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May 25, 2010 > Movie Review: Sex is back!

Movie Review: Sex is back!

By Mona Shah

Sarah Jessica Parker and her gal pals are back in "Sex and the City 2." This means every red-bloodied, Louboutin-loving, Cosmo sipping woman will probably head to the multiplex starting May 27. The buzz began almost immediately after the first movie was released, mobs of fans following the location shoots like crazed groupies.

Past their "Hollywood prime," these fab four women, approaching their forbidden 40's, were able to use their collective clout to rake in $415 million worldwide with their first movie; discounting conventional wisdom that women can't open a blockbuster.

"Sex and the City 2" is shot in Abu Dhabi, one of the most luxurious, exotic, and vivid places on earth, where there's something mysterious around every corner. It's an escape that comes exactly at the right moment for the four friends who find themselves in-and fighting against-traditional roles of marriage, motherhood, and more.

It has been 12 years since four single girls sat down to a no-holds barred brunch. We have faithfully followed every nuance of their life, and now women all over are organizing their own Girl's Night Out in joyous celebration. After all, sometimes you just have to get away with the girls.

The stars and their cable show, "Sex and the City" have made "Manolo" and "Birkin" household names; is it any wonder that we are all obsessed with every little detail of what to except in the sequel? But almost every detail of the movie was kept successfully under wraps.

Makers of the movie had initially hoped to film in the neighboring emirate of Dubai rather than Abu Dhabi itself, but were refused permission after a copy of the script was submitted to authorities.

Director Michael Patrick King staged elaborate decoy shoots, like Cattrall in a wedding dress, to throw off curious fans.

Every page of every script was watermarked with the name of the actor or crew member to whom it belonged, so if pages were leaked, the mole would be indentified.

Scripts were printed on anti-scan security paper, so no one could duplicate a page.

There have been so many rumors about cat-fights and tension between the leads, but all of them have been discounted as baseless.

All actors and production people had to sign confidentiality agreements not to reveal any plot points.

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