In all honesty, as soon as the promos for "Sex and the City 2" showed Carrie and Co. heading to Abu Dhabi for a girlfriend getaway that somehow puts Carrie and Aidan in the same place again (sans Big), many people were suspicious that the “Sex and the City” sequel had gone off the deep end.
So far, most reviewers are doing nothing to refute that theory; it’s currently stalled at 16 percent fresh on RottenTomatoes.com since it opened in theaters at midnight on Thursday, and critics have taken turns seeing who can come up with the most cutting prose. The New York Post called the film “Sucks in the City,” while Kurt Loder over at MTV said the sequel is a “stake in the heart of the great TV series that ran from 1998 to 2004."
Just how bad can this movie be, you ask? Allow us to count the ways. (Note: We’re avoiding any spoilers you wouldn’t pick up on from the trailers, so it’s safe to keep reading.)
Washington Post: "'Sex and the City 2' - an enervated, crass and gruesomely caricatured trip to nowhere - seems conceived primarily to find new and more cynical ways to abuse the loyalty of its audience."
New York Times: "This one is grueling, especially when the action moves to the Middle East. There are some gestures toward a plot — a stolen kiss, a lost passport, the appearance of a former lover (Aidan, played by John Corbett) — but remarkably little happens, even when Samantha runs into trouble with the local mores."
L.A. Times: “In this second screen incarnation of the fabulous HBO series, the satire is sagging, the irony's atrophied and the funny is flabby… Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte have misplaced their chic and sassy and become, gulp, too ordinary and desperate… Still, the women are not anywhere as desperate as the movie itself, which fails its stars and its many obsessive fans, unless everyone was waiting for the AARP version.”
Roger Ebert: “Some of these people make my skin crawl. The characters of ‘Sex and the City 2’ are flyweight bubbleheads living in a world which rarely requires three sentences in a row.”
USA Today: “Fans of the HBO series would be wise to pivot on their Manolo Blahniks and steer clear of the mortifying mess that is ‘Sex and the City’… An insult to the memory of the cleverly written show and its celebration of friendship, it's a slap in the face for the four gal pals (often photographed at unflattering angles) and an affront to Muslims.”
And lastly, a review for the fans, from The Hollywood Reporter: "["Sex and the City 2"] has the returning cast members in fine comic form, and it has more cutting-edge humor than the first movie. Critics will carp about the platitudes in the script and about the longueurs in the nearly 2 1/2-hour opus, but for the core audience, there will be no complaints about too much of a good thing. This picture is going to be a smash."
Are these nasty reviews enough to stop you from seeing the film, or is the allure of more “Sex” enough of a draw?
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We are no longer in a day in age where everything filmed or captured by digital video is to be regarded as art; Jesus Christ every channel is overloaded with crappy reality shows where half of them have stars of no talent. Can't people cut some slack to a movie that makes people happy because they appreciated revisiting characters they have grown to love despite the fact that it is not especially good? At least we are watching actually actresses and beautiful clothes.
I'm living @ Abu Dabui
and I'll tell 90% of that movie is fake ( I swear)
I didn't say that to get attention
bout I aid the truth
You know, I have not seen this movie. I don't care if I see it or not. One of my girlfriends wants to see it and we will just have to rent it when it comes out on DVD, but I think this thread is HILARIOUS! All these "guys/men" will not go see the movie b/c then they are gay or whatever... but you will sit here and dog on anyone who does see it or enjoy it.. does that makes sense? If the movie is truly a waste of time, then why even post here? Obviously you all care enough to read the reviews, formulate an opinion and post it, and then put others down for enjoying a MOVIE! Are you all so unhappy and your lives so unfulfilled that you have to put others down for you to feel like "men" or even "humans?" What is with that really?
Now, if you really want to share your opinion on the movie then great! More power to you!
So, these geniuses are going to withhold their music from their fans, as a form of support for their er fans.... Genius! And those folks that would most likely support the Arizona legislation that these Einsteins are protesting ... (wait for it, wait for it) ... are likely quite happy that these guys are avoiding Arizona (sorta like win-win). Maybe they need to give it anudder t`ink.
I grew up watching this show, my friends and I went through high school idolizing Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. They weren't just fashion icons but in their own way empowering. Miranda especially, an empowered strong female lawyer, was always an encouraging figure for me. Yes there was always some fluff, but under the fluff there was substance. These women grappled with real life problems and real raw human connection in the tv series.
That being said, this movie broke my heart. How tragic that these four women ended this legacy of female empowerment by grotesquely offending an entire culture and reinforcing american stereotypes both of other cultures and of gender roles. As a women and gender studies major, I felt almost obligated to leave the theatre the comments were so offensive. Anyone who has done a shred of research about muslim women knows that wearing a hijab is not necessarily oppressive in the eyes of the women, in fact it can be empowering. Though the american stereotype is that muslim women are completely oppressed and forced to cover themselves from head to two, a stereotype COMPLETELY reinforced by this movie, the research and the stories of female muslim activists speaks a very different truth. These women want to be portrayed as smart, classy, sophisticated, well-educated and strong? Do your research girls, because if a single one of these actresses had picked up a book about muslim women, I have a hard time believing any of them would have agreed to do something so deeply offensive and degrading towards women.
I hope these actresses understand the amount of power and influence they have and next time, I hope they do a little research before humiliating themselves and making it so very easy to rip them apart. These women can be positive role models, but in this movie, they do nothing but degrade women. I do not advise seeing this movie.
I really quite enjoyed the movie and I think people are being a bit ridiculous with their reviews. It was 2 hours of indulgence – a 2 hour fashion show....and I know that it's plot was very weak, but it was hilarious and still enjoyable to watch. What's wrong with a little fluff? I understand that we all expected a lot – I really went in there expecting more between Aidan and Carrie. The show is a lot to live up to and so was the first movie.
Personally, I loved the outrageous and over the top clothing, loved the shoes, loved the beautiful scenery, and it was nice to see all my fave characters again.
it desreves an lifetime achievement award at those worst film thingymis eveb an oscar for the worst movie in decadia..
This movie was beyond bad and a disgrace to the SATC history. I was thoroughly disappointed and worse, just did not get it at all. It made no sense.
I'm gay and thought the movie sucked. Does that make me strait? It's just a movie people, lighten up.
I saw the movie last night with my best friend and my daughter. All of us were disappointed, which is very sad since we are all huge SATC fans! Weak story line, no plot to speak of... No ending bringing the gals all together like the 1st movie. Just a bunch of crap! I could have wrote the script better myself! What a waste of my time and money!!!
Menopause in the Desert
Samantha may have acted in a reactionary manner re. dress in a conservative Islamic society, but I find it more offensive that there are still countries and societies that assert that discrimination of women is a cultural marker when it's not. The treatment of women in most Islamic countries today is offensive and demeaning. I am sure that you will find women in Islamic countries who feel oppressed and want more freedoms e.g. drive a car, vote in elections, dress in any manner they want. Not all Muslim women want to wear the veil but have no choice. And that's not western influence. It's women who know discrimination when they see it and want to be treated and seen as equal to men. Some posters are angry that SATC2 was demeaning to a group of Muslim men who were offended by the four girls' dress, but I find it more demeaning and offensive that many Muslim women suffer from discrimination solely on the basis of their gender. And by the way, I loved SATC2.
The reason the bad reviews are from men is because Men>women. DUhh..
Dear Pat Bateman,
I am sure you only wrote this comment to get a reaction from someone. Though this is not even worthy of acknowledgment, I would like to say that comments like this scare me regarding the direction of this society. You may think this is all funny and meaningless, but your comment has meaning and degrading other human beings has no place on this blog or anywhere else. This is not funny and not be taken lightly, it is inappropriate to even joke about lowering the status of women in comparison to men. I hope you realize that your comment is hurtful and rather than laugh this off, take five minutes to really think about the statement that you have made. I am embarrassed as a man that a fellow man would write such a thing, even in a joking manner.
These movies are made for desperate single women, right? I can't imagine who else enjoys them.
From it's inception, this series was made to appeal to flyweight bubbleheads. The movie will be a smash though, since the flyweight bubblehead demographic accounts for about 98% of the population.
Okay, it was brain fluff, but you know, last time I checked that was not criminal. Not everything has to be a seminal work. Samantha was over the top for me (isn't she always?) but it was a fun time with my girlfriends. No crisis.....
I haven't seen the movie but I think these ladies should stick together and keep good writing around. It could turn into our next generation "Golden Girls" But they should be realistic they aren't 30 anymore. Maybe it should be called "Revenge of the Cougars" and they seduce young men....and break their hearts.
The movie was good for SATC fans. I enjoyed it and laughed (along with the rest of the audience) the entire 2 1/2 hours. No, it wasn't movie genius but it was entertaining. The reviewers didn't like the movie because they are straight males and this movie is in no way targeted to that segment of the population.
I am so, so sad! Missing from SATC 2 is the witty, smart, sharp writing that made the series (and the first movie) a hit. I hope there is a 3rd for redemption.
Loved the movie. I can't beleved why all the bad press, this movie is for the fans of the series. I loved it. the girls looked great and can't wait for the the SATC 3.
