Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall
Direction: Michael Patrick King
Rating: 1 1/2
Not again. Two years after they strode the sidewalks of Manhattan, the fashionable quartet from the long-running HBO series is reunited for this big-screen sequel. Returning director King continues to pander to fans that grew up during the show’s tenure on television. As a result, Sex and the City 2 seems more like an overextended sitcom episode rather than a real film.
The puerile plot is populated by with characters that are devoid of any depth or plausibility. Cut, then, to the late-40-something columnist (Parker, who also co-produced the movie). She has finally married the man (Chris Noth) of her dreams. Lucklessly, though, the childless couple constantly bickers over trivial matters. Marital unbliss, anyone?
Meanwhile, the other boorish gal pals face predicaments of their own. One (Cynthia Nixon) resigns her high-powered job; another (Kristin Davis) strives to cope with motherhood. As for the promiscuous vixen (Cattrall), her sexual appetite is voracious as ever.
Rather randomly, the script shifts locations to Abu Dhabi where the foursome is invited for an all-expenses-paid vacation. Cue crass culture-clash comedy, smutty situations and dreadful dialogue galore.
On the upside, the production values as well as the couture ensembles are ultra-chic. Celebrity cameos by Liza Minnelli, Miley Cyrus and Penelope Cruz provide some relief from the tedium.
The karaoke sing-along to I am Woman is the only highlight.
Here’s hoping there will be no more of these silly Sexcapades.