Sex and the City 2 (USA, 146 min)
Written & Directed by Michael Patrick King
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattral, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, and Chris Noth.
Sex and the City 2, however, is mostly another fun-but-forgettable sequel that fails to live up to the standards set by its predecessor. The film begins with Carrie and co. attending their friends’ "gay wedding" (it's operatically gay), and thus opens with a moderately intelligent way of exploring marriage in its contemporary term. Carrie's confidence in her marriage to Big (Chris Noth), who now is only referred to by his real name, John, is put to the test when another party guest questions the couple's choice to go childless. Carrie's other friends, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), are also in a state of marital flux. Charlotte fears that her husband may be cheating with their amply bosomed nanny, while workaholic Miranda finds herself as 'just a mother' after she quits her job because her sexist boss repeatedly undervalues her role in their law firm. Samantha (a scene-stealing Kim Cattral) is also in crisis mode as she struggles to rewind her biological clock with a gargantuan amount of pills and hormones.
Despite its flawed portrayal of the Middle East, an unnecessarily long running time, and some humor that's a level below the source material, Sex and the City 2 is funny enough to warrant a passing grade. The four actresses also work extremely well together, and their chemistry itself is the film's redeeming quality. (There are also fun cameos by Liza Minelli, Miley Cyrus, and Penélope Cruz.) Although I don't think it will damage the "Sex and the City" legacy, Sex and the City 2 should hardly serve as a stand-alone product to judge the series.