A dingo ate my BABY!
Of course it will be a hit. The tv show had a big audience who will watch ANYTHING that's Carrie and Co.. No surprise there. Fans are not logical nor are they expected to have particularly good taste in movies, what 'good taste' is. A certain group of them feel connected to these woman, so it doesn't matter what a critic says. Even if they think they will be let down by the movie, they will still go and see it. Trying to stop them from going is like trying to get a buzzard off a carcass. Having said that, this needs to be the last one. When are they really going to grow up. I don't want to see "Grandmas In The City: That would be shameless abuse of the loyalty of those who are fans.
Could say the same for the idiots who continue to go watch awful movies with 'Rocky' in them, or idiots who paid to see Transformers 2. What's it to you? Everyone has different taste in movies. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's wrong for anyone else to.
I saw the movie with my girlfriends, and we all agreed that it was very different than the 1st. The 1st movie revolved all around Big and Carrie. This one was about the GIRLS. It's sad how many people posting seem to not want to let others voice their opinions. For me the movie was FABULOUS, and it appears that many in the theater felt the same way. My view is...go see it...if you like it...GREAT...if you don't....oh well, it's not the worst 2 hours of your life.
I have been a die hard SATC fan since the show first aired in 1998. I was devastated when the show went off of the air, loved the 1st movie and couldn't wait to see this one. It COMPLETELY disappointed. It was anti-climactic, totally random, and didn't wrap things up nicely. I agreed with Kurt Loder's comment, for people who have loved these 4 characters for so long, this felt like a let down. I hate to admit it, but true. Go and see it at your own risk...
I watched it with my partner. Sometimes you have to make compromises.
I can confirm that the trailer, a.k.a. the expunged version, is perfect, and can save you well enough to buy flowers & and a few candles. A lot more efficient to the couple well-being than this retard, muslim-culture ignorant movie that's a shame to all women (not only those with a brain). I should probably start scouting for a new girl friend as well. I know now what question I'll have to ask, just to spare me another bad pick.
WOW...reading some of this is very sad. Why put that much energy into hating entertainment. These women are playing characters. How many of you have changed in 2 years?
Loved the movie, my motto if you can do better then do it and stop complaining.
Fun, fun and fun! It's the television series just repeated. Love the girls, love Mr. Big. Enjoy, have fun at it and folks – don't be so intense, it's just light entertainment. The ladies look tres fab, the clothes are fun, and the lines are more of the same, keep bringing them on!!
Kim Cattral looks like she's been rode hard and put up wet. Yikes! These ladies are getting WAAAY too old for this stuff.
Re Brad: I will watch any movie with Liam Neeson in it...no matter how bad...but i agree with you SATC...never got it..thought it was vulgar and stupid.....but you could be a bit nicer about SJP...I have met her and she is very nice...one cannot help the face one was born with...I am sure you are no George Clooney yourself :)
I could never bring myself to watch the show on cable tv. Certainly not in a theatre. Now perhaps they'll retire that horse faced girl and her "sassy" friends. Hollywood has run out of ideas when they have to stoop to sequels of crappy tv series. What's next? A – Team, the movie? Oh, yeah .... Lord
It was a fun movie. No bombs... no shootings..... just mindless fun.
This was so bad, I almost walked out in the middle of it. The whole thing was just totally stupid and embarassing. It made a mockery of not only 40 something women (meltdown over a kiss?), but also of Middle East and its culture. Insulting to anyone with half a brain.
I haven't seen it yet, but I'm reading these opinions with interest. One thing I can say is I wish the setting for the getaway wasn't the middle east. Who cares? And as far as offending the Muslim world...again I say: Who cares?
Save your time and see something else. Sequels rarely live up to the original and this is no exception. The first 45 minutes is fun then it gets lame and takes a turn for the worse when they head to the UAE. The lack of respect shown in some of the story line for Middle Eastern culture and custom was almost offensive at times. It is suppossed to be funny but it falls flat and comes across as American arrogance.
I am a fan of the SATC series and first movie, but was very disappointed with the sequel. I thought that the writers figured if they just show a lot of fashionable clothes and lots of glam and luxury then no one will notice that they didn't spend much time on the script. The supposedly comical one-liners were just awkward and not witty like they usual are in the series. I thought the plot was very choppy and like another reviewer commented on, I thought that some of the story lines were anti-climactic and just jammed into the plot. Like Smith Jared, Aidan, the passport incident, Stanford and Anthony, the list goes on...
Also, I agree with others. As I'm sure many Americans don't understand Middle Eastern cultures, we don't need to perpetuate the stereotype that Americans are rude and obnoxious in other countries because we don't respect that country's dynamic.
Miranda looked great and was the only one that I really liked throughout the movie.
It was fun, and funny! Loved the escape. The story line was interesting and movie well edited.
Seen the midnight showing and it was worth the lack of sleep the next morning. LOVED IT!!!!! Thought it was even better than part one. Laughed out loud more than a couple times, how can that be bad. Going to buy it once its out on DVD.
Just another stupid chick show – oh I forgot that gay guys watch it too. 'Typical syndicated, cliche crap they call entertainment. Read a book, go to a play or concert, do something beside flop your butt down in front of this crap every night.
I am a woman, a muslim woman who lives in the west and am very liberal. I watched this movie and I was cringing throughout.. I didn't find it offensive, I found it down right hilarious how this movie portrayed other cultures.. Not only did this movie make a mockery out of Arabs but did anyone see the portrayal of the Irish Nanny? Is the world of hollywood really that uneducated? I have never watched such an un-researched movie.. For one thing Miranda the know it all about Arabian culture was using Urdu (Pakistan native language) instead of arabic (Abu Dhabai native language) for a part of the movie, the irish accent on that nanny was just awful. I loved the first movie and the series but this movie was a true mockery.. I went with my non muslim friends and we all agreed that it was nothing but a gimmicky movie with a weak and limp story line that only developed in the last hour.. There was so much potential and it was all lost on cliches,stereotypes and frankly the fashion wasn't even up to scratch.. Honestly it was an insult to my intelligence. For those of you saying it was mindless and a nice break from reality, I can't agree. The first movie was mindless, fun, flirty. This was is not worth your'e money ladies or time!
well said marianna.
For my wife's sake I hope it's not too bad. I read her the first review and she freaked. We still enjoy the masterful series in the wee hours. Unbelievably well-written so it's kind of sad.. I guess the writers haven't figured out how to gracefully let them age, or even continue their self-absorbed, yet urbane and witty shtick..Oh well, all good things come to an end.
Loved it! It's a movie that will make you laugh and have a good time. I love Samantha! If we only had more women like her around to speak up and tell you how we really feel, this place might be a better place to live!
Congratulations to all the SATC girls! And wait till you see Liza M!
As a diehard SATC fan, I was irritated by the FIRST movie. Tell the truth; who among us didn't have that plot figured out? It was much like the end of the show, which we all knew (whether or not we care to admit it) would end the way it did for Carrie. However, it seems that most diehard fans differ from me in that they're "brand loyal" and don't really concern themselves with storyline. People all said the same thing, "It was the perfect end to the story!" (which, by the way, was what these same folks said about end of the t.v. show). Anyone that truly believed the first movie was the perfect end wouldn't logically want to go see a second, right? I refused to go see the first movie (it was given to me as a gag gift on my birthday); Godspeed to those of you that want to spend ten bucks on the second.
I dont care what the critics say. I saw it last night and I LOVED IT!!!! Even more then the first one!!!! Some of the relationship issues with Carrie and Big are the same I have in my relationship. That part I could relate too. LOVED IT!
Loved it! Figured the review writers were men who won't ever get SATC or its humor. Who cares what Ebert says about a chick-flick, his reviews are always off anyway.
I'm just reposting what Kelly Lamb posted above:
"You might want to read the pans of this film in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin Chronicle, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, New York Daily News, Associated Press, Village Voice, Washington City Paper, and Slate. They were all written by women."
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I thought is was okay at best. Samantha was flat out vulgar and off-putting. All the other three were fine though. The Karoke scene was awful. They should have left that one on the editing room floor. Some funny parts – but it was a little too long.
When is Samantha NOT flat-out vulgar? That's her character and that's why most of us grrrrls love her. Lighten up, T-Bone.
What is with all the woman bashing??? Is this a Fox News blog?!
the good thing that there will definitely not be a third one....
actually i read that there is talk of a third one, and i hope that there is..
Jennifer G–Bravo!!! Well said!!
Just stick needles in my eyes
Are you kidding me, it was fantastic. I loved it, the clothes were the best ever, I plan to buy it just to watch again so I can make some of the clothes. I thought it was very funny and yet touching. They have the mommy part down just right. And since when has Charlotte not been neurotic, Samantha not been s** crazy, Marinda not been level headed and Carrie not been confused? Patiently waiting for #3
Don't hold your breath
Oh why oh why did they make a 2nd one the 1st one bombed so bad at that box office... I guess they are going to make this the new Porkies...
@ Everyone has one- althought the tranny comment was kinda mean...it was still a little funny.
It seems to me the only fun that this movie produced was the actors having fun, not caring about the audience. Narcissism at its peak.
