Sex and the City 2 (review)

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Workin’ on the Sparkle


(for fabulous brainless gals who lurve sparkle)

(for everyone else)

Thank Jimmy Choo for feminism! Am I right, ladies? I mean, not the nasty hairy feminism that’s all about equal pay and publicly subsidized day care and all that nonsense: All a girl needs to do is catch herself a Mr. Big, and then she can hire a full-time live-in nanny and do whatever “work” she wants to do for fun, like writing books about her sex life or calling it “PR” when she fucks a movie star and later brags in this week’s hot nightspot about what a great lay she was with him. Now that’s fun!

No, thank Jimmy Choo for the kind of feminism that has freed women to have as much awesome fun as possible! I’m talking about the fabulous kind of feminism, where wealthy white privilege is healing and a gal is liberated from having to be “interesting” — we all know that’s code for “dog” anyway — or having to think about anything unpleasant, unless it’s about menopause or being forced to sit around a boring old pre-war Fifth Avenue apartment — not even a penthouse! — with her boring old husband.

But a woman should be free from having to think about anything. Oh, it’s so frustrating! I don’t know how Carrie puts up with Big, who leaves her alone all day while he’s working, doing whatever it is he does with all his money, investing or something, and then doesn’t even have the decency to head out onto the town with her in the evening. What a rat! And after she’d gone to all the trouble of decorating that flat with the most expensive furniture she could find on Madison Avenue. “I’ve been cheating on fashion with furniture,” Carrie tells a shop assistant who hasn’t seen her in a while. And that’s one of the things I love about Carrie and her besties: they say stuff that sounds smart without sounding like they actually think about anything at all! Because only ugly unfabulous girls like actually thinking about stuff. There’s no reason to have to think about things. Life is fun! Have a cocktail and relax!

Oh, how I love Sex and the City 2! It gives you exactly the same feeling you get from the September Vogue every year: lots and lots of ads about lots of shiny sparkly things that cost an absolute fortune and make you feel so great that you can’t stop buying! It used to be (or so I read in The Feminine Mystique, which is this great old book from like the 1800s or something) that women were only supposed to buy, like, cake mixes and washing machines, but now feminism means that women can spend all their money on shoes and vintage Valentino and botox and $25 mixed drinks. And I’m sorry, but anyone who says that it doesn’t make sense to wear vintage Valentino while you’re making cupcakes for your kid’s school or to wear a formal ballgown skirt and a $200 T-shirt in an Abu Dhabi marketplace is just jealous, and probably too poor to be able to afford it. Get yourself a Mr. Big, girlfriend! Or at least write a book about your sex life.

Ah, yes, so Carrie and Samantha and Miranda and the other one go to Abu Dhabi, which is this fantastic place in the Middle East. And they get to go for free, because Samantha fucked that movie star and now he’s an even huger movie star, and the Abu Dhabi Arab guys want Samantha to do the same for Abu Dhabi, too! That turns out to be really funny, actually. Of course you’ve heard about how awful the Middle East is for women, but it turns out that it’s not really that bad, and the women there are all fabulous under their burqas and all read Suzanne Somers books about hormones, just like Samantha does. And Samantha gets to “fuck” nasty Arab men and their nasty Arab hangups about women — it’s because they don’t like feminists. I’ve heard those news stories about Westerners in the Middle East who end up in jail for months or years just because they kiss in a public place, but I don’t believe it, because it that were true, Samantha would totally be, like, executed for what she does! So it can’t be true.

I guess really the whole point of the movie is for Big to learn how special Carrie is, because she happens to run into her old boyfriend Aidan in Abu Dhabi — I know! it’s like that one time I ran into my cousin at Bergdorf! Because earlier Carrie had told Big that they need to “work on the sparkle” in their relationship, and then along comes Aidan who tells Carrie how she’s not like any other woman! And it’s true, because Carrie wrote books about her sex life, which hardly anyone else does, but she can also talk about shoes and shopping. And then Big gives her some more bling, which is so romantic I could die. Because we all know that when Carrie said she wanted more sparkle in their relationship, that’s what she meant.

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Andrews
Andrews
Thu, May 27, 2010 8:28pm

*slow clap*

Vanessa
Vanessa
Thu, May 27, 2010 8:36pm

MaryAnn–
You are now officially a goddess!

