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Michael Patrick King
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon
Writing Credits:
Michael Patrick King

While wrestling with the pressures of life, love, and work in Manhattan, Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte join Samantha for a trip to Abu Dhabi, where Samantha's ex is filming a new movie.

Box Office:
$100 million.
Opening Weekend
$31,001,870 on 3445 screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish Dolby 5.1
French Dolby 5.1
Portuguese Dolby 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 146 min.
Price: $19.98
Release Date: 10/26/2010

• “Revisiting the 80s” Featurette
• “Behind the Scenes with Alicia Keys” Featurette


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Sex And The City 2 [Blu-Ray] (2010)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (October 31, 2021)

After six seasons on HBO from 1998 to 2004, Sex and the City leapt to the big screen in 2008. Sex and the City: The Movie became a pretty sizable hit, as it brought in $418 million worldwide on a $65 million budget.

Inevitably, this led to a sequel, and 2010 brought Sex and the City 2. Its $290 million worldwide meant it did decently at the box office, but after the huge profits of the first film, the second one barely broke even. This meant no Sex and the City 3, and that might be a good thing.

At the end of the 2008 flick, Manhattan journalist/party girl Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) finally got a relationship commitment from her long-term on-again/off-again paramour “Mr. Big” (Chris Noth). However, Big feels content to stay home and chill, whereas Carrie still wants to live the same freewheeling social life, and this creates conflict.

Her pals Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) all go through their own personal issues as well. When Samantha manages to land a gig in Abu Dhabi, her three long-time pals come along for some R&R as well.

That doesn’t sound like much of a plot, does it? “Four well-off women vacation together” feels like a loose construct more than anything else, especially when one considers the film’s running time.

Granted, the first film’s 145 minutes seemed surprisingly extended for a character flick that mixed comedy and melodrama – and the Blu-ray added footage to get to 151 minutes. At 146 minutes, City 2 offers a virtually identical amount of cinematic real estate as its theatrical predecessor.

I could excuse the 2008 flick’s length because it needed to throw out some exposition for viewers who never saw the TV series. Though the flick didn’t devote a lot of space to “recap time”, it still engaged in some of that.

In theory, City 2 doesn’t need to bother with all that background. One assumes that viewers of a sequel also saw the prior film, so the movie shouldn’t need to give us much real exposition beyond a summary of what happened between the two flicks.

With so much cinematic real estate at its disposal, one might think those behind City 2 could generate a solid narrative. However, the film comes with almost literally no plot.

Instead, we get a cheap melange of general character themes, none of which endear the characters to us. Poor Carrie – her husband gives in to all her over the top apartment decorating ideas but he doesn’t want to attend galas seven nights a week! What a horror!

Her pals seem similarly annoying in their “plights”. All four enjoy the most pampered of wealthy lives, and yet they find plenty of reasons to complain.

Of course, money doesn’t buy happiness, but City 2 doesn’t find humanity in the issues that confront the characters. Instead, they whine about issues that only impact folks with lots of money – like worrying because your nanny might be too sexy.

Though I never watched the HBO series, I must assume it found some humanity in the roles and ways for viewers to connect to them. I can’t believe the characters of the TV show felt so superficial, glib and self-absorbed as the ones on display here.

Of course, much of the appeal of the City franchise comes from its fantasy value, as it presents a world of fashion, parties and sex that appeals to its audience. This feels like it can work if it still connects to reality in some ways, but since >City 2 offers such an over the top piece of fluff, it becomes incredibly off-putting.

We do get plenty of the usual “fashion porn”, and even that flops, mainly because the film takes these choices to such extremes. The leads change clothes constantly, and they go from one ridiculous outfit to another on a relentless pace. Don’t they ever wear anything normal?

I suspect City 2 goes to Abu Dhabi mainly so it can editorialize about the treatment of women there. The film desperately wants to come across as progressive, but instead it just feels judgmental, racist and smug.

City 2 is a movie that thinks it’ll change the world because its self-righteous rich white leads sing “I Am Woman” at Karaoke. It subscribes to a cartoon view of society that exists solely so those involved can pat themselves on the back.

Sex and the City 2 offers a movie so bad that even most diehard fans of the series seem to dislike it. This becomes a long, tedious, witless experience.

The Disc Grades: Picture B/ Audio B-/ Bonus D+

Sex and the City 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a good but unexceptional presentation.

Overall sharpness worked fine, with some inevitable exceptions. By that I mean the gentle focus used to flatter the aging actors.

Nonetheless, of the film offered fairly good delineation, and I saw no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects. Edge haloes remained absent, and I saw no print flaws.

Colors went with an amber vibe, though they also boasted some broader hues. These didn’t explode off the screen, but they showed good vivacity as necessary.

Shadows offered appealing clarity, and blacks were generally positive, though they could seem a bit crushed at times. Again, this didn’t turn into a great image, but it worked fine.

I felt the same about the fairly low-key DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of City 2. With a strong character focus, the soundscape didn’t come with a whole lot to do.

Mostly we got general ambience from streets, parties and restaurants. A few scenes showed a little more ambition, but overall, this remained a subdued soundfield.

Audio quality felt more than adequate, with speech that seemed natural and concise. Music appeared lively and full.

As noted, effects lacked much to do, but they came across as accurate and clear. This turned into a satisfactory mix for the character-oriented tale.

Two featurettes show up here, and Revisitng the 80s runs four minutes and offers info from writer/director Michael Patrick King, costume designer Patricia Field and actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall.

Here we get a discussion of the movie’s preface, a scene in which we see the lead characters as they looked in the 80s. It’s mildly interesting and no more.

Behind the Scenes with Alicia Keys lasts three minutes, three seconds and provides remarks from musician Keys and soundtrack executive producer Salaam Remi. They give us brief notes related to the movie’s songs in this fairly superficial reel.

Note about extras: I found some reviews that indicated the Blu-ray came with an audio commentary and additional featurettes, while other discussions only mentioned the two programs on my copy. Apparently two different Blu-rays of City 2 exist on the market.

Why? I have no idea. I couldn’t find separate listings on Amazon that differentiated between the two, and when I clicked through links on the various sites, they all went to the same Amazon page.

Also, the reviews of the “lots of extras” Blu-ray and the “not so many extras” Blu-ray got posted in the same time frame, so it’s not like one reflects a later reissue. There must be some explanation for the differing Blu-rays, but I don’t know what it is – and if you try to buy the BD through Amazon, I have no clue which one you’ll get.

Perhaps someone can find value in Sex and the City 2, but I can’t. Smug, witless and thoroughly obnoxious, this becomes a painful 146 minutes. The Blu-ray comes with generally good picture and audio as well as minor bonus materials. Avoid this cinematic atrocity.

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