The first one was horrible, I have no clue why they would want to make sequel? Such of waste of time and resources.
This was a cutting edge movie: a non-linear stream of consciousness narrative; surrealist costumes; a failed deus ex machina resolution; satirical bigotry; an ironic look at feminism; all wrapped in a narrative of the universal human experience.
It challenges formal expectations of movies to the point of questioning what actually makes a movie. Like a John Cage composition or a Duchamp work of art or the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the collective experience becomes bigger than any plot device.
It was Lord of the Flies meets Shamanspace meets Ulysses meets Waiting for Godot meets 4'33" meets Real World Austin.
The bad reviews are merely symptomatic of our post-modern ennui. There are no absolutes, and thus they perceive our world as meaningless when it's really their own freedom they detest.
And the part where Aiden kissed the tranny was hot!!
okay, so the movie is not getting an Oscar, but who cares...its fun....fun people, fun
@ Bob – Avatar actually had a storyline. It was basically about our greed and need to control everything and in the process destroy everything.
I was very dissapointed in SATC. They all looked old and run down and this is coming from someone who loved the show and the first movie. Liza Minnelli should have never happened the karaoke seen shouldnt have happened and the constant criticism of the muslim way of life was ignorant. They tried too hard to put out a sequel they should have taken more time to make something of substance.
There were a few good bits and I had a few laughs but overall it was crap and a bunch of ridiculousness.
I dont want to spoiled it for everyone Linzy but....go see it. I dont want a refund or anything, I just wish it had been better.
You called it feminism at its best, I call it a bunch of naive women who have no grasp on reality and it was annoying. Except for Miranda who seems pretty grounded and has age appropriate maturity.
Dawna...you and Sean might like each other! Could be exciting.
This movie destroyed the franchise. The script leads us to believe that four successful business women could, and would be so politically incorrect in such a fundamentalist society . It was absolutely horrible. It broke my heart.
Went last night with 7 of my gf's and we laughed loud as did everyone in the theater. I can not believe all this talk about it being disrespecful to the muslim community. Give me a break!! It is a comedy and should be taken as such. People need to stop and just have some fun for pete's sake. It was a fun time especailly with your gf's.
Why would women go to this movie with their friends – a girls' night out – KNOWING that the movie sucks?? Is it that women, in general, are much less discriminating in their movie tastes than men? Or that they need to live vicariously through a group of vapid, again stereotypes? Or is this piece of trash (and I'll never see it – I'm just going by my impression and the vast majority of reviews) is just an excuse for "the girls" to get together and have a drink? PLEASE, for the dignity of womankind – tell me it's the latter.
Ladies, please leave your ignorance at the door. What five extremists did on 9-11 does not justify ridiculing an entire culture. The movie may have given many people a good laugh, but at what cost? Pure American buffoonery. Like it or not, real or fake, the movie is a small representation to the world of what America is like. And as history has it (and you should read up on this), a lot of Middle Eastern countries resent the U.S. for good reasons. Miami Beach would have been a more appropriate destination for the four friends and their low cultural tolerance.
what's not an "affront" to muslims?? who freakin cares about them, everything offends them so that shouldn't be taken one bit into consideration. but yeah the movie looks bad
If it is an affront to Fundamentalist Islam - I am there and happy to be there.
Fundamentalism is a threat abroad and at home from Christians.
if you hated the show, why would you waste time seeing the movie? The show won numerous awards, so I'm pretty sure a lot of people loved it. and the horse remarks about SJP are just mean and childish. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
She finally got rid of that nasty mole. Now she just needs a $30K face stretch, before they do the next sequel.
OK people – please – someone put me out of my mysery – does she do Aiden or not?
to all those who say the show and it's characters were/are shallow and/or golddiggers–you have not seen all of the show. this remark is demeaning to women! One of the reasons people identified with SATC is because the characters were so mulit-dimensional and realistic! and who says people should act their age? Age is just a state of mind!
On the list of things I would like to do rather than see this movie, I'll include eating razor blades, pushing shards of broken glass beneath my skin, and volunteering for six hours in the dental chair. How terrible this world would be if I knew a single woman like any of the women on this show. And SJP needs to get out of Hollywood before she's thrown into a big oven by two precocious children who just finished eating her gingerbread house!
and Sean...how terrible this world would be if all men were like you...
They have been promoting this tired movie for the last 2 weeks like it was the second coming of Christ. And that is what is so sad. Even though the reviews are terrible the movie will break all records this weekend. Ignorant, stupid people watch trash like this and then try to justify their decision. The more money people spend on movies like this, the more Hollywood will continue to spend in making this trash. I would guess that 90% of the people that will go to this movie have never watched a thought provoking independent film, or for that matter sat down and read anything of substance other then a "People" or "Us" magazine. Go ahead, waste your money. At least it stimulates the economy
Absolutely Ishtar 2
I think the next one should be all about MARIO CANTONE! He's hilarious! I'd rather see the whole thing from his perspective. If no one else writes his story, I guess I will have to do it myself. Or maybe the next time their plane crashes on a mysterious island somewhere in the South Pacific and MARIO becomes the new Carrie. I'm already laughing at the thought. It could be SATC meets LOST. You go MARIO!!!!!!
very bad movie. awful. long and boring. waste of money. so sad that the whole series which I loved had to end this way. so cheesy and tasteful.
So you didnt like it but then you thought it was tasteful? WOW! you dont know what your talking about!
sorry. I meant tasteless.
The movie looks like absolute crap.
my friends and i loved it... it was hilarious! the movie itself isn't super well made, but it was really entertaining.
:( i thought it was funny and i didnt see the first one i was told i was going to go see it with my friend and she wasnt taking no for an answer but overall i think it was funny!
Didn't Ishtar also take place somewhere in the Saharan desert?
It seems like a movie about female mid-life crisis.
But as a male, obviously, its not for me. It really seems like a movie that your wife or girlfriend goes out to see with her friends while you stay at home. Its a girl night outs movie! And let the ladies, in the movie and the female audience have there fun!
Where are the women film critics!?
I'll just repost what Kelly Lamb posted above:
Seriously, these old bags need to stop and they need to retire the entire franchise. I've seen Parker here in L.A. and the truth isn't pretty let me let you. I can see the horse face anlogy.
Shouldn't that photo say, "Sarah Jessica Parker, third from left"?
Joe, I liked your comment the most.
THese are four of the least attractive women in the world. Only women liked this crap.
You mean this movie is somehow different than the idiotic super-hero movies that guys like that makes millions of dollars? I do hope you so-called "men" know that none of you possess any super powers, that you're never going to sleep with any truly hot women and that, frankly, you're very pedestrian. But what the heck, right?
Pray for all the guys who are stuck going with their significant others to see this film. I too am one of them, who lost a bet (although I suspect the game was rigged) and am now in the shameful position to hand over my balls go see this sad excuse for a movie then ask for my balls back. Sadly wife won't do a double or nothing bet so I am screwed.
Ha Ha! The review is being generous...
The first movie wasn't great, the show wasn't great, the acting isn't great, why would the second movie be great?
if you weren't even a fan why are you on a blog about it? Why would anyone ask your opinion? and how do you know the review is generous? did you even see the movie? Obviously they are doing something right or they wouldn't still have so many fans.
My mom and her sister saw this last night and said it was the worst piece of garbage they've ever seen. For the last few Christmases & birthdays all she's asked for are SatC (that's how you should properly capitalize the abbreviation, btw) box sets. So, I'm going to go out on a limb and agree with the critics.
If you see and enjoy this movie you are probably the sort of 50ish year old woman who brags that she's wearing her 18yo daughter's clothes to the office (or wish you could). For the love of god: Dress your age!
IF YOU ARE THAT 50ISH WOMAN HELL I WOULD TAP YOU. LOVE THE COUGARS AND PUMAS OF THE WORLD!!!!
Then don't see it, Mike. You wouldn't like it. Can't imagine living with an uptight like you.
had no plans to see it...ever.
The movie was fun!!!! The girls are who they are and I for one loved the escape and the humor!!! Does every movie need to be "Life is Beautiful"?? This was far better than the long drawn out first movie that took 2 1/2 hours just to get Carrie and Big married. Yes, Samantha's schtick is getting old.........that's why they poke fun at it! When did we all loose our sense of humor and fun? Definitely worth the watch.
This movie sucked. Plain and simple. Not funny. Tired jokes. And yes the first movie sucked too...
Perhaps this movie is enjoyable to idiots who did not "loose" their sense of humor. For anyone else, skip this movie. Spend your money or anything else – a trip to the dentist will be more enjoyable.
People really your taking it that serious? I'm still going to watch it no matter what..
