Women will flock to see Sex and the City 2--no matter how dismissive its reviews--because they're starving for content aimed at them. (The pic grossed $14.2 million on Thursday.) They're fond of the four characters, and want to check out their over-the-top Patricia Field costumes. They may be disappointed.
As a fan of the HBO series who enjoyed the 2008 movie, I found Sex and City 2 to be shoddily shot and written. Its excessive shopping and consumption, while played for laughs, misreads the tenor of the time. I did not want to see these women (once celebrated as single girls in New York City) saddled with wrinkles, husbands or children, or on vacation in Abu Dhabi. (Hey, I thought Mamma Mia! was awful. But women all over the world ate it up. They didn't care if it was a mess.)
That said, male critics have piled onto this movie, much the way that they did on Twilight: New Moon. These films were not created for them. Writer Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) tweets: "Dear fanboys whining about SATC: U realize 90% of crap we sit thru is geared to your ids? Don some glitter + man up."
Thus I am rooting for Sex and the City 2 to succeed, because even a crappy sequel chick flick hit is better than a failure, which will only serve to set back the cause of making more movies aimed at women.
Check out online ticket seller Fandango's top five advance ticket sales for the weekend:
Fandango Five – Ticket Sales (as of 5/28/10 9:00 a.m. PT)
Movie Fandango User Rating % Fandango Sales
Sex and the City 2 “So-So” 73%
Shrek Forever After “Go” 9%
Prince of Persia “Go” 7%
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse “Must Go” 5%
Iron Man 2 “Go” 2%