Sex and the City 2: another disappointing sequel

At its core, a marriage manual for privileged women

| Jun 4, 2010

RERUN: Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth in scene from Sex and the City 2
Sex and the City 2 is quite naturally the sequel to the 2008 Sex and the City, which of course was based on the successful HBO series of the same name, all of which have a built-in audience that doesn’t include men.

Once again we follow the exploits of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha as they wear fabulous clothes, say outrageous things and have stunning experiences.

In other words, they don’t represent your average woman. They represent what your average woman would like to be: beautiful, loved, and privileged.

Oh, but don’t think that our stars on screen, as played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall don’t have problems.

Carrie has been married to Mr. Big for two years, but she is afraid that the sparkle is missing from their marriage, especially when he gives her a TV set for their bedroom as an anniversary present.

Charlotte is having difficulty with being a perfect mother, and she is afraid that her perfect nanny will become too much of a temptation to her husband, and thus he might fall victim to the “Jude Law.”

Miranda has finally made partner at her law firm, but she has a co-worker who dismisses her and treats her as just another “woman.”

And, finally, Samantha is depressed, because she is struggling with the idea of losing her looks, getting old, and having hot flashes.

So, when Samantha meets a sheik who owns a hotel in Abu Dhabi, and he hires her firm to publicize it, he offers her and her three best friends one week at the hotel, all expenses paid. Cut to Act 2.

Miranda says to the girls, “We’ve got a lot of Abu Dhabi to do. Abu Dhabi do!”

They each get their own limousine, and they each get a personal butler for their stay. Carrie’s tells her that he has a wife in India, whom he gets to see only once every three months.

Now, the manufactured crisis for Carrie is that she happens to run into her old flame Aidan at the open-air market, and even though he is also married now, they share a kiss!

So, should she tell Big about the kiss or should she not?

Sex and the City 2 is nothing more than a marriage manual for privileged women.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”


“Hotshots” is a weekly movie review by Dan Culberson available on KGNU Community Radio (88.5 FM in Boulder and 1390 AM in Denver, on Filmchannel1, and on Boulder Reporter. Culberson has been reviewing films since 1972 for newspapers, magazines, radio and television.