Jennifer G. Very well put. Nancy, they are very talented actresses put in awkward situations working 48 hours at a time most times, id like to see you do it. I guess the reason it got such bad reviews is because it was realistic and people don't like reality
I thought it was fun to see the cast together again. I am an indie film fan, so no – I don't watch SATC for the amazing acting, or Oscar worthy writing. I watch for fun, for an escape from reality. If you are going to this movie for any more then that, you will hate it. Men – ummm, why would you even CARE to comment, of course you don't like it. It's the same reason why I don't like watching sports (personally, I know some women do, but I am talking about me), it doesn't interest me. However, I don't bother to comment how long these damn play offs go on, or how stupid the Super Bowl is, because I am far to busy doing my hair and buying shoes to care. So go paint your faces with your team colors and drink beer from a funnel, and leave the us fans to be "idiots" as you say and laugh at this crazy story. That's All.
Perfect comment, Diva!
I hope to see some vajaay in this one!!!
I understand what the reviews are saying, but I love these girls and I love all the movies and series. I could watch them all the time. I agree that the second movie was completely different from the first one, but it was a good different. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to buying it when it comes out. Love you girls.!
Why are you guys being so judgmental over this movie? This is not a film to educate or influence but only to entertain. HARDY: You're a complete MORON! "I am glad women dont run the world". Yeah look at it now, you guys have dont a perfect job! Get a life and a girlfriend (or boyfriend)!
100% Agree with you :)
hahaha love it.
Perfect! All these comments make me laugh, whether they are slams or not. Honest! The characters are flawed – that is why we fans love them.
Not a surprise. None of these actress can The script writers cannot write.
Do you know how difficult it is to act? and if they are so terrible why are they some of the highest paid actresses? they are very talented great actressses.
Millions of fans and dollars would disagree with you on that. Not to mention acting is extremely hard to do, i was an acting major and if i were as talent as them four, i would be proud of myself.
Men are still threatened by these women. Too funny.
Kurt Loder is still alive?
Its such a crying shame that this movie is getting such bad reviews. It was perfect. Its the typical storyline that all SATC fans have come to love for many years. Get over it haters.
SATC movie controversy was envietable, even for the true fan.. and having seen the movie i attribute this to our expectations:
Some of us loved the series for what it did for us and women everywhere.. Having picked up where feminism left off, it showed single women everywhere that we can be single, and still beautiful, intelligent, fun and classy. These four women inspired us, and gave us faith in life and love... Sometimes they even gave us a place to escape to, to find the things missing in our lives, like the lavish lifestyles, promiscuity, freedom, and even true friendships.
Some of us just fell in love with the characters themselves, and just enjoy spending time with these women. The truth is these characters are soo deeply drawn, that it really is hard to think of them as fictional.
This fuels the controversy.. did SATC 2 depict the same fabulous independent women that we idolized? Maybe not, but it did accurately portray these characters progression into real life. And if like me, you just enjoy these characters for the people they are, then seeing them for the last time could never be a waste.
SATC has always been the square peg, so to expect it to follow the unwritten rules of movies, is just flawed. If you think of it as a really long episode, then it really hasn't changed at all. The only thing missing is Carrie's inner monologue, walking us threw what idea she is currently exploring. And what was that? CHEATING! People who've gotten over it (Miranda + Steve) people who are ok with it (Stanford + Anthony) people who are worried about it (Charlotte + Harry) people who are doing it (Carrie + Aidan) and people who don't have to worry about it (Samantha).
So any real fan should just see it for themselves, and don't listen to the critics, especially if they're men. They just can't get it.
Not to mention the people in morocco that participated in the movie, laughed had fun and made money were not offended why are you? It was meant to be funny, the show has made fun of many different types of people it is a show/ movie with no boundaries... that is what is expected crude, crass things you would never do is what this show did it crosses the line if you watched the show you know that.
UGHH. Was like a bad stand up night club performance. Kept waiting for the drummer in back ground, or someone to be following them on the camel calling out "ba dum dum" every 10 seconds. Sure they were never really "deep" women, but in the first movie I felt that they had "grown up" and "matured" a bit. Sadly, the plot was tired and the characters really shallow.
SJP MAJORLY looks positively EQUINE with that HORRIBLY UGLY HORSE FACE!!!!
You're disgusting. Do you look like a bug...bet you do!
I would like to know why the people that are offended on here even went to see a movie about a tv show that is crude and out there that you know from the trailers was filmed in morocca did you think they would tone it down?
deforge, because my computer isn't workind dosen't make me an idiot.
I never go by critics review, I make my own. Liked the movie, laughed, hated Carrie(SJP) both in the movie and in person, so I got my money's worth. BUT BOY no kidding when I read in an article that they took some AWFUL angle shots of these four ladies.....wow, they are looking BAD and OLD! P.S. All that glamour and end up a trip on such bad terms, THAT I didn't like!!!!
SJP obviously has a great agent and they will milk this franchise for all it's worth. I loved the series, but waited for the 1st SATC to hit cable, and was very happy that I did. I'll do the same with this one. The art of creating a trailer has failed, because the teasers look absolutely ridiculous.
well. Most of you are bashing it.
But most of the people bashing it went to go see it, or read an article on it.
Hence, the 'stupid' actors are still making money off of you.
You just defeated your own point didn't you? The point of movies: entertainment.
Sorry if this wasn't your type of entertainment.
We fight against the images portrayed by the East of us. Immoral, vapidly stupid materialistic women. But it's true! By the way, these women are all over 50 acting 20. Repungnant.
I want those 2 1/2 hours of my life back. I was actually going to walk out if I didn't have to give a ride to 3 of my friends. Boring, obnoxious, and made women look so annoying like sassy, hard ass, nasty cartoon characters.
I saw it last night. It was mindless entertainment. Not great, but still fun.
You guys have serious problems. It's a movie. Crappy or not, people are giving their opinions and you're telling them to kill themselves? Really? I think you're the bigger idiot for making such a big deal out of it and telling someone to commit suicide because they liked, or want to see, a movie. Grow up.
I walked in..and walked out..el stinkero-no. Egads! Don't waste your hard earned cash on this trash.
A true representation of how far backwards women have gone in this country. Mindless, materialistic bimbos.
I agree. Carrie needs her head examined. How much complaining can a person do? Hate 'em all...
I thought it was entertaining... definitely better then the first SATC.
It wasn't a movie I would pay to see (someone else got the tix), but I did enjoy it. There were some really great lines in the movie... made me and the audience laugh loudly!
my friend and i had pre-screening tickets and absolutely loved it! i thought it was funny and it was exactly what i was hoping for. TLC is so right, this is what TRUE SATC fans want!!!....Good Job Ladies!!
Considering the core audience... I think a movie about superficial bubble-heads that has no thought or intelligence may be a magnificent success. All generalizations are false, including this one... but the term "Ditzy gold diggers" is a stand out description that seems apt. Still, if it floats your boat I say sail on aging bimbos... sail on. That was a little harsh.... I should apologize..... NAAAAHHHH!
Dont listen the critics,go see first and then take your own conclusion!!!!
Regarding the Critics : If you know sooo much about directing and writing how come you are not making tons of cash producing, writing and directing a movie??? again go see the movie and make your own decision.
I went to the midnight showing and despite all the nasty reviews I was fine with the movie. Honest to goodness fans will not be disappointed. Yes, it was little long. Yes, there were some annoying parts, but I was content. I could care less what other people thought.
Do yourself a favor and look up Roger Ebert's review. It is hilarious.
"An insult to the memory of the cleverly written show and its celebration of friendship, it's a slap in the face for the four gal pals (often photographed at unflattering angles) and an affront to Muslims.”
Every angle of Sarah Jessica Parker is unflattering.
haven't seen it yet and don't care what anyone else thinks i will go see the movie and enjoy just seeing the girls back together again!!!
We like the people in it, who cares about the script. It's like going to a local cafe that makes you heel at home. It's like waking up next to a familar face. We don't always have to be novel. Sometimes we go to the movies just to feel like ourselves again.
I have read all the comments up to yours, which is MOST. I agreed with a lot of them, but you said what I am thinking in a nutshell. Right on!
Okay – I saw the movie last night – was the plot great? No. Was the script fantastic? No. But I will say this: It is what TRUE SATC fans want – and that's MORE. We just want MORE of the girls, the laughs, the unrealistic lifestyle, and of course the fashion. Personally – I can never get enough of them. Will it win an Oscar? Definiately not. Did it make me laugh – absolutely! True fans will really like it! I had a great time!
My wife and stepdaughter are huge fans and they absolutely loved it...
I saw it last night with seven girlfriends and it was every bit as bad as the critics indicated... and then some. I could have written a better movie. The plot was ridiculous, the characters were wooden, the humor was grade-school, the costumes were so-so, and it was overly long. They managed to insult both Middle Eastern culture AND gay people. In fairness, there were a few high points. I LOVED Liza Minelli's bit, and I did laugh a few times. This film is for hard-core SATC fans only, and even then I'd advise staying home and watching the reruns.
Even if this movie had a 200% on rottentomatoes, a thumbs up from every other movie critic on the planet... and my very life depended on it... I still wouldn't bother to watch this movie.
The point is, it really does not matter what the critics say about the movie, the fans are still going to flock to see it and the non-fan were not going to see it regardless of the good or bad reviews. The real losers here are the critics since they know as well as I do that they are forced to waste their time to write a review for a audience that whose decision to see the movie will no be impacted in any way by what they say.
Anyone who goes to watch this drivel either has too much time and money or too few brains and common sense.
