this to mean there would merely be lots of sex.)

            Bizarrely, the same media which complains that there are "never any decent roles for older women" gripe that the actresses look haggard and old. Make up your mind!

            In between the first film's depiction of Carrie's mind numbing depression, I did enjoy the sparky little fashion vignettes and, of course, the stony beauty of New York. Indeed, if the city is the 5th character and fashion is the 6th, they both featured pretty well.

            So what was the wisdom behind NY barely being given a cameo in this sequel? The film's makers chose to move the location to the middle east in order to show opulence that would not fit into post-credit crunch America, and it has the added benefit of removing the women from their domestic setups as well as putting the famously "liberated" ladies in a country where kissing can actually get you arrested.

            As I expected, the film was a little over-long. But this is merely my point of view as a cinema goer; if this is the last instalment of the girls as we know them, then I can see why the producers wanted to get their money's worth out of them. But has SATC jumped the shark? Mark Kermode described it as "ghastly" and "consumerist pornography." However, I enjoyed it; like most people who went to see the film, I am a fan and my loyalty is guaranteed.

            True to form, the movie opened with a grandiose gay wedding, complete with Liza Minelli and a somewhat toe curling cover of "Single ladies." But it's SATC, so we can forgive some minor lapses in judgement. At least the jokes were a reminder of a wittier time on the show.

            I loved the 80s flashbacks - I had been looking forward to them since seeing the "leaked" pictures. I would have liked more, but I appreciate why these scenes needed to be a) short and b) shot from a distance. (SJP has claimed she will find it hard handing the part over to a younger actress if they decide to make a prequel. As Miley Cyrus has been cited as a possibility (please, God, no!) SJP would get my vote every time.

            The premise of SATC being the crimes and misdemeanours of four single ladies, it was always going to be tricky to keep the drama going when they settled down.

            However, these ladies each have their own cross to bear. While Samantha is dealing with menopause, Carrie is finding married life with Big not half as exciting as the dating days; Charlotte is a mother (who finds this lifestyle difficult although she is a full time mom with full time help) and Miranda has to balance work and life. (Thus the first accusations of SATC "selling out" - for daring to suggest that a woman's life might be more enjoyable if she didn't work a 70 hour week, and occasionally saw her children.

            Charlotte has acquired a nanny who is attractive and doesn't wear a bra, creating typically bawdy humour. The writers were evidently so proud of their joke about Jude law (the one against hiring beautiful nannies, of course) that not only did everyone laugh hysterically, they also referenced it later in the movie, with Carrie explaining her quip "I just had to go for it." I miss the old days, when witticisms were so commonplace that they were woven seamlessly into the conversation and nobody reacted, because it was taken for granted that the conversation would sparkle.

            Their arrival in Abu Dhabi feels uncomfortably like a promotional video. Much has been made of the affluence displayed, and I must admit, it is staggering. But it is meant to be. People enjoy seeing richness beyond their means (it's why "Cribs" is popular, after all). I might add that nobody ever complains that James Bond has too many fancy gadgets, or that his suits are too expensive... Why should "boy's films" have all the fun?

            What's more, money and swanky parties were always part of the set up. Samantha runs her own successful PR company, Miranda is a lawyer, Charlotte is a Park avenue princess whose wealth only increased with each husband, and Carrie only struggled for money because she spent $40,000 on designer shoes - not exactly a welfare case, is she?

            The women have a short discussion on the wearing of veils and burkinis at the pool. Is this racist? Are they gawping at these women in an ill-mannered, judgemental way? Well, perhaps. But merely showing how the culture is different in another country is hardly offensive. Their conversation touches upon the fact that bellydancers somehow slip past the "modest dress" rule - "Oh, those clever religious men!" (It's a fair point....) The much maligned "burkini" scene also features a men's sports team who take advantage of the double standards in place to prance around in budgie smuggling speedos.

            Character development is pretty much limited to Carrie's adjustment to marriage and the revealing discussion between the two mothers in the film. I honestly feel that the film makers were trying to SAY something with this piece of celluloid. There is one scene which I still can't quite believe really happened; the karaoke rendition of a popular 1970s feminist song, which 40-something women would have grown up with, just as today's ten year olds sing along with Rihanna's "Rudeboy."(There's nothing like hearing a pre-pubescent girl merrily belting out "Can you get it up? Is it big enough?" is there?)