Hysterical review and thank you for taking down a franchise that started out clever and fun and ended up a parody of itself!

gale
gale
Thu, May 27, 2010 9:36pm

I was never a fan but went with my adult daughters. They loved the tv show and even they hated it. Stilted dialogue, truly amateurish acting, a ridiculous story line. If only it had been a little *more* bad, then we could have laughed at it. As it was, I’m not sure which nauseated me more: the movie or the horde of women who seemed enamored with it! Worst movie ever.

JoshDM
JoshDM
Thu, May 27, 2010 10:04pm

So… I take it you regret not writing about your sex life?

yesmam
yesmam
Thu, May 27, 2010 10:07pm

Ah, yes, post-feminism! We can buy everything that we want. Nice satire.

M
M
Thu, May 27, 2010 10:17pm

*others join in applause*

Alex Ortiz
Alex Ortiz
Thu, May 27, 2010 10:35pm

Mary-Ann
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Tina
Tina
Thu, May 27, 2010 11:05pm

Was it as good as the series? No. The first movie? No. But crikey you review it like it’s supposed to be some masterpiece theater.

Come on people … IT’S A MOVIE. It’s fluff. Review it for what it is. And it’s a nicer version of those crazy Housewives of the OC, JERSEY, Beverly Hills or whatever concoction that Bravo cooks up and that you ALL secretly tune into, but will never admit to watching.

Laurel
Laurel
Fri, May 28, 2010 12:25am

@Tina

Sure there can be “fluff” movies, but if you’re going to spend $95 million dollars, at least make it intelligent and funny enough to be worth while. This movie was designed for one thing: taking people’s money, and I would rather pay money for something actually entertaining than drivel that I could watch on tv for free.

Me
Me
Fri, May 28, 2010 2:00am

Like, OMG, this review was hysterically funny!

WalkSoftly
WalkSoftly
Fri, May 28, 2010 2:20am

Absolutely brilliant review. I’ve just found a new “go-to” source for information and reviews as to which movies to see, and which to possibly skip. Not that I’d allow anyone to substitute their judgment for mine (nor would you want me to) but finding a critic who is intelligently critical – not to mention extremely funny – is a rare thing.

Very well done indeed – I didn’t see the first one until it appeared on cable TV and fell asleep mid-way through it, and I’m quite certain this one is worse based on the “story-line” (PWP) and offensive, or rather, more offensive, to boot.

A.J.
A.J.
Fri, May 28, 2010 2:37am

To those who would say “Hey, it’s just a movie,” and state that critics should expect so much, I say thee “FOOEY!”

If we don’t call a piece of poo what it is, then the movie studios will keep giving us bad films. If they don’t hear “Hey, maybe ‘Sex and the City 7–Taking on Des Moines’ is a bad idea” loud and clear, they’re going to spend millions upon millions of dollars on crap and we won’t get to see the good films that should be made.

RogerBW
RogerBW
Fri, May 28, 2010 5:12am

Read the subtitle as “Workin’ on the spackle”.

Clearly there is a market for this stuff. I don’t know anyone who is in it. Thank goodness!

David St. Hubbins
David St. Hubbins
Fri, May 28, 2010 8:39am

Thank you, MaryAnn! *stands, continues applause*

B24
B24
Fri, May 28, 2010 8:41am

You. Are.Awesome.

I love love LOVE this critique…except for the part about her outfit for the marketplace: I’ve actually worn similar get-ups on occasion while working in Arabic countries ( insert face palm here); nothin’ wrong with sporting a ball skirt and t-shirt and shrug in a souk! In countries where they have varying degrees of the Muslim religion the outfits the women wear are VERY creative and more fashion forward than we think…just gotta remember to cover those arms and “most” of the legs and you’ll be fine. I was shocked by the outfits worn on the posters for the film and was actually wondering if that was going to be an issue.

Tina
Tina
Fri, May 28, 2010 9:35am

@Laural …

All this talk about intelligence and drivel cracks me up because reviewer Maryann Johanson can’t wait for the A-Team movie to come out! That just tells me everything right there! I can’t take her seriously, lol!!!

To me, Ms. Johanson doesn’t like Sex and The City series or otherwise which is fine, but she’s not reviewing the movie just things she hates about the whole franchise.

Besides, when was the last time you saw a $95M movie that was intelligent?

Let’s see:

Avatar: Wait! I spent 2 hours with flying lizards to sit through something that was a rip off of Pocahontas?

The Twilight Series: If Bella is the heroine for her generation of girls then they ALL are in trouble.

