A guest blog from Whitney Punchak. A brave soul who also happens to be more this movie’s demographic than me.
Fashion, cocktails and men, Sex and the City 2 (SATC2) is everything you wanted and expected it to be – the perfect movie for a girl’s night out.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon strap on stilettos once again to indulge our shallow side. SATC2 is a funny chick flick with a very clear target audience: SATC (cult-like) fans.
Two years after Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) married John Preston, aka Big (Chris Noth) the women find themselves in need of a vacation. Carrie and Big are starting to settle into a blissful, marital routine, which irritates Carrie. Charlotte’s (Kristin Davis) perfect life is disrupted by her daughter’s terrible twos and the new, braless nanny. Meanwhile, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) quit her high stress job because of her misogynist boss. And finally, by becoming a small pharmacy, Samantha (Kim Cattrall) learns to handle menopause.
Thanks to Samantha’s PR talents, the girls snag an all-expenses paid vacation to Abu Dhabi.
This is a movie should be taken for what is it – Twilight for grown-ups. It is not intellectually stimulating, it has a weak plot, and the dialogue is a little corny. That being said, the acting is solid and the movie going experience itself is well worth it.
The movie theatre was packed with women of all ages in heels and cocktail dresses sitting in groups of four and five. The ambience was definitely ‘no (straight) boys allowed’. So if you do see the movie, don’t be the girl who ruins it by dragging along her poor boyfriend; that kind of behaviour is a sure fire way to find yourself like a pre-Big Carrie – single and alone.
True to form, the screen was full of beautiful men and shoes. However, these were expected.
There were three novel variations: location, age and sex. Most of the movie took place in Abu Dhabi instead of New York. The change of scenery was interesting, but by the end of the movie, much like the characters, you want to return to NYC.
The second new twist is age. SATC2 touches on a few age-related topics seldom seen, let alone spot lighted, in Hollywood cinema. While still being true to themselves, the four characters dispense their opinions about the challenges of motherhood, menopause and marriage.
In comparison with the first movie and television series, SATC2 did not have a lot of sex. However, there are so many sexual innuendos and general sexy conversations that you only realize you haven’t seen a full frontal of Kim Cattrall’s character until the movie has ended.
SEX IN THE CITY 2 Rating:
2 stars – it’s a renter. In the end, SATC2 will either leave you irreversibly confused about women or wondering if there will be a third movie.
Random Recommendations (from me, not Whitney)
Star Trek V1: The Undiscovered Country (1991) – For Kim Cattrall, I wanted to recommend The Ghost Writer but it’s a bit new (you should still see it). So I’m going sci-fi. Even if you’re not a Trekkie, the performance of Christopher Plummer as a Klingon General with a love for Shakespeare is fantastic. Good murder mystery too.
State and Main (2000) – Even the Sex and the City types might like this one. It’s a comedy with Alec Baldwin and William H. Macy about the making a movie called The Old Mill…only they run out of money and the old mill has been torn down. Sarah Jessica Parker is a pampered starlet refusing to show any nudity. (Wish Kim Cattrall would take the same approach)