Review | Sex and the City 2

Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Warner Bros.

Opens: Thursday, 5/27

Us Rating: **

The SATC quartet -- Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) -- are back, but this sequel is as cheesy as a bad designer knockoff. While it takes them all the way from NYC to Abu Dhabi, the comedy doesn't cover any new ground.

It begins with a fun, fashion-heavy flashback to their meeting in the '80s, but once the plot kicks in, it has cliches aplenty. Samantha invites the girls on a trip to the Middle East, where they get into some groan-worthy hijinks. And the jokes are late-night lame ("Bedouin, bath and beyond," quips Carrie in the desert). For those convinced Carrie should have chosen Aidan (John Corbett) over Mr. Big (Chris Noth), the former turns up abroad to tempt her. Is this the best producers could do?

The TV series broke ground when it came to sex and relationships, but now the gals get on stage to karaoke "I Am Woman," an embarrassing stunt they never would have done 10 years ago! It's time for the ladies to box up their Louboutins -- for good.

--Thelma Adams