While I did enjoy watching this movie to an extent, I have to say I can't refute any of the criticisms that have been leveled at it. I understand ENTIRELY why some might detest this movie. There really was almost nothing to it in terms of plot so unless you enjoy the characters, the clothes and the silly humor (which I sort of did) you'll get nothing out of it. I also agree that it was a mistake to try and tackle the issue of women in Muslim culture in the way this movie did- it just wasn't appropriate at all. Worst of all was the Liza Minelli spoof on Beyonce's singing and dancing! As one reviewer stated, "Now I know what it would feel like to be stoned to death with scented candles." Not entirely unpleasant, yet painful and tragic in the end.
I'll just wait for it to come out on HBO.
Best idea on here. Save your money, wait for it to come out on cable.
critics be damned, this movie was scankalicious. highly recommend it.
shelldog: because youre an idiot.
Some people have been having problems posting comments. They click Post, the page reloads, and the comment doesn't show. It's not because people are idiots, unless shelldog happened to post 15 times and it failed to show up... then you may be right.
you're a loser deforge but you're funny!
I loved the HBO series, but wasn't tempted at all to see the first movie–yet I did anyway. Bad decision on my part. When I saw there was a sequal coming out, I rolled my eyes...then cut my wrists.
I am a huge fan of the series and the movies. I loved this movie I don't care what anyone thinks I loved every minute of it start to finish I never laughed so hard in the movie it was funny where it was suppose to be and I could relate to every character in this movie and it didn't show disrespect toward the muslim word. It was a beautiful movie and I didn't waste two hours. Effect I entered the threater with a down pour and when the movie was over it was bright and sunny I was on in a cloud 9! I salute Sarah, Kim, Kristen and Cythia on a job well done.
The reviewer forgets to mention whether any of those other reviews are by MEN. Now I have to go to those papers' and find out for myself. But, I'll see it online somewhere at some point. Don't go to the theaters much any more.
Somebody posted a small paragraph a little ways up the page, listing the publications whose female reviewers that it sucked. There was a good number of them.
I'll just repost what Kelly Lamb posted and Chris referred to:
I'm a woman, and I hated the series; I know I would hate this movie even more.
Four middle-aged women acting like gay men. Now that's hilarious. And so true. This movie was made for people who have no life, no imagination, and no taste. Just like the HBO series.
As a guy, I would agree. But that's just it. We're guys expressing our opinions of a movie which is CLEARLY not for men unless they "go the other way."
Question, though... are you guys sure it's four middle-aged women acting like gay men? Or, are the gay men the ones who act like middle-aged women?
My goodness, educated critics hate a movie that the slack-jawed populace adores? What a shocker. And now I know that The Hollywood Reporter shouldn't be trusted to tell me the weather outside. What a shameless plug for the film. An "opus"? Sorry, honey, four middle-aged women acting like gay men doesn't get to call itself an Opus.
LOVED IT!!!! Thought it was just as good as the first one if not better. Entertainment people, come on, say it with me. Not every movie has to have meaning. Not every movie has to have a message. This was fun, sheer entertainment that let us catch up with and live vicariously through our favorite foursome. So shut up, put on your best shoes and go enjoy!!!!
Have fun! It is still the girls we all love to watch, have fun! Happy Birthday!
why aren't my comments posting?
Going anyway! Tonight at 6:45 my girlfriends and I will be gathering to watch the movie and celebrate my 30th birthday. Of course it's offensive, shallow, meaningless, etc. That's why we love it so much! We work 40-something hours a week just trying to eek out some meager living, and sometimes we need a break from the harsh realities of life.
Congrats...my son will be 23 today..Brink a flask of booze to this movie...you'll need it when you leave..I won't spoil it for ya...
Could not have said ti better myself Carrie. Going to see it tonight too...
Yah, I'm going anyway!!! I'm in the "they could recite the phonebook" category plus I owe them for all the prior joy!
Debra, well put i agree!
I loved the series on TV and the first movie but SATC2, not so much. It was too much about nothing because the plot definitely was lost and became silly and ridiculous in the Middle East. I would have enjoyed it much more if they had just stayed in New York City and continued from the TV series. Nonetheless, I will see SATC3 if they make another.
i completely agree with you! it did not have the feel of the series at all! once they went to the middle east, it was just bad from then on! i hated that they did nothing with the husbands, we hardly saw steve or harry, and the characters were not their usual selves. carrie was a nagging wife, which i never cared to see, and why was miranda so upbeat now!? and why did they do that whole wedding ordeal and have anthony tell everyone he is allowed to cheat? that just made the whole thing a joke, and made stanford look pathetic! i honestly wish that i hadnt seen my favorite characters looking this bad! i just want to forget i saw this movie, really.
Oops - sorry, Michelle. Was addressing J.B., not you...
Michelle R-Rochester: You might want to read the pans of this film in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin Chronicle, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, New York Daily News, Associated Press, Village Voice, Washington City Paper, and Slate. They were all written by women.
The series only had one good laugh the entire 6 seasons. The first movie was utter crap, people had high hopes for the sequel? Like all horses that aren't beneficial, Sarah Jessica Parker needs to get put down.
I am a huge fan of the show, but i was disapointed in the movie, i though the characters were different other than Samantha and although there were funny parts for the most part it just wasn't interesting, and the chemistry with the actors just wasn't there anymore.
I went and saw the movie and loved it. I am sure it is not everyone's cup of tea but I really enjoyed SATC2 from begining to end.
I went w/ my best friend last night and had a blast. The movie is long ..yes it is... But at the end it's worth it. Was funny, dramatic and entertaining. Totally loved the bar scene!! My personal fave.
Although, the cheating part was a bit too dramatic, it all fitted very well. No room for part 3 at all. This was it.
Worth the trip 100%
Yes the Bar Scene was great! My favorite part was the wedding and when Samantha went off at the end when they were leaving the market. I think that there could possibly be a part 3 if they go with the Samantha and Smith J. and Carrie and Big changing their minds about having a baby. Here's to hoping!
I've never seen the show or the movies and I don't care about what critics say and I definitely wouldn't tell someone else whether they should see a movie cause it's not my place, but know this. Hollywood pays
college kids to get on here and post rave reviews after they sign a non-disclosure agreement, of course. I would know. Just an fyi.
I think all those reviews have been written by guys. I am sorry but SATC 2 is hilarious!!! my friends and I laughed so much. just go and make your own opinions and please send your hubbies to play pocker with his friends ;0)
that is sooooooo correct!!!! I saw the movie at Midnight when it first premiered and when I watch the male movie "buffs" and read the critics condescending remarks it makes me shake my head, b/c honestly only a man wouldn't understand the movie! Well not really cuz there will be some woman who will agree.
Except if you read the reviews you'll see that women critics hated it too. Read the Entertainment Weekly review.
Nice try trying to blame men for your airheaded ability to be entertained by vapid garbage.
I'll just repost what Kelly Lamb posted elsewhere in this thread:
Call me a cynic, but these reviews are well warranted. The minute they announced a second movie, I thought to myself the cast and crew are milking it...so to speak!
I LOVED the movie.....I'm recovering from surgery and a friend was kind enough to take me out to the theater, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Was it a deep, complicated plot? No; it was just what I wanted and needed right now; a chance to laugh and escape for a few hours of fun, frolic, and fabulousness!!!
New Yorks revenge towards 911 perpetrators...bash the Muslim world...hmm.. Think people, think!
This movie has nothing to do with New York's 911 Revenge. Our revenge is waking up everyday and going about our business. We are strong and resilient Americans who will not let them win by losing our spirit to them.... You think and wake up!!
Wow, so who cares if it "stinks" in these bitter, old prude critics eyes? I just saw a movie that stays true to the characters I fell in love with in 1998, that made me and an entire audience laugh. I hope they continue putting out movies every couple of years, I'm sure their fans will be happy if they do. I know I will.
You use the word "prude" . . I do not think it means what you think it means.
I chuckle when I read someone dis "the critics" like they're all the same. But even viewing them as one body, I don't get the complaint . . unless you're saying you don't care about anything but the movie's brand. I mean, who would want the collective opinions of people who have seen thousands of films of all types and origins, compared them, contrasted them, studied them, and truly considered if each accomplished what the filmmaker wanted to accomplish? BAH!! Forget that; I saw me a trailer and need someplace to stare at a bright screen and drool into my popcorn for two hours.
What's that, you say? It's nearly 2 AND A HALF HOURS?? Just think of all the drooling and giggling you can do! WHEEEE . .
Loved the series ,like the first movie but "HAAAAATED " the sequel.Had no storyline ,dull and boring on soo many levels and to top it off,it displayed complete lack of respect not only for muslim world but also for American women.I myself have lived in Abu Dhabi for over 20 yrs and have nothing but good memories of that city.We Americans have to learn to embrace the differences and not point fingures.
ok i just went to see it and if dis movie is a flop i have to ask why was the screen sold out?? why did i laugh till my sides hurt?? why did we all enjoy d story riding d highs and lows with great enthusiasm?? why did i come out of d movie thinking "way better than the first one"?? Guys if u didnt like it der is something wrong with you not d movie!! I for one enjoyed this movie to a ridiculous degree... anybody say different well they saw a different movie to me!!
