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Summary, with Spoilers – stop reading if you don't want to know.
• Stanford and Anthony get married. In Connecticut, of course, since New York is out of the question. In an over-the-top flamboyant wedding. Featuring officiant (wait for it) Liza Minelli, who sticks around to perform Beyonce's "Single Ladies." The dance number was classic Liza, and wonderful. Mr. Big gets hit on (briefly) by a guy and still feels like he "has it." The end.
• Charlotte's nanny Erin has big boobs and no bra. But while she spends a week in Abu Dhabi with the girls worrying about Harry and the nanny, it's all just a big laugh, because Erin prefers "other hot nannies."
• Conservatism in the Middle East. The girls get in a lot of trouble in Abu Dhabi when Samantha is caught kissing a man on the beach. They have to get out of their hotel and go home (the sheik who funded the junket cuts them off for the scandal), and when they return to the market for Carrie's passport (which miraculously is still at the vendor's stand), they find trouble again and are welcomed by fully-covered Muslim women who wear stylish clothing under their burqas. They escape the market in burqas. (This was probably the most poignant four minutes of the movie. It was almost an exploration of an issue.)
• Cheating. Carrie bumps into Aidan in the Middle East and winds up kissing him. And then decides to call Big. Who wanders the city for a day – torn up, he claims – and comes back with a diamond ring as "punishment."
I thought the series did a really good job addressing some frankly interesting issues, and the movie brings them up but glosses over them. Other than that, as I mentioned, it was definitely a fun time – much more fun than the first. And with whatever money
3.5 stars out of 5 – see it, but don't go out of your way.