Wow. I used to work for a travel firm and particularly for clients travelling to the middle east, they provided fact sheets outlining each country's customs.
Yes, whether Westerners agree with them or not, these laws have to be respected. Foreigners have gone to jail for breaking them.
As for the first movie, I hated it. On the big screen, every flaw was magnified tenfold.
The tv show was light and funny, but as a film, that frivolity was replaced with desperation and bitterness. Miranda, Carrie, and Samantha particularly, came off looking pretty bad. Instant gratification does not a solid relationship make.
Thank goodness for shows like GLEE.
I saw it today and only had to pay $5 as it was a matinee. I had low expectation going into it, even though I loved the series and the first movie (but we all know sequels rarely add up). I like that it was a "comfortable" movie in the sense that we already know the characters and there was no guesswork into their actions. It was like being with old friends (even though those women would probably never hang out with me in real life ). I hate to be a prude, but I'm glad there wasn't any frontal nudity in this one as there was in the last (I'm referring to the sex scene with Miranda and Steve after they made up). The dialogue and storylines were weak, and some of the scenes seemed to be filler (e.g., the scene where they meet the Muslim women and these women show off the latest fashions underneath their burkas). Anyway, the scenery and fashion are always aesthetically pleasing to me, so it wasn't a totally waste.
If ignorance is bliss, I'm overjoyed.
SpoilerIt was obvious from the start of the scene that they were going to somehow score some burkas to elude the police, and the "women helping women" angle was kind of sweet. But I agree that the "fashion moment" seemed random, forced, and not that funny. It should have been cut.
I'm glad you pointed out that female critics aren't crazy about the second film either. I'm tired of reading that the evil men didn't like it because they are afraid of strong women. How about the film is just bad?
After seeing the trailers I'm not surprised it's not being well reviewed (it seems that half the fans didn't care for it either)...
Going back to what essense_of_soy said about the lack of respect for the rules of the culture. There was another scene when the ladies were riding camels and Carrie is wearing a strapless dress complete with cleavage and boob tassels. Even a visitor to Abu Dhabi would never dress that way in public. I hope that was just for the promotional trailers and wasn't included in the film.
Supposedly it made decent money over the weekend but I'd be interested to see if SATC2 has any staying power.
I like the reviews from this female critic:
(My fave review of hers is her critique a few years back of the Britney Spears movie Crossroads)
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.
(Edna St Vincent Millay)
LMAO. I just bookmarked that critic. She's hilarious.
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
And yes, my life WOULD be incomplete if I couldn't go out with my girls (and gays) and have drinks and eat cupcakes and all those fabulous things.
I loved the tv series. I was single/divorced and had just turned 30 and I have to say that there were many moments that struck a chord with me. But to each his/her own.
I won't be seeing the movie. I saw the first and was depressed through most of it. And from the promos, just seeing 4 women sitting in a Disney's version of the Middle East in their ridiculous clothes made me yawn. To me, the series was fabulous - the movies are simply cartoonish.
I agree with those of you who feel that visitors should respect the laws and mores of the location which they are visiting, particularly in such a simple matter as clothing. When I visited St. Peter's at the Vatican, I covered my shoulders and didn't wear short shorts. I would wear whatever is necessary in whatever country I am visiting to ensure that I cause no one any discomfort. If I came from a country that traditionally went topless (many tribes in the Democratic Republic of Congo do so), and visited America, would Americans feel comfortable with me wandering around the city with boobs proudly protruding? As an American, I would expect the woman to cover up her breasts while she was visiting. And I don't see the big deal in other countries expecting the same. If the customs make me feel subjugated or victimized, I won't visit.
Dreaming of ice...
Most of the people I know that have seen the movie, have enjoyed it. And I don't hang with a bunch of socialite snobs.
Transformers 2 last year was pretty much maligned. One could say the reviews were just as harsh.
A more recent movie, Legion, also got pretty crummy reviews/
I also don't see any evidence that there was a true disparity between male tv critics and female ones regarding the television show.
Anyway, many of the critics being severe with this film are female, and I don't see anything that can refute that.