Your spelling and grammar skills go a long way towards explaining why you enjoyed the movie.
terrible! there was no story line, the dialogue was dull and never funny. really disappointing!
I'm a true fan of the series but this one was totally a mess. There was no story line. There was a long digression about the tv in the room. What was all that? Waste of time.
USA Today's review could not summarize my thoughts anymore coherently. Approximately 68 minutes into the film, and I turned to my friend asking when the movie was about to begin! I love the series and have only watched every episode seasons 1-6 40 times. The first movie had potential to be a failure considering most TV series do not have much success in the film industry however I was excited to see a plethora of labels and love, perfectly balancing each other. The drama could have easily been argued to be a bit much, however it moved us, made us cry, and made us easily relate to Carrie's feelings after the wedding incident. IN SATC 2 ...NOWHERE in the film did I feel despair or empathy for any of the characters. I think it is easy to say that Michael Patrick King chose to splurge on the film's wardrobe, rather than spend more time editing the movie's story line....or lack there of. Women fell in love with the series because although we envied Carrie and her friends, we still easily related to them. In this new sequel...I couldn't relate anywhere, and not only because I am not married. Overall a disappoint and I choose to pretend that the series ended with a bang with the first film rather than dragging onto into an unexistent story line for a sequel.
HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE. . .DID I SAY HORRIBLE? We agree with Jackie, completely demeaning not only to women but also the Muslim culture. Probably would have enjoy it more had I had another pear martini. Couldn't get past the HORRIBLE CLOTHES, DIALOGUE, and LACK OF DIFFUSION NECESSARY FOR THE WOMEN CLOSE-UPS! RAZZIES ANYONE???
I thought it was a cute movie, entertaining eye candy. The whole Muslim part was a bit crass, but I see it for what it really is, a different lifestyle. In our culture whenever we have made the progression for learning to embrace the differences in people and cultures we do so with humor. I do not think it was meant to disrespect anyone, it was more Samantha's character being very upfront with herself, and the fact that she is menopausal.
It's not Shakespeare, and if you thought it was going to be one of those classics, well...enough said.
I think what it does for woman's solidarity across the world far outweighs the silly little situations the women get themselves into.
Seriously the WORST movie I have ever seen in my entire life!!!!!!! I was appaled by the lack of respect this movie displayed toward the culture of the Muslim world; for that matter it was completely and totally embarassing to Americans and women as well. I can't believe SJP and the other women even agreed to be apart of such a degradeing and insulting movie. I think people should seriously consider boycotting this movie, and I worry about the ramifications this movie will have on our reputation around the world. It was a complete disgrace!
Well some of us are appalled by the lack of respect shown by radical Muslims towards women. Oppression of women is not a culture I, nor many others, will ever respect, sorry. That being said, I think the choice to have the movie's location in Abu Dhabi was a poor choice. So we are just to ignore human rights violations of other countries because it is "part of their culture"? I think not; however, the setting of this movie was just plain unrealistic and detracted from the whole "city" them.
SERIOUSLY???? Dang, get off your political correct high horse...it was funny and it did a good job at portraying the Muslim world. Do Muslim men not truly expect certain behavior from women...hell yeah they do. Can you get arrested for kissing a man in public....probably. It wasn't offensive at all but did show differences between our cultures....what did the three of them keep telling Samantha "out of respect, cover your body" ummm isn't that opposite what you wrote???But what I loved was when the Muslim women came to their rescue after exposing designer fashions at their book club. I think those of you who think it was offensive to the Muslims need to lighten up...seriously!!!
Oh get a grip!!! It's a friggin movie not a UN resolution. Quite frankly, the muslims didn't show much respect for our country on 09/11, on Christmas, at Ft. Hood....need I go on???
Agree Irene and let's not forget the moron who left a smoldering truck in the middle of a 'Time Square' inersection, or any of the thousands other terrorists acts accross the world....
This movie was SWEET!!!! I loved how it portrayed the characters as their lives changed just like the rest of us. I also love that Sarah Jessica Parker is so real and truly beautiful. I would watch it again.
"I also love that Sarah Jessica Parker is so real and truly beautiful."
Ooooh, I get it now: They're using a different woman by the same name...
If you consider and worn out alligator bag beautiful.
I saw SATC-2 tonite with friends and loved it! No it was not as good as the first but still enjoyable. It was not racist! Samantha was a hoot! I think it showed the girls settled in their lives and I loved it! Don't listen to the reviews, go see it for yourself!
Honestly nothing would stop me from seeing this movie. Although the reviews are disappointing. i was hoping it would be as good as th first! but yeah as soon as i saw the previews when they go to Morocco i was like ahhh really???
I saw the movie at a midnight showing last night and I was just as disappointed as I expected to be. I LOVED the series on HBO and I was pretty happy with the movie, but the sequel was just terrible. I really tried to like it I did, but the story was non-existent, Carrie and Samantha hogged the whole movie and they were NOT portrayed as the women I could relate to. I felt as though the husbands were given too small of face time with the audience. I love Steve and Harry. What was the point of Smith coming back at all? That was a waste of time.
The cameos were obnoxious, the Abu Dhabi plot was atrocious. The allusion to the couple that was arrested in Dubai for kissing was incredibly offensive. I couldn't stand it. It was uncomfortable (almost painful) to watch. In addition to the pointless Aidan scenes and the stupid "cheating" plot, the movie was entirely too long. In the first movie, there was plot. It was true to the series and even though it wasn't the best, the effort was visible and the movie was pushed forward by the decent story. In the sequel, the movie stalls like a lemon on the freeway. It's too damn long.
I really wanted to enjoy this movie and my best friend loved it, considered it better than the first movie. I just didn't agree. Go see it and decide for yourself, but I stand by my opinion.
PS The wedding was ridiculous and totally unexplained. What ever happened to Marcus?!
Just came from it and really liked it. Did I think Carrie was acting like a silly, spoiled brat? Yes. But this is who she's always been. Was there any real plot? No. But it was good to see them. Loved Miranda and Charlotte's bar scene the best. It wasn't as good as the first movie, but I didn't feel like I wasted my time. My audience laughed out loud a lot and seemed to be having a great time. The only thing that made no sense was that she said she thought she missed her "old life" and that Aidan represented that. Well...As I recall, Aidan never wanted to go out either–wanted to eat fried chicken and watch the game. That was their problem. She wasn't the marrying kind when it came to him. So, her rationale for kissing him didn't ring true at all. So, it wasn't a perfect movie, but it was, as I said, nice to spend time with these women.
These critics are ridiculous...this movie was great. I adored the series and SATC-1 and SATC-2 is added to the list. We LAUGHED lots and the remarks about it being racist is just someone wanting to start trouble. The Muslim women provided quite a bit of laughs and actually portrayed them as being just like any other woman living in the free world...(no spoiler I will write) so just get off of the trying to make it out to be politically incorrect...because it was not...there was way more gay bashing and it was quite funny and I'm sure the gay population would agree....it's sad that roger ebert's comment was posted...that old man probably didn't stay awake during the movie and I am so sure he never watched an episode of the series so of course he wouldn't like it...and the "top" critic from USA today...she probably runs around the city in bo bo's and polyester...fans of SATC, go see the movie and decide for yourself..this fan was very happy!!!
You've certainly done a lot to dispel the rumors that women are shallow and materialistic! Thanks!
In case you haven't noticed, a lot of women are shallow and materialistic.
Bad, bad, bad!!!!!! The t.v. series and first movie were awesome. The sequel.....AWEFUL on so many levels!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i saw it today and i loved it. I don't care what the critics said about the movie i didn't want it to end.
I thought "The Hangover was hilarious, and Bradley Cooper was gorgeous as well.
It's a good thing he has his looks and a smile to fall back on because he has no discernible acting talent.
The movie "The Hangover" got rave reviews...I was embarassed that I actually wasted hours of my life watching it, waiting for a chuckle. This being said, I believe that SATC will be exactly what the fans of this show will want to see, and I am one of them. I can't wait!
I heard that The Hangover was hilarious. It was painful - stupid and unfunny. And it's not like crude can't be funny. Forgetting Sarah Marshall was hilarious.
I totally agree.. the 'Hangover' was aweful...total waste of time...AND I agree with SPK too..Loved 'Forgeetting Sarah Marshall'. I saw SATC 2 yesterday (1st matinee)..SO obviously I am a fan of the show... the sequel is FUN and moves along much quicker than the first movie and I truly feel it was tons better than the first movie. The critics are really panning this... I can understand... it's pretty shallow and trite. BUT it is a FUN escape movie for 40-50 year old women.. my BFF and I (she's 37 and I'm 48) both found tons we could relate to AND we both thought it was a fun excape... AND isn't that what movies are suppose to be!
Are you SERIOUS? The Hangover was HILARIOUS! And I don't normally like stupid-men-getting-drunk-and-doing stupid-stuff movies. I'm one of those that gets embarassed when others embarass themselves. Oh well, guess you just don't get it.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall was AWFUL – but my husband loved it.