And I would watch Sex and The City 2 over and over again, than Saw 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 or Hostel 1,2,3, or Last House On The Left. To me the latter are designed for one thing: taking people’s money.

I’m not saying Sex And The City 2 isn’t flawed, but some parts were good. And having read other reviews, what I dislike is how the male reviewers are attacking how the women look (and I’m not talking about clothes). I’m sorry all women can’t look like 22-year old Megan Fox but come on, Kim Cattrall and the girls great! Too bad so many people are looking at plastic surgery enhanced women that they don’t appreciate the real thing when they see it.

Brian
Brian
Fri, May 28, 2010 10:11am

@Tina: Precisely who fits into your definition of “ALL” . . . ? ‘Cause I’ve never once even thought about watching any show containing the word “Housewives.”

I have actually seen a few episodes of “Sex and the City,” and it’s a miracle that I didn’t smother myself with my own couch cushions afterward. I could not believe that the catty, shallow, materialistic, and downright cruel women depicted were supposed to be relatable to anyone at all, let alone an appealing or acceptable portrayal of actual women. Yet there I was in a room full of otherwise reasonable, smart, pleasant women who were eating it all with a spoon. I was uncomfortable for them – it was like sitting in a theatre full of African-Americans to watch a minstrel show, and seeing them all really enjoying it. It didn’t make sense to me.

The difference between this and a movie like The A-Team is that The A-Team is supposed to be hyperbolic and cartoony, and makes no pretense of being anything else. The women of SATC are supposed to be “real” . . . and if people, especially women, buy that . . . well, that troubles me.

Der Bruno Stroszek
Der Bruno Stroszek
Fri, May 28, 2010 10:11am

Oh come on, Tina, the A-Team movie’s just going to be fluff! It’s just a bit of fun! It’s not Masterpiece Theater or anything, but it’s better than Saw 6, so you shouldn’t criticise it, the end.

Sandy
Sandy
Fri, May 28, 2010 10:19am

Another funny review, MaryAnn, but where are all the brainless gals who lurve sparkle to accuse you of being a lesbian with menstruating friends who drive ’96 Saabs and stay home on Saturday night?

You managed to deeply rile up the sexually stunted fratboys to the tune of 170+ comments in your review of MacGruber, but no one has insulted you yet with this review. What’s up with that?

Paul
Fri, May 28, 2010 10:24am

Having grown up in one of the three Des Moines in the US (the Iowan one), I can promise you that there will never be a Sex in the City movie in any of them.

Next stop, Portland, OR, where one of them can take yoga, be enlightened by scented sticks, and get herself a girlfriend.

Oh, and Tina, she did review it as fluff. That’s why she was being funny instead of doing an in-depth examination of the superficality of American cultural consumerism and the regressive, infantilization of the concept of individualism.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
Fri, May 28, 2010 10:30am

…but no one has insulted you yet with this review. What’s up with that?

Sandy, what do YOU know? I needed time to let my nails dry before I could tell her what a pathetic hairy lesbian she is!

And then, because she at least appreciates how wondeful Jimmy Choo shoes are (but she forgot about the Louboutin!), I’d be happy to let her have a couple of coupons I have for Botox and tanning…

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Fri, May 28, 2010 10:41am

And it’s a nicer version of those crazy Housewives of the OC, JERSEY, Beverly Hills or whatever concoction that Bravo cooks up and that you ALL secretly tune into, but will never admit to watching.

I hate that shit too. I gladly admit to watching anything I actually watch, and see no point in pretending I don’t. Which is why I am not embarrassed to admit I’m looking forward to the *A-Team* movie. Though I will rip it apart if it makes me as angry as this movie made me.

Some people would be embarrassed to admit that they are obessessed with *Doctor Who.* I’ve made it a virtue. :->

And having read other reviews, what I dislike is how the male reviewers are attacking how the women look (and I’m not talking about clothes).

I don’t like that, either. And I didn’t do that.

nothin’ wrong with sporting a ball skirt and t-shirt and shrug in a souk! In countries where they have varying degrees of the Muslim religion the outfits the women wear are VERY creative and more fashion forward than we think

I know Carrie’s look is supposed to be fashionable, but I think it looks ridiculous… even on the streets of Manhattan.

If the skirt and tee were purchased for two bucks in a secondhand shop, that would be less objectionable to me. It’s when designers appropriate cheap funk and turn around and sell it to idiots like Carrie for absurd amounts of money that my stomach turns. And that Carrie buys it and accepts it as “fashionable” because a designer and a magazine told her it was just boggles the mind.

