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trailer break: ‘Sex and the City 2’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


Ooo, sparkly! Is this gonna the Summer of Sparkle, what with Edward the Sparkly Vampire and the Sex and the City gals with their bedazzled lifestyles?

Wait, what? Dubai? They’re going to Dubai?! The country with “decency” laws so strict that having sex with your spouse can get you into trouble, where kissing in public and drinking alcohol will get you arrested, where extramarital sex is illegal and they’re so not kidding about that?

Oops, my bad: It’s Abu Dhabi they’re going to. Which is exactly as bad:

Women should dress modestly when in public areas, such as shopping malls. Clothes should cover the tops of the arms and legs, and underwear should not be visible.

Public displays of affection are frowned upon, and there have been several arrests for kissing in public. Sex outside of marriage is illegal and if any unmarried couples are brought to the attention of the UAE authorities they run the risk of prosecution, imprisonment and/or a fine and deportation. … Cohabitation, including in hotels, adultery, cross-dressing and homosexual behaviour are also illegal.

So that rules out most of what Sex and the City 2 could possibly want to work with.

Sex and the City 2 opens in the U.S. and Canada on May 27, and in the U.K. on May 28.



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  • Martin

    Ah, this is going to be a prison movie then?

    Let me guess, they chose Abu Dhabi because it looks pretty and exotic. Assuming that their native culture is how the rest of the world works

    And they say that travel broadens the mind…

  • Kenny

    There she is, wandering around a bazaar in Abu Dhabi with her hair just blowin’ in the wind, and nobody is spitting at her. Some, vague pretence at realism would not have gone amiss.

  • nnvee

    Could it be that the SATC ladies are non-conformists? Could it be that the SATC ladies are actually giving the finger to the Patriarchal Establishment Bitches (And I do mean Male Bitches). From the looks of the trailer they do not appear to be abiding by any of the laws mentioned above. “The best revenge is good living.” I prefer fighting terrorism this way as opposed to the way George Bush and Co. did it (or the way it is done in the Iron Man movies).

    For all the complaining about UAE stone age laws let’s take a look at what is going on in the free country of the USA. There is a gay marriage in this movie: Only 5 of the 50 states allow it. In this movie 4 women over 40 enjoy friendship, various stages of romantic relationships and sexual freedom. In a free market of movie choices in the US please show me one other mainstream movie that has these components? 1 out of 4 components, 2 of 4? I AM NOT DREADING THIS MOVIE!!!

    You (the collective you) must have a hardened heart not to love Liza Minelli. Daughter of the Godess and star of the greatest movie ever known to human-kind, The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland. I love how Liza easily pokes fun at herself. I can’t stop listening to this. It’s wondrous see (hear)for yourself:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/21/liza-minelli-does-beyonce_n_585191.html

  • LaSargenta

    Sorry, I can’t agree that these women are non-comformists. See my post at http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2008/05/sex_and_the_city_the_movie_rev.html#comment-46983 I don’t consider what these women do to be creative or original.

    I do grant you that the writers have included a gay marriage. This is a very nice thing. But, I don’t think that improves the movie nor does it make me think that these characters are less shallow or broadly drawn. Nor does it change the reality of what goes on in Abu Dhabi. So that is a total, utter red herring my dear.

    And, seriously, you are jumping on MAJ and this thread for not liking Liza?! Who said that? No one here said anything of the kind! And, personally, I adore Ms. Minelli. Funny, talented, and has managed to keep going and have a much better life than her poor mother. I got several of my most useful lines from her: I once heard her interviewed and she talked about some of the things she says to friends who’s dreadful performances she has just seen but she doesn’t want to tell them any downers. Won’t say what she uses (that would be telling) but, they work. ;-)

  • 5? I didn’t realize it was so many. I could only think of 3.

    As for Abu Dhabi, we should wait for the movie review to argue about if the director and writers were giving the finger or walking around with blinders on. My guess is one of these beauties is offered the chance to marry an oil billionarie and then meets the harem. I can’t think of any other reason to put the movie there instead of some other city with a beautiful beach.

  • nnvee

    @LaSargenta

    I am only responding to the trailer posted in this blog. As noted in my post by this sentence, “From the looks of the trailer they do not appear to be abiding by any of the laws mentioned above.” So using that standard they are distinctly not conforming.

    I do not know if a sense of free thinking and anti-establishment actually translates in the movie. All I have to go on about this movie is the trailer. It could be an absolute bait and switch by the movie studio just like the first movie bait and switched fans of the original series. We can perhaps revisit this topic once the movie comes out.

    As for Liza Minelli: I included (the collective you) in my post, meaning no one person in particular but anyone specifically who does not like the Fabulous Ms. M. It could also be that my use of “the collective you” is incorrect.

  • mfan

    Umm…What are you people talking about? I’ve always heard that Abu Dhabi is a cosmopolitan ciy with pretentions of a “slightly” cleaned up Las Vegas. People go there to party. The dance clubs don’t even check for ID for buying drinks. They play rock, jazz, irish music, etc., with throwing up because you’ve drunk too much on the side. See the definition of cosmopolitan. I do agree it’s not the place to go if you are gay. Go to the G-A-Y nightclub in london which will be featuring my girl, Miley Cyrus, on June 5th.

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