I agree that anyone who found the Hangover funny must be idiotic. It was so over hyped that when I finally saw it I couldn't believe that was what people were calling the funniest movies ever. I believe SATC 2 probably sucks but both media and peer reviews can definitely be way off.
What a flop of a movie! Despite being a HUGE fan of the TV series, I couldn't even pretend to like this film. The storyline was dull and perdictable, the attempted humour was lame and the entire thing was really shallow.
And, the blatant racism and continuous insults directed towards the Muslim world were shocking!
I am assuming (which most likely will make and Ass out of you and me) that the critics are right. Even women critics have said that is movie is horrid (Entertainment Weekly). I think what this movie does is from the synopsis I have read is that it stereotypes women as never being happy with their lives. I honestly don't think that the majority of women who go see this movie would be unhappy with their own lives.
If you go and see the movie and it makes you happy then good for you. Hey I love Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and it makes me happy so who am I to judge.
This movie glorifies and celebrates the worst of women's vices, flaws and poor behaviors. IT does nothing but celebrate the shallowness, materialism, vapidness and general cluelessness of the characters. A complete break from realism, none of the characters live a life that remotely resembles the reality of Western (nevermind third world) women. Money, glitz and luxury are easily available and the characters gorge on it without a second thought to its provenence.
This movie, and the series that spawned it, are simply aweful. It presents women in the worst of lights, it reinforces bad stereotypes. It degrades the human spirit to a simple shiny-object chaser. It trivializes the hard work and concerns of everyday people. It creates discontent on feeble-minded women who may not see how out-of-touch this series/movie is yet compare it to their own lives.
Vapid, vapid, vapid garbage.
P.S. You can wrap the horse in luxury silk.... it still looks like a horse.
They also all looked terrible in the movie. The clothes weren't beautiful, they were ridiculous. The only saving grace is Liza Minnelli and her "Single Ladies."
Does SJP still look like a horse while in the movie?
You have "man " in your screen name and then go on to say Liza was the BEST part..
I'm just saying.....
Hey, Dduellman is my wife, D is for Doug. And I'll have you know, Liza was DDDDeeeelicious in this movie. Fan on boys.
Saw it last night. The producers, writers, directors and actors forgot the central premise of SATC; women want to be them and want their life. The characters in the newest film are not even likable and Carrie is the worst of all. Her treatment of Big is selfish and immature.
OMG this movie is crap. !! The worst movie till date. I know who killed me' is 100000 times better than this . now figure out youself..i want my money back.!!!!!
this is the worst movie i have ever seen in my life. Just stupid !!!
I loved the movie! The fashion was great, the girls were wonderful, and Morocco was gorgeous! We laughed throughout the entire movie! I loved Liza Minelli, the wedding, the nanny, Sam's "young" dress, the Aidan scene, etc. Fabulous!!!
And I didn't find what they did to be bashing the Middle East..did they lie about anything?? No, so what's the problem?
Isn't it true that women can't reveal skin? Isn't it true that some women wear veils? Isn't it true that they don't like PDA (public displays of affection)? Samantha's scence that may be causing this stir was OK by me. She did what many people want to say the uptight laws over there . Not saying she was right, but why can't someone ACT that way in a movie??? Key Word: ACT!
Reviews are people's opinions NOT facts. Each person has the right to decide what they like & dislike. How can you argue an OPINION????
Even if the MOVIE is not politically correct, who cares? Is that serious? This is a MOVIE people with ACTORS! Geez lighten up!
It's not Morocco, it's Abu Dhabi!
It was filmed in Morocco actually so that's what you're seeing
and what do you – or the filmmakers- know of middle east, its culture and traditions? hope you are making these comments based on living there, not the american/western media. the truth is very different than what shallow movies like SATC portray.
I have been in the Middle East numerous times, and I can confirm that the movie was a huge affront to Middle Eastern culture on many levels. It was embarrassing how culturally insensitive the movie was. These girls in their horrible, garish outfits, loud, drunk, vulgar and stupid most certainly were trying much harder to conform to their US fashion culture than Middle Eastern women are trying to conform to their respective one. If anyone is trapped in a compulsion to wear certain clothes Carrie et al. don't need to look towards the Middle East. They can just point the finger at themselves.
This was just stupid.. a 40 minute gay wedding, then a 2 hour trip thru and insulting Arab culture. I want my money back!!!
Dude, what did you think it was going to be?
My wife pleaded with me go to that last twilight movie, I was in no way suprised at how God Awful it was. I also told her how God Awful it was repeatedly. She told me she will go with her girlfriends to sechs and the city the duece and the next installment of the sparkly vampires.
I will be at the house banging the babysitter.
Wow, well, aren't you a class act?
Sheik– That is HILARIOUS.
I think the only reason I could find to see the movie is that apparently they bash Arab culture. I'm kinda onboard with that.
If you are hawt you are welcome to come over for some bangathon akshun. Although I would assume you are a fan of the satc so you should probably stay home with your bon bons and cats
Boring old desperate cougars waaaaay past the "best used by" date.
Under the Geneva convention, this IS torture.
I know the reviews are bad, but even the reviewers acknowledge that fans are going to go anyway. I'll wait until my closest friends see it and make my decision based on their response. (I'll also have some drinks before I go!)
We just left the movie. One of the worst movies ever made and I was a big fan of the TV show and the first movie. This movie makes the women look like idiots. It makes Americans look like snobs and fools by failing to respect the values and norms of another society. And Samantha gets the worst of it. She has about 2 scenes where she is not made to look like a complete moron. The women should have refused to make this movie and demanded a script which treated with them the respect that they deserve.
Well said. I, too, love the series/1st movie. I cannot believe THIS movie was made. It was charmless, tasteless, flimsy, shallow and a slap in the face to what SATC used to be. The "girls" jumped the shark w/this one.
I so agree... so agree!! It was highly demeaning to women, and it totally strayed from the original quality of the characters and their story. Yuk.
I am a huge fan of the show and of both movies. I think all of the actors do a great job. Yes I am sure that i would have thought it was a long movie...if I wasn't a true fan...I couldn't get enough! i didn't want it to end. I saw it last night at 11:59 pm and I only got an hour and a half sleep because I was thinking about it all night. Don't listen to these bad reviews...Get your girl friends together. get dressed up and go see it! I am planning on seeing it for the second time on Saturday! i am a true SATC lover!
Kill yourself now
So did you come home and wake up your 15 cats and tell them all about the movie?
Awww you have no life...
This is the problem with being a "true fan" of anything . . you're likely to swallow any hairball the studio coughs up as long as it has the proper label on it. Happens with all kinds of franchises that devolve into cash grabs. Being a Star Wars kis, I even convinced myself "The Phantom Menace" was GREAT the first time I saw it. Then I saw it five more times before finally admitting to myself that it was a steaming pile. "True fans" too often suspend critical thinking when it comes to their favorites.
I'm getting more and more glad not to be a woman every day . .
If it's bad, it's their money and time wasted; if it's good, then it's time and money well spent. Why do we feel that we have to respond directly to the comments? Shouldn't the response be based on the review? We really do enjoy bullying and bashing other people. Freedom of expression? Right... the most abused expression (pun intended). Yet, it's the least understood.
You need a husband and a couple of kids. Your life sure sounds empty.
From what I understand there are mixed reviews but I never go by what movie critics say anyway. I make up my own mind and I will be seeing it this weekend.
Then you don't "understand" much. They aren't mixed. They are abysmal.
Errrr . . isn't that what reviews are for; to help you decide what to see? I always wonder what point people think they're making when they say something like "I make up my own mind what to see." Your choices are informed by something, no? You didn't decide to see this movie in a vacuum.
I'm guessing in your case, you were gonna see a SATC movie no matter what, and like a teenage boy after Transformers 2 will convince yourself it was AWESOME no matter how the actual experience is. Whatev; enjoy yourself. But please stow the "look at me and my independent mind" act. You just choose to let the studio's marketing team lead you by the nose instead of seeking out less obvious choices.
Oh Douggie D ( really?) What makes a critics view anymore valid than someone elses? Take Avitar- great special effects, no story, mediocre acting and the biggest grossing movie of all time becuase somebody liked it.
If criitcs were the criteria for movie going the boxoffice number would be completely upside down. Most great movies do not draw audiences. Blarth whoever, Mall Cop- nearly 250 million dollars!!! huh?
Glad you axed, Bob:
You would only ask that question because you don't consider the topic of movies worth taking seriously. For some reason, people who don't know much and are not curious about film feel their opinions should get equal weight. Nonsense.
Take any topic - cars, for instance. I don't care about cars, I'm not interested in cars as long as mine runs, but some members of my family are. They read about them, tinker with them, and modify them. YAWN. When they talk cars, I wouldn't for a second presume that my uninformed, lazy opinion would add to their conversation. So I just listen and hope to learn something or slip away to do something else. If I have a meager knowledge base about a topic, why would I presume my opinion is useful?