Brian
Brian
Fri, May 28, 2010 10:46am

@Brian … I was assuming (sorry) that those who would be
viewing Housewives of ____ are female and the gays (I know my gays do). And that is who I am writing to.

And it’s fine that you don’t like Sex and The City series or the movies. There are plenty of male generated movies of hateful, catty, men that just appall me as well. Watching sitcoms like Two and Half Men (I’ve seen a few) give me that smother me with my own couch cushions, too for the reasons you dislike Sex and The City so much. Or just watch a sitcom with a fat ugly balding male who somehow snags a skinny, beautiful wife and then will put her down all the time. Yeah that’s appealing. Come on the list is endless. And they are supposed to be “real”.

@ Der Bruno Stroszek. EXACTLY … the A-Team, Sex and The City is NOT Masterpiece Theater. We should all stop thinking that they are trying to depict “real” people. But I’m sorry, Mr. Bruno, I never liked the A-Team, so this would just bored the hell out of me. BUT I hope you go out and have a good time. And I won’t criticize you if you like that stuff. Or call you stupid or brainless or whatever because you want to see YOUR version of fluff!!!

Tina
Tina
Fri, May 28, 2010 10:48am

Ooops. Sorry I typed Brian instead of my own name. I hate working on a laptop without a mouse, lol ..

@Brian … I was assuming (sorry) that those who would be
viewing Housewives of ____ are female and the gays (I know my gays do). And that is who I am writing to.

And it’s fine that you don’t like Sex and The City series or the movies. There are plenty of male generated movies of hateful, catty, men that just appall me as well. Watching sitcoms like Two and Half Men (I’ve seen a few) give me that smother me with my own couch cushions, too for the reasons you dislike Sex and The City so much. Or just watch a sitcom with a fat ugly balding male who somehow snags a skinny, beautiful wife and then will put her down all the time. Yeah that’s appealing. Come on the list is endless. And they are supposed to be “real”.

@ Der Bruno Stroszek. EXACTLY … the A-Team, Sex and The City is NOT Masterpiece Theater. We should all stop thinking that they are trying to depict “real” people. But I’m sorry, Mr. Bruno, I never liked the A-Team, so this would just bored the hell out of me. BUT I hope you go out and have a good time. And I won’t criticize you if you like that stuff. Or call you stupid or brainless or whatever because you want to see YOUR version of fluff!!!

Brian
Brian
Fri, May 28, 2010 11:02am

@Tina: Congratulations, you missed Der Bruno’s point completely. And how do you know I’m not gay, anyway?

Tina
Tina
Fri, May 28, 2010 11:35am

@Brian, thanks for the congrats. I’m sorry I missed the point. But since we are writing and there is no voice inflection, sometimes it’s hard to figure out who is being sarcastic. :)

Brian, maybe I’m wrong but how you described your dislike for the series is a tip off that you are straight! LOL or you are still in the closet and don’t know gay culture at all.

I’m not saying that ALL gays like Sex and the City or Housewives of ________________ but looking who was at the theater watching the movie yesterday it was women and lots of rows of men sitting with men who clapped when the movie was over. Maybe I shouldn’t assume! It could be straight guys trying to get in touch with their feminine side. LOL …

And since we are in the information age, I tried to google “gays who hate/dislike sex and the city” or “homosexuals who hate/dislike sex and the city” and came up with nothing. Go figure.

AsimovLives
AsimovLives
Fri, May 28, 2010 12:24pm

SEX AND THE CITY 2 looks to be as bad as JJ Abrams’ TRASH TREK.

Kim
Kim
Fri, May 28, 2010 12:30pm

I never could figure out why I just couldn’t get into this show like other women. Thanks to your hilarious review, I know why. I actually live in the real world and take pride in being a woman who doesn’t need Jimmy Choo and to say “fabulous” and oogle over every expensive designer.

Cat
Cat
Fri, May 28, 2010 12:37pm

I can’t believe all those year watching Sex and the City, bought the DVD’s and then they come out with not one but two crappy films. People can say whatever they like, these films are trash. I’m sure there is an audience for this film but I pray that there are no more sequels because someone needs to put down the cosmopolitan.

By the way, I loved the A-Team also, but I have zero interest in seeing a film version of it. I know that going to allow to believe that my dislike of this is irrelevant because of that, but I will keep repeating this film sucks big time.

