And when the camera isn't slowly panning through the girls' garish hotel suites, screenwriter/producer/director Michael Patrick King is also seriously out of his league when trying to make a very forced statement about the inequitable treatment of Muslim women. If anything, he makes Carrie and company look downright insensitive for the duration, which I'm guessing isn't what he was aiming for.

Truth be told, the reason that Sex and City has probably succeeded in the past is because it reveled in the angst that many women have felt with relationships. Even though Carrie has the killer job and a killer couture wardrobe to match, a reality that's far from most women's day-to-day existence, Carrie still didn't have someone to share her life with, and that struggle felt relatable.

But the new era of Sex, the one where Carrie is whiny, unlikable and even rewarded with diamonds for bad behavior when she betrays the man she's committed to, well, it's not quite so relatable anymore. If anything, it's an offensive waste of time and a sure sign that Carrie and her pals should finally retire those trademark Manolos for good.


  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Copious amounts of cocktails are enjoyed by the girls, plus Samantha uses a drug pipe in a pretty crass way.

  • Language/Profanity:  A few exclamations of God's name, plus multiple uses of the "f" word and other profanities.

  • Sex/Nudity:  Like the last big-screen installment of Sex and the City, this isn't the heavily edited TBS variety, but the full-on HBO version of Carrie and company's escapades. The movie begins with Carrie's gay pal Stanton's wedding where Stanton (Willie Garson) has proclaimed that he and his amour will abide by their "own rules" meaning that his partner can only cheat in the 45 states where gay marriage isn't legal. Several inappropriate cracks about homosexuals (and gay sex) are made before and after the wedding. Charlotte has hired a busty nanny who always goes braless while taking care of the kids, and the camera zooms right in on her bouncing breasts several times. In one scene, the nanny has on a wet T-shirt, which doesn't exactly leave much to the imagination. A good chunk of the movie is dedicated to Samantha's recent discovery that she's going through menopause. But that, of course, and hot flashes don't stop her from sitting at her desk without any underwear on or having sex with handsome strangers (two particularly graphic scenes have rear male nudity). Another scene zooms in on a bunch of men's crotches (fully clothed). Plus, it wouldn't be Sex and the City if there wasn't frequent discussion about sex itself, so there's plenty of that as well.

  • Violence:  Only of the comedic, slapstick variety.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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