            I've never been a huge fan of the idea (so often repeated by our media) that women's liberation = promiscuity = freedom, (indeed, some would argue that it is merely a different form of servitude) but I do think it is vastly preferable to having entirely different laws for men and women.
            The issue of being "sexually liberated" women in a middle eastern country with what we might call "old fashioned" values, leads to a climax which many have deemed ridiculous and racially insensitive. Samantha's defiance towards men who are quick to judge may be over the top ("Yes, condoms! I have sex!") but what's the betting that this scene was immensely satisfying for women who live in oppressive cultures? (If they were able to see it.)

            Carrie also throws caution to the wind when she emulates Claudette Colbert's leg flashing antics to get a cab (so shocking in 1934); perhaps Samuel Johnson was right when he said "Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little." Right about the first part, anyway.

            SATC always set out to be honest about the issues facing women today. Are we less valid as human beings if we never marry or have children? (We certainly get fewer presents.) Can a woman's career suffer when her sexual escapades become common knowledge? Is there ever a good time to have a baby? This film forces us to revert to old school feminism when the questions are about basic women's rights such as the ability to make decisions for themselves.

            But are we really any further along the road to equality than other cultures? Miranda points out "Men in the US pretend they're comfortable with strong women, but really a lot of them would prefer us eating French fries behind our veils."

            A strong theme is that of female solidarity; from a nanny who can be supportive without being a threat, to the universal love of fashion or understanding of the menopause.

            The fact (apparently little known among film critics) is that women in the UAE actually DO wear beautiful designer clothes under their burkas. Andrew O' Hagan wrote a scathing piece for the Evening standard in which he lambasted the scene in which the women remove their robes; patronisingly assuming their love of labels meant they were trying to be "American" like Carrie.

            I actually think it's rather nice that women of certain religions dress modestly and cover their hair in public so that their husbands are the only ones who see them as nature intended. Perhaps it really is the girls who feel the need to hoist themselves into wonderbras and stilettos every day who are being controlled by a male dominated society?

            The internet is heavily censored in the UAE, illustrated by Samantha's inability to get hold of her menopause herbs. But does the film represent the residents of Abu Dhabi badly? Er, no. The film is a reflection of the women as tourists. They gawp at burkas, may not be the sharpest customers in the market, and, without men running their schedule, can barely catch a flight by themselves. In contrast, the residents are shown to be hard working and honest, with a hardline attitude to sex. Samantha is reported for being overly friendly with a man in public, which may seem draconian to those of us familiar with programmes like "Holiday reps in Faliraki woohoo!" but it is a realistic depiction of life in the UAE. Far from insulting the strict codes of conduct, I think many residents would approve of this demonstration that chastity and respect of morals are expected by both citizens and visitors.

            As Kim Cattrall points out,"We've been doing Sex And The City for 14 years, we've been upsetting people for 14 years. We're kind of used to it, that's what the show is all about."

            Helen Reddy was right; we really do have a long, long way to go. We tolerate oppression under the guise of "respecting" other cultures. Meanwhile, in the year 2010, women are still being arrested for wearing trousers.

            While we pontificate about whether showing women wearing burkas in a film set in Abu Dhabi is indeed "racist" or not, there are still places in the world where women can be beaten and raped by their husbands with the full blessing of the law, where they cannot legally obtain birth control, and genital mutilation is rife.

            Now, that really is offensive.

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              Feminism: what's that?

              (Please note: this is a film only review - thanks!)

              I would be lying if I told you I was a lifelong, dedicated fan of the Sex and the City girls. I have never sat down and watched one of the repeats on television (there always seems to be something more entertaining on MTV) and I wasn't enthralled by the first movie's trailer. However, when a friend invited me to go and see it, I have to say that I was at least a little bit curious to see what all the fuss was about, either positive or negative. Although the Sky E! Entertainment channel loved it (a bad omen if ever there was one) many newspaper reports couldn't stop panning it. I'm not a rom-com kinda girl but I do have a weakness for complaining about crappy films...

              FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHAT IS 'SEX AND THE CITY' AND SHOULD IT REALLY HAVE A SECOND MOVIE?
              'Sex and the City' was originally a highly successful cable television show that ran for six years from 1998, spawning nearly 100 episodes during its run. The programme focused upon the high flying careers of four women in their 30s and 40s as they tried to come to terms with their own sexuality or promiscuity. That, from what I can gather and upon reflection, is the main essence of the series and the subsequent movies.