Bluejay
Bluejay
Fri, May 28, 2010 12:37pm

And since we are in the information age, I tried to google “gays who hate/dislike sex and the city” or “homosexuals who hate/dislike sex and the city” and came up with nothing. Go figure.

Oh, they’re out there. Google harder. ;-)

Here’s one:

http://thenewgay.net/2010/05/sex-and-the-shitty.html

CAS
CAS
Fri, May 28, 2010 1:04pm

This is the first review I’ve read by MaryAnn, and I’m bookmarking your site now. Hilarious! I’m almost glad they made this awful movie just so I could read your review of it. Exposes everything I hate about the series, the franchise, etc. But then, I guess I must be a hairy feminist from Oregon. And I spend less on clothes in a year than these women spend in a single shopping trip. (But I won’t admit how much I spend on my horse…) Rancher wives in eastern Oregon are more feminist than these chicks. Thanx for showing me that it’s not representative of ALL women in New York City (or back east, for that matter)…

PS: I’m a huge Dr. Who fan, too! :-D Ya’ want a real feminine icon, try some of the Doctor’s companions…

Tina
Tina
Fri, May 28, 2010 1:55pm

… I never said that there WEREN’T gays who didn’t like Sex and The City. But but after 10 pages in Google, I didn’t find anything. It doesn’t surprise me that some PEOPLE don’t like it — including some gays.

I just know what I saw at the theater were a lot of men sitting with men, which I can assume were not straight. I know my gay male and female pals are excited to go! Sorry, but I know NONE of my male straight friends want to go see this. And already telling their girlfriends no.

While some women can’t understand why other women spend money on Jimmy Choo shoes or designer clothes. There will be those who don’t understand why other women spend their money on horses (and living in Florida horse country I know) which is freaking expensive.

And if some people are using a film or tv show to form conclusions about others from a particular zip code, no wonder we have some much misunderstanding in the world.

Ken
Ken
Fri, May 28, 2010 2:13pm

And it’s a nicer version of those crazy Housewives of the OC, JERSEY, Beverly Hills or whatever concoction that Bravo cooks up and that you ALL secretly tune into, but will never admit to watching.

You’re new here, aren’t you?

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Fri, May 28, 2010 2:17pm

It could be straight guys trying to get in touch with their feminine side. LOL …

This is another thing I hate about SATC: that it’s supposedly “feminine.”

Perhaps it is. Perhaps the world thinks that “feminine” means “shallow, materialistic, overprivileged, sheltered, dependent on male approval, and lacking an inner life.”

This is what the world has thought women are since forever, in fact.

There is nothing feminist about this shit. This is retrograde garbage that ascribes a narrow place in the world for women.

Thanx for showing me that it’s not representative of ALL women in New York City

Oh dear god, is it NOT representative of New York City, except in the fantasies of, perhaps, the gay male mastermind of the show, who is, it appears, fixated on Barbie dolls.

If some women want to enjoy this as “fluff,” good for them. I, however, do not want my fluff to enrage me. Of course fluff cannot, by definition, be deep. But it also should not utterly contradict everything I know about life as a woman.

Bonkfast
Bonkfast
Fri, May 28, 2010 2:25pm

Okay, I will admit, I liked the movie, but this review was absolutely hilarious.

As for my opinion… well, as I watched the Sex and the City TV series, I often asked myself, “Why the hell do I watch this?” It is my third biggest guilty pleasure of a show (behind Chapelle’s Show and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). It’s not a show I’d recommend to just anyone, but the first movie answered all my questions. I feel some people who aren’t fans of the show may actually like the first movie. It got right down to the show’s heart.

When I saw this movie, I feel it’s just like an elongated episode of the TV series (to quote Homer from The Simpsons Movie, “We’re paying to watch something we can see on the TV for free! If you ask me, everyone in this theater is a sucker! Especially you!”). It has more fanservice than a Megan Fox film, more shirtless men than Twilight, and more product placement than Yu-Gi-Oh! (and none of this an exaggeration). I’ll say the second half seemed to have some substance and turned it around (though the very end focused too much on Carrie – the series, sans the finale, gave everyone equal screen time), but still, I don’t recommend this to anyone who isn’t a fan.

wooster182
wooster182
Fri, May 28, 2010 4:03pm

I have seen several episodes of the show and it’s a nice way to spend a dark couple of hours at 2:00 am when you can’t sleep.

