After creating countless fake Hulu accounts to rewatch the entire series via free trials of HBO (over and over again) and catching the first movie on E! at least a dozen times, I recently came across my least favorite installation of the Carrie saga on Netflix: Sex and the City 2, the one where they go to Abu Dhabi.
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It would have been more merciful for writer-director Michael Patrick King to have rented Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda out to the "Saw" franchise, or to Rob Zombie, so we could watch them get shot in the head or skinned alive by Arkansas rednecks. Instead of that, we get something that's truly sadistic: the SATC girls as haggard specters, haunted by their freewheeling '90s past and stupefied by the demands of work, marriage and/or motherhood. This bloated, incoherent movie mimics an SATC episode in structure -- vague social relevance at the beginning and the end, conspicuous consumption in the middle -- with virtually none of the wit or panache, and seems devoted to destroying our affection for these characters.
There were seven movies playing at the Torrington Movieplex, that rabbit warren of claustrophobic cinder block cubicles that pass for movie theaters these days. Not only did I have to pay an exorbitant amount to get in, I had to endure 30 minutes of ads at a decibel level that made my ears cringe. I can endure watching ads on TV, after all TV is free, but I resent having to travel and pay for the privilege. 2b1af7f3a8