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Sex and the City 2
Reviewer: Richard Tara
Director: Michael Patrick King
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson, Evan Handler

The original Sex and the City movie was based on the popular HBO series, which starred Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw, now Preston), Kim Cattrall (Samantha), Kristin Davis ( Charlotte ) and Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbs) as four girls on the loose in New York City –specifically Manhattan . The movie was a recap of the HBO TV series. The girls somewhat matured during the movie. Three of them got married. Samantha, the oldest and the most promiscuous girl stayed single to pursue her professional career in publicity and continue to try to satisfy her unquenchable thirst for men.

In Sex and the City 2, the girls are having second thoughts. Carrie is beginning to have doubts about her relationship with her husband Mr. Big who is more into watching old black and while movies than her. Charlotte feels that her new sexy nanny is out to steal her husband and her two girls. Miranda, under subtle pressure from here husband and her young son, quits her job as a corporate attorney and immediately regrets doing it.

To the rescue comes the ever-horny Samantha who, through an Arab Sheik (Ark Malik), manages to get a junket for the four of them to the Persian Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

That is when the troubles begin. Carrie meets an old boyfriend and at an unguarded moment gets almost intimate with him. Instead of keeping quiet, she phones her husband, Mr. Big, with the news of her dalliance and alienates him immediately. Charlotte is missing her family and is still worried about her nanny who could be sleeping with her husband. Miranda is still feeling the pain of having lost her job. Worst of all, the oversexed Samantha deprived of her pills and hormones, feels the onset of menopause and begins to act wildly, finally ending up in custody for trying to have sex on the beach.

So, everyone has problems; only if all the problems of the world were that simple!

The story is penned by Candace Bushnell, who wrote the original Sex and the City script. It is directed by Michael Patrick King whose claim to fame, according to IMDB, is that he is a college dropout.

If you are looking for a good engaging story or even some veneer of talent, then Sex and the City 2 is not it. The characters and the actors playing them are so 1990's. However, if you are thinking of watching this movie by renting it or downloading it, then I would say, “It is worth seeing once.”

The plot is really non-sensical and some of the scenes such as the gay wedding scene are likely offensive to the gays. There is no acting with this cast, just some lucky people who have made it in the movies walking through the scenes. Chris Noth plays the usual deadpan character that he introduced in Law and Order twenty or so years ago. Sarah Jessica Parker has a fabulous body but is dumb as usual. Kim Cattrall is the epitome of an oversexed over the hill matron who happens to be overweight to boot. And, we did notice the sparse hair of Cynthia Nixon. Overall, an aging cast directed by a pedestrian director, trying to cash in on an old passé theme. The original stories were fresh and a little unconventional for their time. But, who would really be interested in the life of an aging pre-menopausal woman pushing sixty, a threadbare red hair, a bland mother with a lesbian nanny and finally a wimpy wife who wants to play author?

This movie has several simulated sex scenes. Actually, really two between Samantha and two random sex partners.

We give this one one and half stars, mostly for cinematography!