So I thought the first movie would be fun to watch. It was absolute trash. Carrie is even more irritating and self involved. Samantha dumps the best man in the entire series universe because she just wants more sex and Charlotte is there only for slapstick comedic effect that is never funny. The actress’ lack of skill was never more noticeable than the farcical scream “NO!!” she yells at Big during the wedding scene. That’s when I had to change the channel. I finished watching it, but just out of self torture.

So I’m sure this one is even worse. The most interesting character and definitely the smartest, Miranda, is always abused by her friends as though she’s not as good as them. Hell, she’s the only one that should be allowed to exist!

What I don’t like about the films is that they don’t feel like the show. They are too plastic, too rushed, the dialogue is too forced, and there’s no sense of depth at all. At least on the show, they tried to give them some sense of depth, even if it was in its shallowest form.

James Van Fleet
James Van Fleet
Fri, May 28, 2010 5:01pm

Great review. Sly and funny.

Paul
Paul
Fri, May 28, 2010 6:06pm

“Perhaps the world thinks that “feminine” means “shallow, materialistic, overprivileged, sheltered, dependent on male approval, and lacking an inner life.”

This is what the world has thought women are since forever, in fact.”

Speaking as a former history major, I would go out on a limb and say what men have thought of women changes with what they want from women, from era to era. Whatever they want from women, they say that’s what real women are. The 4th and 5th adjectives are the most consistent over time, but since the most consistent ideal women is as a mother, the other adjectives listed above aren’t as common. And for some reason what men say women are is usually in opposition to what men say men are (leaving aside the issue of if men are what men say we are).

Speaking as a guy, in my experience women do the same thing to men when they have the power to do so. I heard so many women tell me what “real men” were in college, and so many verisons of it, that I started tuning it out and went back to playing D&D to maintain my sanity (such as it was).

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Fri, May 28, 2010 6:49pm

Okay, not that’s only been the definition of “feminine” since the post-WWII era. It’s long enough.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
Fri, May 28, 2010 7:32pm

Rancher wives in eastern Oregon are more feminist than these chicks.

Actually Western states were among the first in the Union to give women equal rights–including the right to vote–and it’s been argued by some historians I’ve read that feminists in Western states were originally more successful in the West because they were preaching to women who regularly worked beside men on ranches and other locations and saw little benefit in the traditional laws which governed men and women back home–whereas feminists in Eastern states were often preaching to women who thought they benefited from the way things were already set up.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
Fri, May 28, 2010 7:38pm

*slow clap*

But is that a Citizen Kane type of slow clap or a Brubaker type of slow clap? ;-)

I’m not saying that ALL gays like Sex and the City or Housewives of ________________ but looking who was at the theater watching the movie yesterday it was women and lots of rows of men sitting with men who clapped when the movie was over. Maybe I shouldn’t assume! It could be straight guys trying to get in touch with their feminine side. LOL …

I guess I picked the wrong week to admit that the only guy in my family who admits to watching Sex and the City on a regular basis is a notorious homophobe who loves to kvetch about his former girlfriends almost as much as he does about gay people…

Ken
Ken
Fri, May 28, 2010 7:58pm

But is that a Citizen Kane type of slow clap or a Brubaker type of slow clap? ;-)

I visualized the Joker slow clap. One could just pick one from here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhTiJEYqqY8

Bonkfast
Bonkfast
Fri, May 28, 2010 11:34pm

“Samantha dumps the best man in the entire series universe because she just wants more sex”

It’s not that – it was because they promised to spend Valentine’s Day together and he worked extra late anyway.

“and Charlotte is there only for slapstick comedic effect that is never funny.”

Please explain this further.

Bonkfast
Bonkfast
Fri, May 28, 2010 11:39pm

While I generally don’t jump to Sex and the City 2‘s defense despite my enjoyment of the film, there is one thing I will say…

No sitcom is meant to be “real” at all! Not Friends, not Will & Grace, and most definitely not Sex and the City! (And I enjoy Will & Grace and Friends too.) In fact, it’s just as fictitious and Transformers, Jennifer’s Body, Twilight, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, and just because it doesn’t have robots, demons, vampires, or ancient Egyptian magic card games doesn’t mean it’s supposed to be “real”. You’re not supposed to take a sitcom seriously.

wooster182
wooster182
Sat, May 29, 2010 12:11am

“It’s not that – it was because they promised to spend Valentine’s Day together and he worked extra late anyway.”

