"Sex and the City 2" isn't in the same league as the first film, and is pretty much an unflattering mess, featuring endless puns and no depth.
Everyone is back, and in the opening sequence, all four ladies are attending a slightly funny, over-the-top gay wedding featuring Liza Minnelli.
What could have been a dazzling sequel with wit and wisdom ends up seriously flawed in its portrayal of women, as the spoiled foursome spend a free week at a resort in Abu Dhabi, which resembles a bad Vegas.
And yes, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) runs into an old flame in the marketplace, well-played by John Corbett.
"Sex and the City 2" is rated a strong R for language and runs an overly long two-and-a-half hours. Even though I'm a male reviewing the ultimate chick flick, you have to admit something is wrong.
The best scene in the film? A thoughtful dialog about parenting between Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), but like a "Transformers" sequel, "Sex and the City 2" is noisy, shallow and chaotic.