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SEX AND THE CITY 2 – or should it be Souks and the City?

By Miv Evans

Every TV episode of Sex and the City was character driven and strictly about relationships, as was Sex and the City, the film.  So with this winning formula why would the sequel minimize emotional interaction, go heavy on plot, crazy on set design and, while wardrobe always played big in the background, have so many outfit changes that the characters become mannequins?  It’s a fairly enjoyable watch, but this film has got way, way too much sizzle and definitely not enough sausage.

It is two years since Carrie married Mr Big and all is not well.  They attend the wedding of Stanford, Carrie’s best friend, and Anthony, Charlotte’s best friend.  Smith, Samantha’s ex, reappears and introduces her to a Middle Eastern businessman who wants Samantha to do his PR and offers to fly her and her friends on an all expenses trip to Abu Dhabi.  The four leave on a private jet for their fabulous trip and SATC is back in business.

The opening scenes at the wedding are ostentatious, which is OK, but when Liza Minelli performs a cabaret the guests have a great time but the audience is waiting patiently for the glitz to end and the story to roll.

Just before the ceremony, Carrie has a heart to heart with Stanford about the kind of marriage he is going to have and it seems this conversation is there to set the theme for the rest of the movie, which is that marriages can work in a lot of different ways.

But, unlike the TV series, the story is in no way faithful to the theme and in the end it’s not clear what this film has to say, if anything at all.

So the audience is forced to sit through all the razz, with everyone being goo-y nice, when Carrie and Stanford could have had the same conversation over a cup of coffee.

There are many more scenes that seem to be there simply to pad out the limited emotional interaction and to make the running time exactly the same as SATC 1, perhaps so no one will notice that maybe the girls are, finally, running out of steam.  But trying to fool the audience is always a dangerous game to play and there’s no doubt the Jimmy Choo crowd can pick up whiffs of treachery and Ralph Lauren Eau de Parfum with equal accuracy.

Although the emotional interaction is brief, when it’s there it works as well as ever, and it’s always nice to see the girls get into their little cat spats.

Seeing Carrie and Big’s relationship begin to disintegrate is, of course, riveting, but there is just too little of it, or maybe all those roads have been travelled and there is simply nowhere else to go.

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Carrie, in fact, spends far more time running around a souk, buying shoes and bumping into ex-boyfriends than she does with her husband.  The storylines of the other three are equally remote, with all issues being resolved in seconds by Carrie’s voice over at the end.  But if you’re going to spend all your time riding camels in Abu Dahbi, what do you expect, apart from spectacular scenery? 

So is this the end of the Sex and the City franchise?  I doubt it.  But should it be?  Yes, for sure.  The girls can still do the job but they’re all partied out and I’m sure they know, deep down, that it’s time to fold up their Versaces and pack away their dancing shoes for the very last time.  Or, to put it bluntly – the horse is dead, so dismount. 

Release date:  27th May, 2010

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Movie Synopsis: Sex and The City - sloppy seconds?

The fun, the fashion, the friendship: "Sex and the City 2" brings it all back and more as Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) take another bite out of The Big Apple--and beyond--carrying on with their busy lives and loves in a sequel that truly sparkles.

New Line Cinema Presents, In Association with Home Box Office, In Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Darren Star Production, A Film by Michael Patrick King, "Sex and the City 2." King directed the film from his own screenplay, based on the TV series created by Darren Star, based on characters from the book by Candace Bushnell. King also produced the film with Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Star and John Melfi. Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Marcus Viscidi served as executive producers. ''

"Sex and the City 2" stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, with John Corbett and Chris Noth, as well as David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Willie Garson and Mario Cantone. The film opens nationwide on May 27, 2010, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

New Line Cinema's "Sex and the City 2" opens nationwide on Thursday, May 27, 2010.

What happens after you say "I do"?

Life is everything the ladies ever wished it to be, but it wouldn't be "Sex and the City" if life didn't hold a few more surprises.

This time in the form of a glamorous, sun-drenched adventure that whisks the women away from New York to one of the most luxurious, exotic and vivid places on earth, where the party never ends and there's something mysterious around every corner.

Photo: (L-r) CYNTHIA NIXON as Miranda Hobbes, SARAH JESSICA PARKER as Carrie Bradshaw, KIM CATTRALL as Samantha Jones and KRISTIN DAVIS as Charlotte York-Goldenblatt in New Line Cinema's and Village Roadshow Pictures' romantic comedy "Sex and the City 2," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Craig Blankenhorn.

It's an escape that comes exactly at the right moment for the four friends, who are finding themselves in--and fighting against--the traditional roles of marriage, motherhood and more.

After all, sometimes you just have to get away with the girls.

Michael Patrick King directed "Sex and the City 2" from his own screenplay, based on the TV series created by Darren Star, based on characters from the book by Candace Bushnell. The film stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, with John Corbett and Chris Noth. David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Willie Garson and Mario Cantone also star. King also produced the film with Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Star and John Melfi. Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Marcus Viscidi served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes such "Sex and the City" veterans as director of photography John Thomas, production designer Jeremy Conway, editor Michael Berenbaum, costume designer Patricia Fields, and composer Aaron Zigman.

New Line Cinema Presents, In Association with Home Box Office, In Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Darren Star Production, A Film by Michael Patrick King, "Sex and the City 2," to be released nationwide on May 27, 2010 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film has been rated R for some strong sexual content and language.

Sex and the City Soundtrack

The Sex and the City 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released by WaterTower Music both digitally and on CD May 25, 2010.

The follow-up to the first hugely successful "Sex and the City" soundtrack, which debuted on Billboard's Soundtrack chart at number one and its Top 200 chart at number two, will feature an exciting lineup that includes several platinum artists and consists of 17 songs. The announcement was made today by WaterTower's Jason Linn.

The soundtrack will include original music from Grammy and Academy Award(R) winner Jennifer Hudson, along with global superstar, multi-platinum recording artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee Leona Lewis. T-Pain produces a new song by platinum-selling Cee-Lo and international superstar Dido also contributes an exclusive new track.

Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony and Academy Award(R) winner Liza Minnelli covers Beyonce's chart-topper "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" and 12-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys performs her own extraordinary new version of the Blondie classic "Rapture," produced by Salaam Remi, who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Wyclef Jean.

The soundtrack also features the stars of "Sex and the City 2," Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, performing the Helen Reddy classic "I Am Woman."
The full track listing is as follows:

1. Alicia Keys - "Rapture"
2. Dido - "Everything to Lose"
3. Cee-Lo - "Language of Love"
4. Erykah Badu - "Window Seat"
5. Natacha Atlas - "Kidda"
6. Michael McGregor - "Euphrates Dream"
7. Liza Minnelli - "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
8. Ricki-Lee - "Can't Touch It"
9. Alicia Keys - "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down"
10. Jennifer Hudson and Leona Lewis - "Love Is Your Color"
11. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon - "I Am Woman"
12. Sex and the City Men's Choir - "If Ever I Would Leave You"
13. Sex and the City Men's Choir - "Sunrise, Sunset"
14. Sex and the City Men's Choir - "Till There Was You"
15. Shayna Steele, Jordan Ballard, Kamilah Marshall - "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"
16. Liza Minnelli with Billy Stritch - "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"
17. Aaron Zigman - "Divas and Dunes"

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