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“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Friday, 11 June 2010

Sex and the City 2 - so not the review

Hey, I'm no Sex and the City gal, I'm Moonlight and Valentino all the way, but I'm very much a going-out-with-my-daughters kind of mum, so when my girls invite me along for a girlie experience, I'm there. So off we trot to see the latest effort from the Awesome Foursome and I'm still gagging at the crudeness and laughing myself silly at the ugly clothes. Really! High heels in the desert? Seriously...Sorry anyone if you actually enjoyed  this latest Hollywood/Abu Dhabi combo where the girls go from the Empire State to the Emerati States. For those who are intending to attend, I'll try not to drop too many spoilers...hah!

Anyone who reads my blog knows I'm a positive person, so I thought long and hard about this experience. It is nice to know Carrie is only human and is cut when she gets a bad review on her newly-published book, but what else did I learn? Nothing is wasted, right? So I've compiled a list of positive/useful/useless info I've learned from my Sex and the City 2 experience:

  1. If I hold my head a certain way, flick back my long locks, then spritz just so, I can have hair everywhere just like Sarah Jessica Parker. Wow!
  2. If I'm 52, facing menopause, and I take a bucketload of hormones I can be turning 30 when my daughters are turning 50! (I think I heard right! I swear it was something like that!)
  3. At a gay wedding between 2 guys, Liza Minelli is de rigeur. Unfortunately she is just plain embarrassing! Give me Beyonce's Single Ladies anyday!
  4. To survive marriage, (even to someone as hunky as Big) I need 2 days away from him occasionally (to write!! we know that's a given, although how Carrie can afford to keep her apartment in NYC is a mystery!) Unfortunately he'll cotton on and want 2 regular days away PER WEEK so he can be a slob, lie on the couch and shock! horror! bring home gourmet fast food! 
  5. The pampered, your-own-personal butler experience at a top Abu Dhabi hotel comes at a price - $22,000 per night for the room and service, while your butler comes from India and only sees his wife when he can scratch together the plane fare home - every 3 months or so.
  6. In the Arabian Desert they ride 4WDs, as well as camels, over the sand dunes.
  7. The UAE is made up of 7 states, but I only got to learn 4, as Carrie's ex boyfriend Aiden found her too kissable to relate the other 3! I had to look them up on google! But I can't spell them!
  8. Hollywood thinks it's okay to mock the Saudi Arabian culture, especially the women who have to eat French Fries from under their veils. The Saudi women have the last laugh, though, but I won't spoil that!
  9. Further to the above, in a culture that requires its women to wear the burkha, apparently belly dancers are allowed! Strange, but can we believe everything Hollywood tells us?
  10. Sorry, I've run out of inspiration. I was really reaching to get the last couple! Oh, that's right, if you have sex on the beach you'll still get arrested! Yeh, probably the cocktail, too, will do it!

Long story short, the movie is cringe-inducing, but a day out with my lovely single ladies makes it enchanting! Especially the shopping trip afterwards where I shouted us all a scarf so we can re-live the experience of floating through the Arabian Desert together! Come to think of it, I could hold it over my face when I want to sneak some fatty chips...no, bad idea...just like Sex and the City 2.


23 comments:

  1. hahaha, love this. Glad you got some interesting stuff to say, other than 'oh it was so disappointing.' :-)

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  2. Yeah, there's always something..:)

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  3. Hi,

    Love it, love it - cringe worthy experience! (on screen) - totally agree.

    Always great, though, spending time out with daughters or girl friends'.

    Didn't you know Hollywood changes history!
    Hollywood changes societies and cultural habits, scenery even! Hollywood always has the HEA (happy ever after).
    Hollywood moguls, on the whole, are not very culturally aware beyond that of America.

    Belly dancers can be seen in Egypt/Turkey/Morocco etc = secular states. Not in countries where the jihab/burkka are mandatory.

    But hey, when it's fantasy based anything is possible, as reflected in HM&B sheikh novels!

    best
    F

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  4. Thanks for the HEA Hollywood lesson Francine. S'right!

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  5. I had a feeling it would be like this!! I have always wondered how Carrie affords her apartment, but even more so, how the hell does she afford the shoes and clothes!! It's over the top and a fantasy, what more do we wants lol!

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  6. Yes, it's a fantasy but unfortunately there's not even a storyline! Each of them is really in the same place as at the end of No 1. Characters need to change, right? Yeh, those shoes!

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  7. I never watched it on tv, never saw it on the big screen and now you know what, I don't have to. I have your review. And the movie was just as bad as I thought it would be. Whoever thought up this idea of them in the desert must be wacked in the head.

    But I do love your scarves. You girls rock them totes!

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  8. I never watched the TV series either - just saw the movies and I'm no richer for it. I'd say the Saudi princes paid big time for the publicity - why else would the movie be set there. It was so crass..:)

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  9. That's nice you all got matching scarfs! I love scarfs. Sex in the City is a bit too crass for me. Although I can watch and enjoy horror movies. Isn't that weird?

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  10. Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments. I haven't posted all my poetry...I do a bit here and there. I've checked out your blog and I really enjoy your writing (love the Sex2 review!) and appreciate all the links and advice you offer. I'm looking forward to reading more of it, as well as your new posts! Have a great weekend!

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  11. Aubre, I'm so not a horror movie person either. Ekkk. Can still remember when my girls wanted me to watch Scream with them ages ago.

    The Words Crafter: Lovely comments. Glad you like my blog. I hope you find something helpful here.

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  12. Sounds like an education, if cringeworthy, experience.

    Love photo of you and your girls.

    X

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  13. Sorry, I meant 'educational'.

    X

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  14. Yes, Suzanne, you can say that again!

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  15. I've been sucked into going with my girlfriends next week. I'm not a SATC girl either, but I do love my girlfriends enough to take one for the team. *cringes in preparation*.

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  16. Hey Missy, let me know how you go - cringe, cringe...:)

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  17. Your review was very witty! I enjoyed it far more than I would the movie. Which I don't plan to see as I'm sure I couldn't follow the sophisticated plot! Oh, & I intentionally missed the first movie. And most of the series. Give me the Sopranos or True Blood any day! :)

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  18. Thanks for commenting, Lisa. Sounds like you prefer something with a bit of grunt rather than fluff!

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  19. very funny. this looked like a movie driven by market research less than plausibility. $22,000 for a butler, huh? should a went into butlering:)
    here from piedmont writer.

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  20. Hi Ed. Yeh, hard to believe huh?

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  21. Too funny. I am not a fan, and won't be seeing the movie, but judging from what I do know about it, I'd say your review is spot on with what I'd have to say about it.

    Thanks for the laugh :)
    Jen

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  22. Jen, thanks. I'm just glad I had cheap tix!

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  23. Great post! Hope this is okay. You have an award here. :)

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