“The first Sex and the City got a free pass from loyal viewers of the television series. This one will try their patience,” wrote the film critic at London’s Telegraph.
The New York Daily News compares the movie to champagne that’s gone flat. “Though the sequel is a welcome return of the four women we know and love, it’s tough not to acknowledge that if we were all friends in real life, at this point we’d probably stop taking their calls,” writes the critic, who gave the movie just two stars.
But when it comes to “Sex,” women — especially moms — don’t seem to care what the critics have to say.
“There are a lot of women panting for the sequel, already planning their wardrobe for a girls’ night out,” wrote film critic Stephen Farber of “The Hollywood Reporter,” who is one of the few critics who actually prefers the sequel to the original film. Still, Farber bemoans the 146-minute running time and acknowledges that “even if “Sex and the City 2″ consisted of nothing but a two-hour fashion show, it would draw crowds.”
He’s got a point. When advance ticket sales for “SATC 2″ went on sale last month, the film outsold some movies in current release, according to Perez Hilton.
The nationwide movie theater chain Regal Cinemas has noticed a huge level of excitement among women surrounding the release of “Sex and the City 2″ on Thursday. “Women across the country are anxious to plan events and activities related to their evening out to see the film, and they want confirmation that they have tickets,” said Dick Westerling, Regal’s head of marketing. “Aside from purchasing tickets to see the movie, they are already reserving limousines and making restaurant reservations.”
I’m guessing that moms especially appreciate the escape fantasy element of “Sex and the City.” Onscreen, the gorgeous gal pals jet set off from their daily lives to another part of the world where they parade around in designer duds, drink girly drinks and bond. Sure, it may be unrealistic, frothy and even anti-Muslim (as some critics complain), but “Sex and the City 2″ sounds like just the right antidote to a long day with kids.
Are you and your mom friends planning to see “Sex and the City 2?”