Not so with film . . probably since movies are a sometimes uneasy blend of populist entertainment, craftsmanship and art, the most people treat them like pure product or comfort food. Instead of seeking out the opinions of people who have invested significant time and passion into the topic, they return again and again to the familiar and the uncomplicated. They don't care in the least about "quality," or at least effort to create something new, just as long as it goes down easy.
BTW, the majority of critics gave positive reviews to Avatar, and many of the top-grossing films (Return of the King, the Harry Potter films, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, etc.). Box office is not inversely correlated to the overall tone of critics; it's completely unrelated, just like box-office results have zero correlation with quality filmmaking. Funny how people only dismiss "the critics" when "the critics" shred a movie they liked or want to see.
SATC depicts women in a demeaning, embarrassing way.
Then don't watch it.
Oh boo hoo, cry me a river..... do not watch the show if you are "offended". It's a fun movie to go see with girlfriends... if the reviews stink, then don't bother watching it. No one is twisting your arm... get off the high horse missy bc one only knows what you have swallowed in the past. Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..... are u offended? Booooo hooooo.
Saw it this morning with my wife and we both LOVED IT!!! I thought it was much better than the first one which is very rare for a sequel...don't pay any attention to the reviews. The girls and their clothes were fabulous as was the story line!!!
How can you say the story line was fabulous? There was no story line! Unless you consider bashing on Muslims and Middle Eastern culture a story line. Horrible movie. I laughed maybe twice. Everything else was insulting and completely rude. It makes me sad that our country is so ignorant that they can't even realize when to draw a line.
is your wife a man?
It sounds like your wife enjoyed it and that you are GAY !
This makes me feel sad
Thanks Don. Glad to hear the clothes were fabulous. And wow, this from a man's perspective. Intriguing. Tell me Dawn, did you see the Suns/Lakers game last night? Wasn't it just super-yummy?
Are you saying that knowingly offending a country's culture over and over again is a fabulous? I'm not Muslim but I really don't blame them from banning the movie in their country. Even I was beginning to feel offended. No wonder so much of the world dislikes Americans! This was supposd to be a 'lush rich adventure in a hard ecimonic world" and yet here we've got four ladies whinning about their care-free lives. The first movie was sooo much better!
Does your wife know?
To SmarterThanYou: I almost choked on my sandwich I was laughing so hard! Classic.
Me thinks he's seen one up close
I regret to inform you, Don, that your ManCard is being officially revoked as of this moment. No man, straight, gay or bi-curious should have any interest in the SATC series and, from the reviews, this movie in particular. Admittedly, I myself was excited when I first saw the trailer for this movie, but then I quickly realized that I wasn't watching Bea Arthur and Betty White in an upcoming Golden Girls movie, but rather it was more SATC :(
Have you told your wife you are gay , yet?
Your wife is aware you are gay?
Yuo go Don! As one of the six guys that saw the first one, I can't wait. The first had a weak story and still managed to work. This seems to poke fun at the ladies themselves. It's not rocket science, its pure silliness with a flair!
Steve- don't hate- just don;t go!
Looks like Don's "wife" Bob just chimed in.
for crying out loud, people. it's a movie rooted in fictional excess, not a bio on the world's crises, political disasters or economic meltdown. let it be what it is......purely indulgent entertainment.
You see, Don, the responses from the "guys" in this thread (I would call them "men" but that would be insulting to the non-misogynistics males) just goes to show that we are still living in a society that says "It's OK for men to have a night of debauchery like 'The Hangover,' but it's not OK for women to do the same." What SATC represents is a threat to men who are insecure and secretly afraid of a group of women who dare to be aggressive and think for themselves. They'll say otherwise, of course. My wife and I watched SATC II in the theatres last night, then watched The French Connection at home. And we still retained our gender, amazingly enough.
and you'll soon be able to serve openly in the military.
And BrianCC, thank you so much for proving my point. "If you're a guy and liked this movie, you must be gay." Yep. I'll make sure to remember that the next time I think about watching a Spike Lee movie- oops, I'm not black so I can't do that. Sad. Don't worry B.C.C., I'm not gay- ask your ....
It can't be that bad! I'll be there in my shiny new slippers and glittering dress, no ones reviews will stop me from seeing my four favorite ladies on the big screen.
Further proof that humanity is on the verge of extinction.
Yeah, why's that Gene? Because some people still have the ability to enjoy doing simple things and have fun, and aren't bitter, boring morons like you?
It's a movie not a college thesis or some mega proposal for a major corporate deal! Who cares what the critics think, I'm still planning to see it with all the "top-tier" girlfriends (& clearly sans our Mr. Bigs’).
You're a moron. A lightweight movie can still be done well, or it can be sh1t. This is sh1t.
I don't think it would have THAT bad if it wasn't SO long! They could have left many scenes on the cutting room floor and I probably would have like the condensed version much better! I had high hopes at the beginning of the film, but as it lagged on it turned into a bunch of nothingness!!!
All the reviews are right but it's still a fun romp for a true fan and the humor was great. Go get 'em ladies!!!
Not a single thing "fun" about it, for fans or otherwise. Garbage for morons only.
This movie killed Gary Coleman
LOL! That's so wrong but unfortunately my sense of humor is also wrong. :^P
To sadness – I love your comment...
It can't be bad! I can't wait to see it! Plan to Friday night...
and that is exactly why it will make $54billion a day. Yeah it sucks and it shows women as vapid idiots only interesting in money and self-gratification, but what the heck....right?
It WAS bad. Samantha was FAR more classy in the first. Her shtick is tired out here. Charlotte was annouyingly obsessive. That woman seems to be so obsessed about possible cheating that she spends so much her time worrying about it. Carrie can't seem to be happy no matter what life has to offer her now. Miranda was the only one of the gals I liked.
It's embarrassing. These women look to old to be behaving and dressing like they do. Couldn't the characters have been written to evolve normally and gracefully???
YES THAT'S EXACTLY WHY I'M GLAD WOMEN DON'T RUN THE WORLD.
One can only hope the great Islamic Horde will bring down Jihad.
take your $20 and throw it in the toilet, drop a deuce on it and flush it...it will be more rewarding....what a piece of crap this whole series was
I saw the movie last night withy my partner and it was great. The only complaint about the movie was that a lot of it didn't take place in our beloved NYC. All in all, it was enjoyable, fun and I can't wait for part 3!!
I loved the movie and you will too. I even liked it better than the first one. It is like a great beach book, light, funny and makes you enjoy away from reality.
Notice all the reviews came from guys.
Let them sit home and only wish one of these ladies would give them a second look.
Go and enjoy.
Thank God that bunch of over-privileged bony maroneys aren't going to pester us with their grotesque geriatric girl-talk much longer!!!
Like my sister and I said, it is nothing more than a fantasy, for woman. Its fun to watch and the clothes are so cute and daring. And the men in it are va va voom.....something to put under my pillow and dream about. I noticed all the bad reviews came from all the men.....what does that say!!!
The previews alone made me wince.
Loved it. Yes, it is out there but it only makes it more fun for those of us who love the characters. Gorgeous clothes, inside jokes, amazing scenery and lots of heart felt moments with these girlfriends. What's not to like? A man would have a hard time understanding this movie. I plan to see it again.
Holly Go Lightly, I saw the movie last night. It was okay. Nothing spectacular, just okay. I am a big fan of the SACT shows, and loved the first movie. I thought Samantha was a caricature of herself.. towards the end of the first movie when she left Smith, she seemed ready to be more responsible. Not so much in this movie. and the one liners were just too much. The whole premise that they were going with Samantha on her PR trip is just way too far fetched for me. There didn't seem a smooth transition between scenes... they seemed to be snippets in the life of these gals. And the way Carrie over-reacted to a kiss.... please it was just a kiss. And when Big wasn't in the house when she arrived, then told her he was out walking around just to torture her... now, that's what an adult relationship is not. I expected more, and didn't get it. Other than a few references to the first movie, these 4 ladies did not move on in their lives, or grow and mature. And that was the most disappointing part of the movie.
another piece of trash movie.
I was different from the first in many ways but my sister & I enjoyed it.
Its a movie. Why does any movie require a review? It is the dumbest idea ever. If you want to see it, go ahead. If not, stay home. I have no interest in this particular movie at all but if someone else does more power to them.
Hey John – you said you went with your partner- I am willing to bet every dime I own that your partner has a Penis. Only chicks and gay dudes go see nonsense like this. I wish they did what Jim Norton said they should do- fly to the middle east and they plane goes down. Deadwood, OZ(and not the fairy tale-excuse pun) and the Sopranos would make for much better options as Movies from HBO.
Well, the first one sucked too. And that made a fortune. So they made another one that sucked. Why is anyone surprised?
I get it. Parkers husband starred in the remake of The Producers a story of making the worst production ever(Springtime for Hitler) and bet that it would fail and they would make money from insurance. Sounds about the same
I AM TELLING YOU.... this movie is nothing but a pure fraud!!!! the film did not show anything that is in abu dhabi (well except for the men's dress and the license plates) how can i tell that.. because i have lived there for 10 years... there is no more souk in abu dhabi it was demolished in 2003... the hotel that they're trying to stay at... they're trying to duplicate emirates palace hotel... nothing in this movie is abu dhabi at all... pure shame...
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