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Weekend Warrior: 'Sex & the City 2'

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Last night, I met up with some old friends I haven't seen in a couple years--Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha. Yes, I went to see "Sex and the City 2," as most women I know will be doing this weekend with the sequel opening on big screens. I was going to write a review of the film, but what's the point? Even with a drubbing by Roger Ebert, the film is going to do great at the box office this weekend. Then there will be a whole new slew of stories about "Why aren't studios making movies for women?" for us to enjoy. Bad reviews don't matter to fans of the series--we'd watch these ladies do just about anything.

I was an enormous fan of the TV show "Sex and the City"--people who didn't watch it dismissed it as fluff relying on shock value. Those of us who did watch know it featured some of the best writing and acting ever seen on television. Sure, it made headlines with plot points about anal sex and overly endowed men, but there was much more to the show than that. It was ultimately about the ties that bind and the perseverance of friendship--I'm still amazed that in a show featuring four leading women, there was never a single plotline about them competing for the same guy.

So are the movies good? Not really. The first one contrived obstacles to break up three happy couples only so they could be reunited in filmic fashion. The second one doesn't have plotlines that are in the least bit relatable to most women. And the dialogue definitely misses the wit of the TV series. Does any of that matter? Not a bit. It's so good to see these women onscreen again and so much fun to spend time with them, the plot is truly inconsequential. But for the record, it involves a gay wedding, a trip to the Middle East, and the reapparance of an old boyfriend. It's all visual porn--a chance to see the women strut about the desert in increasingly outrageous outfits--and leads to very little. So as it turns out, I really would watch these women do anything.

--Jenelle Riley

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Then there will be a whole new slew of stories about "Why aren't studios making movies for women?" for us to enjoy. Bad reviews don't matter to fans of the series--we'd watch these ladies do just about anything.

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