Outblush Movie Review: Sex and the City 2

Okay, SATC 2 has been in theaters since May 27th, but we wanted to wait to see it until the hordes of screaming glitter-clad teens had dissipated. So, we snuck some alcohol into our local multiplex yesterday, and endured 145 minutes of sequins, awkward segues, and one-liners. All for you, dear readers, all for you.

Verdict? Not bad. Could've been better. While we appreciated the campy tone of the movie that recalled the best catty banter of the series, the plot was all over the map. All four girls have what they've always wanted (careers, marriages, families, youthful vaginas), but none of them are totally happy. Fabulous clothes - there are far fewer "WTF, Carrie? Are you blind?" fashions - stunning locales and punny wisecracks stand in for a coherent storyline, and everything is wrapped up in a neat little package within 3 minutes flat at the end.

There's a great deal of cultural insensitivity, particularly when a shorts-clad Samantha throws a hormone supplement withdrawal-fueled fit in an Abu Dhabi souk, firing condoms at male clerics and yelling, "I HAVE SEX!", with little in the way of apology. But, the point of this movie is like a girls' night out: lots of comparing of outfits, "girl power!" sentiments, friendship, and bitch sessions. SATC2 is fun, but best taken at face value: A movie about incredibly rich women living an incredibly entitled life.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

PS - For a [straight] guy's perspective, check out the DVD Talk review.

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susan e.

Posted on 06.08.10 at 6:25 AM

i disagree, women used to aspire to them. and now? do we aspire to be women who wear high heels to go walkies in the desert? being incredibly rich makes you brainless? and surely living in a place like NY, you would respect other cultures or at least be sensitive to their existence. absolute disaster compared to the series and previous movie. and what's with the outfits? and that crown? what happened to Carrie's beautiful sense of style???


Posted on 06.08.10 at 8:21 AM

Susan, I totally agreed with you about that weird black lace crown thing, but I *personally* preferred Carrie's more subdued sense of style in this movie as compared to the first movie and the series - there were a lot more things real women could actually pull off (even if they couldn't afford it). We don't aspire to be them, but it sure is nice to take a look into the lives of the rich & entitled and see that they have issues, just like us. The first movie was really emotional, with the failed wedding & Miranda and Steve's marital issues, and the actresses have said that they tried for the opposite with this one: very campy, a fun romp - a good summer movie. Everything got wrapped up in a neat package with the first movie, so this one was just a comedic caper more than anything else. It could've been a lot better, sure, but it also could've been a LOT worse.

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