The girls are back in town, the girls are back in town! Yep, that's right, the most fierce, fabulous foursome in modern movie history are blazing their way back into theaters tomorrow night, with their Manolo Blahniks ready to chart a whole new path of Sex-iness. Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda make their triumphant return to the big screen in a literal firestorm of fashion in Sex & the City 2, with so many Vera's and Betsey's and Jimmy Choo's in tow, the film itself feels a bit like Fashion Week in overdrive. If the first Sex & the City movie taught us that women flock to New York in search of the two L's: Labels and Love; the lesson in Sex & the City 2 seems to be that once you get the Love part out of the way, you bring the Labels out to play! While the film is delicious and decadent and splashy and a fashionista's Wonderland, the film does come across, at times, a bit too much like the Mad Hatter's Tea Party - wild and colorful and nonsensical, with too much flash and not enough substance. If you're looking for Sex & the City the series, you won't find it here. If you're looking even for a bookend to the first Sex and the City movie, you won't find it here. This is a new generation of Sex & the City, complete with hot flashes and hormone replacements and (perish the thought) a Mr. Big that prefers sitting on the couch watching TV to hitting star-studded Hollywood events. While the first film received some flack from critics for being too heavy and dramatic, this film seems to overcorrect by going a bit too far in the opposite direction - so much so that it's easy to exit the theater feeling more like you got a two-hour peek into our favorite girls' closets rather than their hearts. Still, there are moments of pure magic, like the much anticipated return of John Corbett's Aiden Shaw, whose chemistry with Carrie raises the room temperature more than Samantha's hot flashes. Overall, while the movie does little to progress the stories of Carrie and friends, it is still a fun ride, especially for lovers of all things couture.
If you're looking for ways to celebrate Sex & the City 2's highly-anticipated arrival on the silver screen, here are a few ways you can roll out the proverbial (and literal!) red carpet for Hollywood's most famous Uptown Girls:
1) Have a Date Night...with your girlfriends! Leave the boys at home, click your Manolos together three times and hit the town for a good old-fashioned Girls Night Out, complete with Cosmos, of course! What better way to kick off summertime than by painting the town red with your ladies? If you're headed to the theater this weekend, make sure to buy your tickets early, as it is opening weekend and the tickets are sure to sell out faster than you can say Carrie Bradshaw.
2) Host your own Sex & the City viewing party. Don't feel like fighting the crowds on opening night? Stay in and kick back with all six seasons of Sex & the City on DVD. Brush up on your SATC knowledge by reliving all the moments of agony and ecstasy as you follow the four girls on their journey to find love. There are nuggets of wisdom hidden in every episode, even if you have to search in the most unlikely places to find them.
3) For the Nashville ladies, attend Sexy for the Cure. On Friday, May 28th, Sexy for the Cure: The Movie, The Event, The Lifestyle, will celebrate the strength and confidence of every women, while supporting the pursuit of finding a cure for Breast Cancer. Sexy for the Cure will include a pre-party at one of Nashville’s newest venues, Yolos Restaurant, movie premiere at the Green Hills Regal Cinemas, and an after party one of Nashville's hottest night spots, Crow’s Nest. Plus you get to walk down a PINK carpet! For more information, visit www.sexandthecitynashville.com.
However you choose to bring Sex-y back this weekend, do it with flair. After all, at its heart, Sex & the City has always been a celebration of independance, individuality, empowerment, and FUN. And while the girls might have changed over the years, the true colors, and spirit, of Sex & the City have remained the same. "Seasons change, so do cities. People come into your life and people go, but it's comforting to know: the ones you love are always in your heart and if you're very lucky, a plane ride away." (And sometimes just a movie ticket away.)