There four Manhattan socialites are BFF (Best Friends Forever), yet the responsibilities of maintaining a marriage seem to be breaking up the old gang. Celebrating her marriage with Mr. Big (Chris Noth), Carrie the narrator feels that she needs more time alone. Neurotic Charlotte has a fussy two year old who screams a lot. Serious minded Miranda attempts to balance a stressful career as a lawyer with the perfect house husband. Nymphomaniac Samantha is unmarried but arranges for her sisterhood to go on press junket to Dubai in the middle east.
Treated like princess, the four American women travel to a mysterious land were Arab women have their faces covered in public. This cultural behavior conflicts with Miranda's raging libido and a scandal of international proportions will ensue. Not before Carrie runs into an old flame (John Corbett) in the spice market while Miranda and Charlotte sit at a bar and drink to motherhood.
Clocking in at two and one half hours, **Sex and the City 2** drags. Writer/director Michael Patrick King has strung together a series of four half hour episodes of the television series. There is such an emphasis on product placement, that some plot lines evolve around how a car or cell phone or coffee maker will save the day.
**Sex and the City 2** does provide some funny moments, mostly involving Samantha's nymphomaniac tendencies with menopause. Early in the motion picture, there is a High Society Gay wedding that features Liza Minnelli as the high steeping Justice of the Peace.
While this film did not inspire me to review the previous 97 installments of the series, **Sex and the City 2** was a hit with the fans of the series. Most BFF women exited the show, claming that "Part 2" was better than "Part 1." Already parties are being planned for the third installment in 2012.
As for this middle aged old man, I am looking forward to eating pizza at Cinema Paradiso Friday afternoon to inaugurate the For Lauderdale International Film Festival's 1st Annual Italia Festa. For ticket information and times, call (954) 525 FILM.