              'Sex and the City 2' is set two years after the first movie when Carrie marries the man of her dreams, in theory. However, twenty-four months down the line and Carrie is beginning to see a pattern within their marriage: she and hubby Mr. Big are going to end up just like one of those old, boring couples that sit in doors night after night and watch black and white movies on telly (the horror! The horror!). Elsewhere, things aren't so blissful in the marriage of Charlotte and her husband Harry who she suspects is doing a Jude Law on her with the Nanny but it seems as if Miranda's union is in a good place. Samantha however, is now in her fifties and beginning to struggle with the menopause but is delighted when she manages to bag her and the girls an all expenses paid trip to Abu Dhabi.

              Now, to someone that has never really sat down and watched the television show, the movie plot at least sounds like it could generate a couple of giggles. Taking the four ladies out of their comfort zone of New York should have made them a little more vulnerable towards their surrounds, especially in a strict Muslim country. Yet, it seems to be a case of you can take the girls out of the city but not the city out of the girls...

              WHO ARE THE FOUR LEADING LADIES AND THEIR CHARACTERS?
              The central character of the piece is Carrie, played in a gooey, sickly sweet way by Sarah Jessica Parker. I can understand why Carrie is the central character in a lot of ways; she seems to be the middle ground between many of the more extreme characters of the movie and is very much every modern girl: she wants both the career and the fairy tale marriage. But besides all of that, there was something about SJP's depiction of Carrie that was just too passive for me and there were moments when I personally felt she should have been more aggressive. Not as in women's wrestler aggressive, just more assertive.

              Samantha made up for Carrie's lack of assertiveness and she was played with great warmth and sarcasm by Kim Cattrall. Samantha was by far my favourite character throughout the movie because she is so brash and full on, making it at least a tad impossible not to find her funny and entertaining. However, in places the script did not serve Cattrall well although I still felt she did a stellar job of making her very unusual, over the top character likeable and humorous, even if it's not always possible to agree with her morals. In complete contrast to Samantha was Cynthia Nixon's Miranda, a high flying lawyer who feels too rooted down by her job and her own expectations of being a good mother and wife. I think the movie needed the balance of both Samantha and Miranda in order for every type of woman to be represented but I have to confess that Miranda was one of the hardest characters to like. She comes across as very cold but Nixon did a good job during some scenes and provided a very straightforward, loyal friend which helped during many of the film's crisis points.

              Last but not least out of the four main ladies is Charlotte, played with mildness and sugariness by Kristen Davis. Charlotte is different to the other three ladies because she's a mother to two young, very demanding girls. Her struggle with motherhood almost makes you forget that Miranda has a son as it becomes Charlotte's main focus within the movie. Davis seemed well suited to her role in a Stepford Wives kind of way but she was the character I felt was milked dry of all emotion and sympathy. As a woman, I probably should have sympathised with her but I just found Davis' acting too mechanical to be likeable.

              There was one character within the film that I just couldn't stand and that person was Mr. Big, Carrie's husband played by Chris Noth who should be renamed Chris Naught. There is something so smarmy and quite condescending about him that I feel I could just never grow to like, even if I was about to become a dedicated follower of the show, which I very much doubt anyway. It was a combination of poor, tepid dialogue and stiff, wannabe pretty boy acting that just made me dislike this dude and he wasn't a patch on some of the other men throughout this, for example the character of Rikard Spirit (Max Ryan) who was seemingly the most attractive thing about Abu Dhabi, or at least by the writer's reckoning.

              SO SOME OF THE CHARACTERS WERE FLIMSY BUT WHAT'S THE REAL STORY WITH 'SEX AND THE CITY 2'? DID YOU LIKE IT?
              It would be unfair of me to say that I didn't enjoy this movie at all. In fact, I did openly laugh out loud at some of the scenes. But there were some moments that raised a multitude of questions that I just don't think were handled in a sophisticated enough way, whether it was by the characters and the way they chose to act and speak or the screenwriters who designed the whole catalyst for some of the more colourful outbursts.

              Starting with the positives, I have to say that as a woman who likes shopping, it was easy to be seduced by the fashionable foursome. Even if it was at moments when I didn't agree with what all four ladies were wearing, I have to say that it wasn't only the ladies' outfits that were bright and colourful. Whether the characters were in New York or Abu Dhabi, everything on screen looked vibrant, fresh and funky, and disguised in many ways the fact that we were watching middle age women talk about their wildest urges and hot flushes. The movie was shot very well and made it all look big budget and over the top, complimenting at least one of the four ladies' personality very well.

              The moments that made me laugh out loud were certainly not few and far between when the action was taking place in America. It seemed as if all four women really shone when they were there, although they perhaps didn't do anything dramatically different to their ordinary everyday lives. The pinnacle of such hilarity came when the four ladies were having breakfast together and Charlotte's Nanny, Erin, came bounding over with her breasticals far from secure within her top. Although Alice Eve's character was funny because of Samantha's reaction to her (and believe me, Cattral's reaction was priceless) it just felt as if Erin was only included for the male gaze. It certainly did nothing for me as a woman in the audience other than cover my eyes and this incident was - unfortunately - the start of many very awkward moments within the film.

