Sex and the City 2 (R) 146 minutes B-
Going Rogue in Abu Dhabi
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, and Mario Cantone
I must admit that I had very low expectations for this sequel. Not because I don't like SATC (I liked the TV show, thought the first film was average) but because I thought the girls in Abu Dhabi seemed like a risky and stupid premise.
This film is a bit of a cluster f*ck, gimmicky and a little scatterbrained, yet somehow it works (for the most part). It's not unlike Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter and Twilight in the sense that it has a faithful following who will flock to the theater regardless of harsh reviews or the premise. Those films appeal to their fan base first and newcomers second, SATC is no different.
I felt that director Michael Patrick King goes a little rogue and puts everything on the table, with that we get a mixed bag of good (Carrie & Big, Miranda & her job), ridiculous (the gay wedding & Liza Minnelli) and campy (Samantha & Charlotte).
The sequel is raunchier (a plus) and more humorous than its predecessor. Many of the jokes are transparent ("Would you like a date?" says the stewardess offering Samantha a healthy snack) yet the corniness is sorta fun and fits the flow of the film.
Most of all I love all the writing stuff. It's only a small part of what's going but it's what drew me to the TV series years ago. SATC 2 isn't for everyone and it's certainly ridiculous, nevertheless it is what it is - an entertaining and often funny ride... even for a (straight) guy.