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Why a Crappy Sequel Chick Flick Hit is Better than a Flop

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 28, 2010 at 12:34PM

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.
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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%

This article is related to: Box Office, Franchises, Genres, Summer Movies, Summer, Sex and the City, Sequel


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.