              It would be unfair to expect the female's to change their rather abstract and flirtatious approach to life upon entering Abu Dhabi however, it would also be unfair to say that the writers tried their hardest to make the two complement each other and instead, it seemed as if Abu Dhabi had to be 'Americanised' somewhat. Not only did the film seem to forget there's a global recession going on (none of the ladies seemed to cut back on their spending or their frivolous lifestyles in the slightest) but the movie seemed to approach many types of people in stereotypical, borderline prejudice way. For example, the people of Abu Dhabi seemed to get peed on from a great height, in terms of their traditions and religious beliefs, and it seemed as if their own way of life was becoming very much a spectacle for Carrie and the gang to comment on in an uncannily rude way. Whilst at poolside, it is only natural in many Western countries that a lady would be showing more than just a little bit of skin. Yet, at poolside in Abu Dhabi, the Arabic women were shown in full body overalls as a more extreme version of a Hijab, in many bright, gharish colours that looked more like a fashion parade than a respectable part of Muslim clothing. That scene might not sound too offensive, especially not when you're sat watching the film, but there was just something about it that made for quite uneasy viewing and I felt it was an unnecessary moment that added nothing to the whole Abu Dhabi experience.

              Samantha changed on more than one occasion as the most likeable character to the one that was used by scriptwriters as a vehicle for much of the film's prejudice, especially with regards to her sexual urges. Fair play to Cattral who managed to maintain her character's dignity on many of the occasions but a lot of the time, many of the scenes set in Abu Dhabi mocked the Arabic culture in a very sly and underhanded way. Of course, it wouldn't be right for the so-called Fab Four to change so dramatically but the only scene which did allow for any sympathy came when Carrie had a one-on-one conversation with her butler, Guarau. This seemed to be the only time within the film where the differences in culture between the women and their surroundings was portrayed in a meaningful way which allowed you as a viewer to reflect upon the differences in lifestyles between Western countries and others. However, the writers also played with fire by hinting that there was more than just friendship between Carrie and Guarau which seemed a little ridiculous and unnecessary considering how many other men were falling at Carrie's feet throughout the two and a half hour extravaganza.

              Although the local people were shown to be very traditional with regards to their beliefs of sexuality and sexual relationships (which led to a very cringe-worthy scene with Samantha that even Cattral couldn't save within the last twenty minutes of action) they were also shown to be very respectable, hard working and caring people in places which was very endearing to watch. Again, the purpose of their depiction in this case may have been used in more of a way than for the four leading ladies to laugh in their faces at the fact they were being served for free. In fact, it could have been used as a way to show the recession but instead, everything was made to be just too fitting to the four ladies' needs and became very predictable within the first five minutes of them arriving in Abu Dhabi. Even by Sex and the City's standards, which by nature I can gather is a very abundant show, it just felt as if Samantha's blagging skills were too outrageous to be realistic, especially to the women in the cinema who are feeling the brunt of the recession. More to the point, Abu Dhabi in itself seemed to just be a random destination that would allow for tempers to flair in a childish, playground kind of way rather than a meaningful destination allowing for growth and an ethical awakening in life, well for everyone besides Carrie.

              However, my biggest bugbear of the entire film was the nonsensical musical interludes, of which there were a good couple to keep my hands pressed firmly over my eyes and ears. The first of these came when Liza Minnelli stumbled her way through a dismal remix of Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' and I honestly thought the poor old dear was about to pop a joint out of place. It was shockingly bad, made even worse by the throng of people crowding around the stag e to sing along with her...trust me, Liza was out of tune on her own and she didn't need any backing singers to accompany her! Next of such downright appalling moments came when Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte took to the stage to sing Helen Reddy's 'I Am A Woman' and never has the notion of Feminism looked so bleak. It wasn't quite as dreadful as Liza's attempts at singing in tune for two whole minutes but it was close enough. Neither moment needed to be in the film; Liza should have been left out of such a vigorous and embarrassing scene for her own health and wellbeing whilst the other four certainly shouldn't have been let loose near a microphone in the first place.

              OVERALL: AM I A NEW FOUND FAN OF CARRIE, SAMANTHA, MIRANDA AND CHARLOTTE?
              To put it simply, no I'm not. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the film for what it's worth but I did find a lot of what was on offer a little hard to stomach, especially in hindsight and after seeing the movie in its entirety.