I just watched the movie a few weeks ago. She dumps him because she says she doesn’t want a boyfriend. She’s miserable in LA. She wants to go back to NYC and have meaningless sex.

………………………

“Explain further.”

What storyline does she have in this movie? She doesn’t have one. All I recall her doing through the entire film is her screaming at Big at the wedding and then defecating in Mexico. That’s what Charlotte was reduced to in this film.

Muzz
Muzz
Sat, May 29, 2010 1:42am

There’ a lot of people saying that this is just a bit of fun and not meant to be taken seriously. But while the series was a comedy of sorts, it was held in seriously high esteem for representing the “modern successful woman” and giving intelligent insight into high powered womanhood. Maybe it was just the Camile Paglia echo chamber, but seriously it was supposed to be landmark television and people wouldn’t shut up about it.

Maybe it was, I don’t know. I only watched it a couple of times. But these films… the more I hear about them they sound like crass farces, the kind where you’re supposed to hate the main characters, laugh at their horrid vapidness and delight at their misfortunes. Then because they don’t die horribly at the end it foments all out revolution at the sheer injustice in society.
That or some sort of ludicrously over-the-top anti-American Islamic propganda film from somewhere in Pakistan (albeit with somewhat higher production values).

This is what landmark women’s television boils down to? Again, I haven’t seen the things in question, but if that’s the case it is most definitely worth the highest criticism.

Muzz
Muzz
Sat, May 29, 2010 9:26am

@Muzz … You are critical about a film that might be offensive to Muslim culture? Don’t you think it’s a little too late? I don’t know after Abu Ghraib, the U.S. government invading Iraq to shove democracy down their throats. Halliburton coming in to help “rebuild” there.

Oh yeah the new story is that some U.S. soldiers are executing people caught on the battlefield in Afghanistan. The soldiers have a day or to two determine if those captured are Taliban, and if they think so it’s lights out. VERY DEMOCRATIC .. Please read:

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0512/hersh-battlefield-executions-continue-obama/

I think we can safely say the American government has the insult angle covered. I bet Muslims wish that what happened in the film was the ONLY thing we did to offend them.

The only thing ground-breaking about Sex And The City series is that it centers around women, and it actually pulled in great ratings.

I keep the ground-breaking title to series like Lost. That finale was awesome!

But it’s sad to see some women bash (fabulous brainless gals who lurve sparkle) those gals who like the series in the movies. It makes them just like the Sex And The City characters they so desperately despise.

Tina
Tina
Sat, May 29, 2010 9:30am

Ok. I officially hate my Mac laptop without a mouse. I apologize Muzz. I never used a laptop before and clicking the center pad isn’t one of my strong points yet. Somehow I typed in your name when I should have typed in mine. Again my apologies.

@Muzz … You are critical about a film that might be offensive to Muslim culture? Don’t you think it’s a little too late? I don’t know after Abu Ghraib, the U.S. government invading Iraq to shove democracy down their throats. Halliburton coming in to help “rebuild” there.

Oh yeah the new story is that some U.S. soldiers are executing people caught on the battlefield in Afghanistan. The soldiers have a day or to two determine if those captured are Taliban, and if they think so it’s lights out. VERY DEMOCRATIC .. Please read:

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0512/hersh-battlefield-executions-continue-obama/

I think we can safely say the American government has the insult angle covered. I bet Muslims wish that what happened in the film was the ONLY thing we did to offend them.

The only thing ground-breaking about Sex And The City series is that it centers around women, and it actually pulled in great ratings.

I keep the ground-breaking title to series like Lost. That finale was awesome!

But it’s sad to see some women bash (fabulous brainless gals who lurve sparkle) those

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Sat, May 29, 2010 10:19am

But it’s sad to see some women bash (fabulous brainless gals who lurve sparkle) those gals who like the series in the movies. It makes them just like the Sex And The City characters they so desperately despise.

I don’t believe feminism means I must support everything all women do or love just because they’re women.

Tina
Tina
Sat, May 29, 2010 10:58am

MaryAnn … Ohhh. This is about feminism. I see. So you knock other women who do something you don’t like by calling them names? “… fabulous brainless gals who lurve sparkle” to be exact and probably other things unprintable. Wow! That’s not catty? Or shallow?

No wonder I love and prefer hanging out with men. At least you know what you are going to get.