I finally saw Sex and the City II (to be known as SATCII for the rest of this review) this weeknd. I think I was probably the last person on the planet to see this one, but I'm going to review it anyway. Why? Because I was not impressed.
I loved the TV show. Loved. I mean, LOVED. And I loved the first movie. I thought they did such a wonderful job of picking up where the TV show left off.
But SATCII left me underwhelmed. In this one, Carrie is worried that her relationship with Big has become much too ordinary. Charlotte is stressed out about her daughter's terrible two's. And Miranda struggles with a pig headed new boss who can't handle women in the workplace. Samantha has a PR trip to the UAE, and manages to fenangle all four girls on an all expenses paid trip to Abu Dhabi to 'get away'.
But why are we once again dealing with an Aiden, Big, Carrie triangle? I was always on Team Aiden, but come on! Both Carrie and Aiden married different people, so enough already! And why was Miranda's solution to a pig to quit her job? Do strong powerful women walk away from law firm partnerships becuase some pig doesn't like them? And what happened to Charlotte and Harry? Why wasn't their relationship explored more? And why did she have such a hard time with two kids when she had a full time nanny? My mom had three kids, no nanny and went to school full time, and managed to do it all without a daily breakdown. And why is Samantha so one dimensional all of a sudden? She is now just a slut - no character development, no relationships, nothing about her career - just her being slutty all the time. And she used to be classy. That was a large part of what defined Samantha. Even though she was 'free', she was also classy, smart, career driven, and confident. In SATCII she is reduced to a menaupausally challenged, whiny slut with the fashion sense of Miley Sirus - which works for Miley, but not a 52 year old PR executive!
It's ironic that the whole Abu Dhabi trip was an homage to women's rights, when the main characters were immature, weak and whiny in their own lives. What happened to those successful, strong, confident and fun Sex and the City girls we all knew and loved?
I wish the 'THEY' who have control over such things, left the Sex and the City franchise on a high note, and never made SATCII. Didn't their mothers ever tell them that if a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well?
If you haven't seen this one, don't bother. Wait to rent it.
If you've already seen it, what say ye?