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First Look: 'Sex and the City 2'

May 14, 2010 | 11:18 am

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It's good! It's actually good, and costume designer Pat Field's talents are in top form, making the 2 1/2 hour film, which opens May 27, worth seeing, even if it is too cutesy and self-aware at times. Really, just seeing the stylish foursome arriving in Abu Dhabi is worth it. Think gold sequin harem pants, a striped satin turban and a monogrammed train case.

I just hope this film doesn't cause an international incident with its commentary on Middle East fashion politics. How bare is too bare? Is kissing in public really illegal? And how do women eat French fries while wearing burkas anyway?

In the story, Carrie Bradshaw and her pals have moved on from thirtysomething single-girl angst, to fortysomething married-girl angst (relationship malaise, career-family balance, hot nannies and hot flashes -- depressing stuff). In the beginning, it grates. (As Mr. Big says to Carrie, "You want in and then you want out.")

As the film progresses, the problems feel as real and relatable as the ones in the original HBO series. And remember -- not everyone is married. Samantha is still up to her old tricks, describing one of her paramours with the film's best one-liner: "Lawrence of my ..." (We can't say this in a family newspaper, but it rhymes with Arabia.)

Still, more than anything, it's just a big fashion show. And unlike the costumes in the first film, this time, the look is more motivated by style than fashion. Not that there aren't a lot of big-name designers represented, including plenty of Halston (not surprising since Sarah Jessica Parker is chief creative officer for the Harvey Weinstein-owned fashion brand).

But forget the Manolos and Louboutins, what I really want is a pair of those Alladin slippers!

-- Booth Moore

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Photo: Cynthia Nixon, left, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis in "Sex and the City 2." Credit: Craig Blankenhorn / New Line Cinema/ MCT

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