Preview review: The girls -- and Aidan! -- reunite for 'Sex and the City 2'
We woke up this morning to hear one of our favorite sounds reverberating across the Internet -- the soothing opening notes of the "Sex and the City" theme song. That's right, ladies, a new trailer for "Sex and the City 2" has landed, and we have a lot to say about it.
In the sequel to the 2008 hit film, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) are back to answer the question of what happens after you tie the knot. Carrie isn't finding herself in marital bliss with Mr. Big (Chris Noth), Miranda and Charlotte are trying to navigate motherhood and Samantha is, unsurprisingly, trying to slow down the aging process.
First things first: from the trailer, it seems like a majority of the sequel is going to take place in Abu Dhabi, where the girls decide to go on an exotic trip.
"We need some glamour!" Carrie coos.
"One week in Abu Dhabi, all expenses paid, just the four of us!" suggests Samantha.
This seems to be a real question mark (when did the Middle East become the go-to region for a group of sophisticated ladies in need of some R&R?). Plus, the idea that Carrie would really have her own couture turban to wear while riding a camel is a little bit ridiculous.
Sure, the first film had that jaunt to Mexico, (we're still fantasizing about that amazing villa with the infinity pool) but it was brief. Let's not forget that these films stemmed from a popular television series in which New York City played a key role. And the central parts of the first film -- like the disastrous wedding to Big -- all took place in beautiful, sweeping New York landscapes. We liked that the trailer gives us a glimpse at some of our favorite "Sex and the City" landmarks, like the diner where the girls always congregate, but we want more Big Apple.
Also: Um, Aidan (John Corbett) is back?!?!? And Carrie runs into him on the streets of Abu Dhabi? As preposterous as that plot line is, we're happy to see everyone's favorite nice guy back to compete for Carrie's affections. It doesn't hurt that he looks like he's aging well.
There are also some interesting cameos -- Penelope Cruz as a sexy Latin temptress trying to lure Mr. Big away, the campy Liza Minnelli as the star performer at Stanford's white wedding, and Miley Cyrus as...well, who knows.
Truthfully, from this early and admittedly limited glimpse, we don't think this film looks as good as the first one. And there should have been more of a gap between the first film and the second -- it doesn't seem like enough has changed in the women's lives to warrant such a quick update. Nevertheless, we're still going to be lining up to see the film come May. We can't deny the nostalgia we feel when we see the foursome start stomping down a sidewalk next to one another, decked out in fabulous fashions. Even when the clothing and the story lines get out of hand, it's the ladies' real friendship that keeps us coming back for more.
What do you think? Are you clamoring for more "Sex and the City," or are the girls past their prime? Vote in our poll.
-- Amy Kaufman
Photo: The ladies are back in "Sex and the City 2." Credit: HBO Films.