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'Sex and the City 2' a fun reunion with the gals

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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 10:35 am

The fashionably forward fab four girls are back in "Sex and the City 2," bringing their Manolo Blahnik shoes, babies and chic, designer clothes along for the ride.

As usual, there's lots of talk about sex, fashion and fun as the story begins two years after the first "Sex and the City" film ends.

The sex writer and leader of the pack, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), is married to Mr. Big (Chris Noth) after a tumultuous, on-again, off-again relationship.

She loves that they're together finally, but is getting bored with him wanting to stay home at night, eating take-out and watching TV.

Carrie wants the sparkle back, but Big's suggestion on how to bring it back doesn't sit well with Carrie.

The conservative Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) is struggling with the family she always wanted. Her 2-year-old daughter constantly cries, while her older daughter is craving for attention. She worries her beautiful, no-bra-wearing nanny may be a threat to her marriage.

The fiery lawyer Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) is having problems with a new senior law partner who doesn't take her seriously, and decides to quit her job to get control of her life and spend more time with her family.

The sex-driven and eternally single Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) is busy with hormone pills and creams to keep her hot flashes and menopause at bay.

Her sexy ex Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) is finishing up a new movie, and calls Samantha to invite her to the New York premiere.

After the premiere, the film's producer invites Samantha to visit his Arabic homeland after he's impressed with how she turned Smith into a star. He wants Samantha to handle public relations for his new, fancy hotel, and offers the complimentary trip to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Samantha finagles the girls to come with her, too, and they are whisked away in a private jet. They arrive to each have their own private car, butler and a stay in the $22,000-a-night penthouse hotel room.

The film explores the relationships between the girls, the struggles with their own lives and their need to remain young at heart and have fun.

There's nothing hard-hitting about the film, but it's a fun addition to the "Sex and the City" story, and fans will love that all the characters are brought back from the long-running HBO television show.

The film is again directed and written by Michael Patrick King, based on Candace Bushnell's books.

The film begins with an extravagant surprise wedding between Carrie's best gay friend Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson) and Charlotte's best gay friend Anthony Marantino (Mario Cantone). The two used to hate each other, but found love and expressed it in their over-the-top wedding that features swans, a full men's choir and Liza Minnelli.

There's a funny scene near the beginning of the film that shows the women when they first met and how their styles looked back in the day.

It will be interesting to see how many more "Sex and the City" movies will be made. I can certainly see the story line continue as the women grow older, the kids grow up and maybe even show Samantha one day finding her true love.

GRADE: A-

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