A Real Housewife of Abu Dhabi

Last night I suddenly decided I wanted to go see the Sex and the City 2 movie and my husband agreed to go with me. We decided on the late show. The theater was overrun with girls and women dressed to the nines, and when we got to the area where they rip your ticket, we realized there were dozens of people waiting outside the theater and we would be lucky to sit together, let alone get good seats. It was late on a weeknight, who knew? We decided to cash in our tickets for a matinee instead. We ended up seeing the movie from the perfect seats this morning with just a few other couples in the theater.

I wasn’t sure if I would wait until the DVD came out because I thought they already gave Carrie her happy ending – twice, really – the series finale and the first movie. I was pleasantly surprised with the movie, but I shouldn’t have been surprised. The series always had it’s over-the-top NYC fashion and fantasy, but stayed grounded in good storytelling about relationships. This movie continues the story with your favorite NYC girls in (more or less) real time and does a great job of exploring the changes in relationships after marriage. It is a better movie than the first one in my opinion.

Reflecting on this movie makes me remember my favorite Carrie quote, which I have had saved on my computer for ages. I think it might be from the series finale:

The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous. -Carrie Bradshaw

The next part of this is going to give away a little bit about the movie so if you’re like me and don’t want to know anything before you see a movie, stop reading!

One element I found really interesting in the movie is the emphasis on TV. Big messes up and gets a TV in the bedroom, which becomes a point of contention with Carrie. When the first movie came out, I think a lot of people were really surprised to see a big, fancy flat screen in Carrie’s redecorated apartment. Throughout the series we never saw Carrie watch TV. I wonder if her strong reaction to it in this movie is a response to that. Hmm.

Something else I couldn’t help but notice was the waste. When the girls arrived in Abu Dhabi they each got their own air conditioned car with a driver. Give me a break! I’ve heard mention of certain movies and TV shows going green lately, apparently this movie didn’t get the message. They weren’t actually filming in Abu Dhabi (is Morocco nearly as hot?). I’m sure those cars probably really did have the AC’s running while they were idling…and that’s just one thing I noticed. Don’t worry, I’m not going to turn it into a full fledged rant.

One last mention; there’s a scene in the movie where the girls talk about burkas and how modern women are wearing traditional clothing in their own way. And they refer to one woman as a Real Housewife of Abu Dhabi (even in the credits)! I loved that.