"Abhorrent, Episodic Materialism Redux"
In SEX AND THE CITY 2, the fashionable ladies of the critically acclaimed HBO series are back: Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. This time, the material girls head to Abu Dhabi to get away from their respective mid-life crises.
At the end of the first SEX AND THE CITY movie, Carrie (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth) finally said, “I do” and got married. However, after only a few short years of marriage, Carrie feels that she and Big have lost their romantic sparkle and that they are becoming a stale, old married couple that never goes out on the town. Instead, they stay at home, order take-out and watch TV.
Meanwhile, the sex-crazed Samantha (played by Kim Cattrall) is clinging to her youth, desperately fighting off menopause with every cream, hormone pill and young man imaginable. Charlotte (played by Kristin Davis) is battling depression as her two infants scream, taking her to the brink of insanity. And, Miranda (played by Cynthia Nixon) is wrestling with a job she hates while trying to maintain a happy home life with her husband and son.
At a homosexual wedding, the women all discover they are getting older and settling into life in the city. When a PR business opportunity opens for Samantha in the United Arab Emirates nation of Abu Dhabi, the four ladies pack up their Louis Vitton and Gucci luggage for an all-expense-paid trip to get away to the “new Middle East” and rediscover themselves as the fearsome foursome of yesteryear.
While in Abu Dhabi, Carrie runs into an old flame, Aiden (played by John Corbett). Playing with fire, Carrie decides to have dinner with Aiden, just to see if she still has that sparkle in her life or if her marriage to Big has turned her into the one thing she never wanted to be: a middle-aged married woman destined to live a traditional life of normalcy.
SEX AND THE CITY 2 is funny. It is actually a funnier movie than its predecessor. The ladies all give fine performances. The costume design, which was always one of the hallmark staples of the popular TV series, is absolutely amazing, and the wardrobe is top-notch. That said, the movie is just a glorified TV show. The conflict is episodic at best.
Inevitably, when a popular TV show ends, the fans clamor for a feature-length movie in order to see their favorite characters come to life on the big screen. However, certain shows just do not translate into big screen stories. This is one of those movies. The show, largely character driven, feels like a small show on a big screen. The major conflict of the movie, Carrie’s temptation with her former flame Aiden, feels like the same old rehashed story that audiences see on a nightly basis on small-screen, character-driven TV shows.
The movie is, as a whole, too big for its basic storyline and its characters. In essence, the movie becomes one big fashion show.
As far as the content of the movie is concerned, it is as abhorrent as ever. Filled with strong foul language, an abhorrent amount of sexual content and sexual dialogue, as well as very strong homosexual content that slams traditional marriage and normalizes homosexual behavior, the movie is a not-so-subtle after-school special in favor of indoctrinating moviegoers further with a romantic, politically correct worldview that undermines the basic Christian values that made Western Civilization great and the Gospel of Jesus Christ that transforms fallen sinners and restores their broken relationship with their Divine Creator.
The movie is also a big commercial for, as they characters call it, “the new Middle East”: a westernized portion of the United Arab Emirates where Islam is depicted as a progressive, peace-loving religion that welcomes modern materialism and western liberal ideologies with open arms. Although there is a conservative group of Muslim Arabs depicted in the movie who abhor the salacious ways of sex-crazed western women like Samantha, the traditional Arabs are depicted as one-dimensional caricatures whose arcane philosophies are outdated and obsolete. That said, the movie is still largely a propaganda piece for peaceful, progressive Islam and the homosexual movement in America – the two of which, ironically, are diametrically opposed, philosophically and theologically. This Romantic worldview** is contradictory, to say the least.
All in all, SEX AND THE CITY 2 is funny but episodic. No doubt, however, fans of the TV show will flock to the movie. That said, the deplorable content and the movie’s liberal, leftist, anti-biblical propaganda are abhorrent. Moviegoers would be well advised to choose more worthwhile entertainment.
** Romanticism: Romanticism says mankind is essentially good and noble, and civilization (by which Rousseau, the “father” of Romanticism, meant Christianity) corrupts people. In Romanticism, a person is controlled by his “heart” and emotions, not by his intellect or logical mind. Paganism and mob rule are related to Romanticism, though Romanticism is more consistent and avoids totemism. Romanticism is not related to the idea of romance, but is an idealistic worldview philosophically.
(RoRoRo, HoHoHo, PCPC, AbAb, FeFe, FRFR, B, C, LL, SSS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Very strong Romantic worldview elevating emotions and materialism and attacking traditional biblical values, including Christianity, of course, with strong politically correct elements of depicted homosexual marriage and comments regarding states where homosexual marriage is legal, homosexual wedding depicted, homosexual and lesbian characters, recurring theme of taking marriage and redesigning the old traditions with modern twists, strong feminist themes and comments about American men preferring to have their women covered in burkas and Arab women take off their burkas to reveal New York fashions saying that they are modern Muslims, strong pro-Muslim elements depicting it as a progressive, westernized religion with a call to prayer, and a moral, redemptive element as man forgives his wife for adulterous kiss; 15 obscenities, one profanity and several obscene gestures as woman gives people the middle finger as well as one graphic word for female genitalia; very light comedic violence includes woman falling off of camel; very strong sexual content includes several scenes of depicted fornication, unmarried kissing, married kissing, homosexual kissing, adulterous kissing, graphic sexual dialogue, woman performs oral sex on pipe in order to tease a man, homosexual wedding ceremony, homosexual couple says they are allowed to cheat on each other in the 45 states where their marriage is not legal, woman discusses menopause; upper female nudity, upper male nudity, rear male nudity in a few scenes, bra-less woman jumps around and has wet t-shirt, several shots of men’s clothed crotches, one of whom has an erection, woman in lingerie and lots of female cleavage; alcohol consumption in several scenes and drunkenness depicted; dialogue about using illegal drugs as well as prescription medications and smoking at a hookah bar; and, lying, materialism and woman breaks the decency laws of Muslim country by kissing in public and wearing revealing outfits.
In SEX AND THE CITY 2, the fashionable ladies of the critically acclaimed HBO-series are back: Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. This time, the material girls head to Abu Dhabi to get away from their respective mid-life crises and “normalcy.” While in Abu Dhabi, Carrie runs into an old flame. She must decide if she will forsake her comfortable marriage for an adulterous love affair. Meanwhile, the sex-crazed Samantha is trying to fight off menopause, Charlotte is battling depression, and Miranda is wrestling with a job she hates.
SEX AND THE CITY 2 is funnier than its predecessor, and the costume design – one of the hallmark staples of the popular TV series – is excellent. However, the movie is just a glorified TV show, and the conflict is episodic at best, not translating well to the big screen. Worse, the movie’s content is abhorrent. It is filled with a deplorable, rather graphic amount of lewd and immoral content, a strong homosexual worldview, and a politically correct view of moderate Islam as a progressive peace-loving western religion, SEX AND THE CITY 2 is nothing more than a glitzy, glamorous piece of propaganda.