Film: Sex and the City

"Two years of bad business and this bullshit economy and I am done. We need to go somewhere rich."
Samantha, in Sex and the City 2.

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.
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.
  • Cringe Fuel: From the freefall in the quality of Puntastic humour ("Lawrence of my Labia", anyone?) to the truly awful scene where Samantha simulates fellatio on a hookah pipe, topped off by Samantha's grabbling on the ground for her condoms in a street market in front of shocked Middle Easterners, the second film contains many moments worthy of an epic eye-roll - and some that are best watched through a gap in one's fingers.
  • 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.

Sex and the City 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: Carrie didn't have a cell phone for most of the show, and when she did, it was a comically outdated (and bedazzled) flip phone. So 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.