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SEX AND THE CITY 2

About The Production
Carrie "I arrived on this island at exactly 3:30 PM on Tuesday, June 11, 1986. It seems like only yesterday.”

Twelve years, six seasons and one hugely successful feature film. Since its inception, "Sex and the City” has grown into an international phenomenon, with audiences around the world feeling so close to Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda that they practically consider them more like personal friends than fictional characters.

"When the first movie opened,” recalls writer/producer/director Michael Patrick King, "I would see lines of women at the theaters all dressed up as if they were going to a party, not just a movie. It felt to me like they were excited to celebrate this special time with their girlfriends—both the ones in the seats and on the screen. So when I thought about the sequel, I knew I wanted it to be the continuation of the party. I wanted the movie to be the party.”

Sarah Jessica Parker, who not only reprises her role as Carrie Bradshaw but is once again a producer on the film, says, "It's very moving and truly thrilling to be part of something that people have connected with and have strong feelings about, something that they've welcomed into their homes every week and then gone to the theatre to watch. So we gave a lot of thought as to how we'd take them into the next phase, two years down the road.”

Despite the resolution of the first film's major plotlines, there remains plenty to say about these four women and the loves in their lives. Producer John Melfi offers, "It's exciting to go to the next chapter, to see what happens next.”

As King began to reflect on how far the characters have come, and to explore where they might be after we last saw them two years ago, a theme began to emerge: tradition.

Though he didn't want "Sex and the City 2” to be a conventional comedy, the various forms and facets of tradition played right into King's hands, and he turned the genre on its ear. "These four women are not traditional and never have been. Miranda had a baby out of wedlock, then got married late, and she's the alpha spouse. Charlotte converted to Judaism, adopted an Asian daughter and had another daughter. Samantha has tried relationships and decided she's always going to be single. And Carrie is somebody who has tried everything she can to make her relationship work with Big and still be a self-employed writer.”

In fact, Parker notes, "Carrie, who at one point thought she might not be the marrying type, is finally married to the love of her life, the man she spent most of her adult life pursuing.” She further adds that Carrie is not alone in reaching a crossroads in her life. "All the women, at this point in their lives, appear to be content with having what they thought they wanted. But, as Michael Patrick so cleverly does in his writing, there's nuance and layers and complications under the surface.”

"At the start of this movie, each of these four characters has found herself beginning to feel boxed in by one of those ‘female' roles,” King says. "Carrie Bradshaw, the eternal single girl, now finds herself struggling with the title of wife. How does the title of ‘Mrs.' affect a woman whose identity, not to mention career path as a writer, has been tied to the idea of being single? Miranda, a partner at a prestigious New York Law firm, has discovered that despite all her years to prove otherwise, there can be a glass ceiling for women who work. Charlotte, who always dreamed of being the perfect mother to a loving family, now has the loving family and is discovering just how far out of her reach being the ‘perfect' mother really is. The outrageous and outspoken Samantha takes on the taboo of menopause and aging by fighting the idea that when a woman goes through the ‘change,' she should have to change.” 

Still playing with their theme, the filmmakers found a way to amp up the level of fantas

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