Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is fretting that Big (Chris Noth) wants to snuggle on their expensive couch instead of hitting the town. Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) has a boss from hell who gives her the hand every time she speaks. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is desperately trying to beat menopause, and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is going crazy from the sound of her kids' squawking, though, in true form, she'd never admit it. So they escape to Abu Dhabi (stand-in: Morocco), at the invitation of a sheik who wants Samantha to rep. his hotel and make it seem attractive to Americans. How could it not be? It's stunning!
However, once the ladies arrive things aren’t as la-dee-dah as they first seem. As if she can't help it, Carrie kicks up some trouble for herself after finding Aidan (John Corbett), now a married dad of three. And the drama that develops is so been-there, done-that. You kind of have to wonder if she has an emotional imbalance that keeps her perpetually dissatisfied with her life. Things fare better for Charlotte and Miranda, who bond over motherhood in the way most do - through cocktails of course. And it's not surprising that Samantha eventually creates a culture clash (Oh, hadn't you heard? Abu Dhabi doesn't take kindly to public displays of affection.) that leads to one of the dumbest conflict resolutions ever caught on film.
The girls still have hot bods, the clothes and scenery are sublimely sparkly, but that’s it. It’s almost like they reverted back to the first season where everything was all on the surface, shallow and kind of dull. Sure there are a few jokes that definitely make you laugh, and I ‘was’ entertained, but I didn’t feel the tender emotion that the first film had so much of – it didn’t have that deep soulfulness I was hoping for. All this movie gave us this time around was glam-fluff, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I was just hoping for a deeper connection. Intead it was over the top and flat. It wasn’t horrible but it definitely wasn’t great. If you’re a fan of the series and loved the first film, I’d wait to rent this one.
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