The girls were back and better than ever ... sort of.
The movie opened with a small review (which I missed because I was in the ladies room) and picked up speed at the wedding of Stanford and Anthony which was a lovely occasion. Guest star Liza Minelli was radiant and fun. Her cover of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" was simply great.
The film moves along catching everyone up on what's gone on the past two years in the lives of the fabulous foursome, Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York, Miranda Hobbes, and Samantha Jones. Their lives are pretty similar to what you'd expect: Carrie and Big are married and figuring out their next step (and yes, Carrie has a walk in closet in their pad), Charlotte has a full time nanny and is going crazy with two children, Miranda is a workaholic, and Samantha is trying to save herself from menopause.
Samantha scores a trip for four to Abu Dhabi and the girls are off to live in the lap of luxury. Charlotte and Miranda bond over drinks about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and Carrie runs in to Aiden. Samantha gets herself thrown in jail for having inappropriate relations with a man staying at their hotel.
So here is my take. The big climax of the movie was Carrie kissing Aiden - but there was really no rising action. There was no plot and barely any two things stuck together in a way that made sense. The whole movie was like a filler that was appropriate to come after the first movie and set up a potential third movie but kind of got lost in the middle.
It was fun - and funny - and I enjoyed catching up with the four women who I brought in to my home every week ... but it wasn't what I was hoping for. If I didn't love SATC the city so much, I would say it was a major let down, and to some? It will be.