              I did enjoy most of the humour on display whilst the four ladies were on their home turf and Samantha really shone as a great character. However, it seemed as if the directors were just too eager to try and make this movie radically different to the last and the series itself by flying them all off to a mysterious, foreign destination. To me, the second half of the film seemed a little desperate and this wasn't aided by the fact the film ran for approximately two and a half hours. I would sooner have seen either an extended version of the action in America and have the women deal with their personal issues back in New York or have them all fly off to Abu Dhabi within the first half an hour of the film, to move the plot along and to also allow for all four girls to realise and treasure what they missed from back home.

              It just seems to me as if there were too many ideas flying about on this one and it all became too jumbled: if the writers wanted to show Carrie and Charlotte, in particular, struggling with the strains of married life, fine, show it. If they wanted the film to be Samantha's critique of a different country with very different rules to her own than fine, have it play out like that. But by mixing it all together and throwing in too many subplots, I just don't think this movie worked as well as it could have done in comparison to a couple of ideas that would have allowed for the characters to develop in some way. Instead, 'Sex and the City 2' just came across as a desperate cash cow, doing no one involved any credit which in itself is a crying shame, especially when you take into account the movie's final budget was around $100,000,000.

              Is 'Sex and the City 2' the worst film I've seen in the past twelve months? No, 'Surrogates' can have that honor. It would be unfair to say that I regret seeing this film but there is just something about this movie that makes you feel a little dirty after watching it and it's not just down to Samantha's sometimes filthy mouth. It's probably a film for more dedicated fans than me and if you don't own all five million box sets or dozens of replicas of Carrie's shoes, I wouldn't bother buying the DVD anytime soon and instead just wait until it's shown on TV.

              QUICK STATS:
              Year: 2010
              Length: 2 hours, 26 minutes approximately
              Genre: Romantic comedy, I guess.
              Rating: 15 (mainly due to the scenes of an explicit sexual nature and the occasional use of the 'F' word.)

              Please note: this review was previously seen on Ciao under my username of MizzMolko. All my own work though!

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                a must must must watch

                Sex and the City 2 the long awaited sequal to the 2008 movie...the fantastic four are back bringing exactly what you expect, love, laughter, tears, romance and a hole load of shoes!!

                The fab four really are back and are more racy, stylish and sexier than ever!

                Finally released in May 2010 the move is classified as a romantic comedy, and is a much watch for any Sex and the City fanatic, even if you have never watched an episode you could quite easily sit back and enjoy every minute of the film.

                At the end of Sex and the City 1, Carrie finally married the love of her life Big who remained living in the Big Apple, whilst her close friends Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) had recently become single, Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis) had given birth to her beautiful baby daughter and Miranda Hobbs (Cynthia Nixon) settled into family life. The second movie carries on 2 years after the end of that film.

                The film begins with the wedding Stanford Blatch, Carrie's favourite gay best friend to no other than Anthony Marentino, Charlotte's straight to the point event planner. As the drama of the wedding unfolds, as does each of the girls current situations....

                Samantha, who is now 52 and trying to keep her libido alive with hormones while dealing with menopause; Miranda quits her job; Charlotte's two children are a handful, and she's worried that Harry is attracted to their bra-less nanny, Erin (Alice Eve); and Carrie's marriage to Mr. Big (Chris Noth) has settled down and become more of a routine, than a New York gal's hetic single lifestlye.

                Miranda is still with Steve and her son Brady but is still finding it hard to juggle her working life and being a good wife and mother.

                Charlotte is happy and content with her family which she had wanted for so long but exhausted looking after two girls. She loves her girls but finds them overwhelming sometimes, especially as the youngest one cries all the time. She hires an Irish braless nanny to help her, who Charlotte then worries Harry may become a little to attached to!

                Samantha meets a Arab sheikh at the start of the movie who wants her to come to Abu Dhabi and promote his new hotel to the rest of the world and so most of this movie takes places there and shows the girls on their travels. However of course nothing is as it should be planned...Samantha gets arrested for her wild antics, Charlotte and Miranda have a heart to heart over their personal lives, and Carrie meets Aiden....(nothing more to be said without giving the whole plot away!)

                Throughout their trip the girls realise exactly what they have in their life is what they want, and of course there is always a happy ending.

                The film is full of alcohol, fashion, shoes, love and romance, exactly what you expect from Sex and the City, and is a must must must watch for any fan. Don't be put off by the fact it's a sequal because it is nothing like number 1! A definate must see ************

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