"Two years of bad business and this bullshit economy and I am done. We need to go somewhere rich."So far, two films based on the popular HBO series Sex and the City, starring the Four-Girl Ensemble of now fortysomething ladies, following their lives after the shows.The reviews for the films range from mixed to extremely negative, with the second installment having attracted quite a bit of ire from both critics and the general audience.The first Sex and the City film was released in 2008, and the second in 2010.
— Samantha in Sex and the City 2.
Both movies provide examples of the following tropes:
- Costume Porn: Though by the time the second film was released, well into the recession, this particular aspect began to lose its charm. Viewers were particularly unimpressed when - as seen below - Charlotte chooses to bake cupcakes in a vintage Valentino skirt, and is then appalled when her elder daughter gets it dirty.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble
- Too Dumb to Live: In the second film, Charlotte chooses to wear a cream, Vintage Valentino skirt while baking cup cakes while her elder daughter finger paints nearby; two activities with a high potential of getting at least some mess on yourself, especially when you add two very young children into the mix. The result? Two red hand-prints on the aforementioned skirt, a screaming fit and Charlotte locking herself in a cupboard to cry.
The first Sex and the City film provides the following tropes:
- All Women Love Shoes: It's Carrie-freaking-Bradshaw after all. Big even buys her a humongous closet to accommodate her addiction.
- Awful Wedded Life: Miranda and Steve.
- Big Applesauce: More New York porn.
- Bridezilla: Carrie during the wedding, especially when she freaks out due to Big's absence.
- Costume Porn: All the designer dresses Carrie wears at the Vogue shoot.
- Magical Negro: Jennifer Hudson's character plays her assistant who helps to inspire Carrie after Big dumps her yet again.
- My Own Private "I Do": Carrie and Big at the end.
- Runaway Bride: Carrie, after she learns that Big was ditching the wedding due to cold feet. Complete with Carrie wielding a bouquet as a weapon and her friends holding her back.
- Surprise Pregnancy: Charlotte.
- Technology Marches On: Indirectly invoked by Carrie. She didn't have a cell phone for most of the show, and when she did, it was a comically outdated (and bedazzled) flip phone. When Samantha hands her a touchscreen to call Big, she immediately dismisses it and says she has no clue how to use it.
- Terrible Interviewees Montage: Carrie's potential assistants before she lands on Louise, who is essentially Carrie's counterpart, and the reason she hires her.
- The Peeping Tom: How Samantha maintains her relationship with Smith Jared while still living vicariously through a man who sleeps with a lot of women.
- Time Skip: 4 years, to be exact.
- Your Cheating Heart: Steve after complaining that she never has time for him and points out how little they have sex.
- You Are Not Alone: Carrie running to Brooklyn to be with Miranda on New Years after her breakup with Steve.