‘Sex and the City’: Sarah Jessica Parker Admitted That the Second Movie ‘Fell Short’

Sex and the City ran on HBO from 1999 until 2004. The series followed Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in New York City. Viewers watched as Carrie confided in her friends Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) each week. After spending years searching for love, Carrie ended up with her soulmate, Mr. Big (Chris Noth). 

Once Sex and the City ended, two movie adaptations of the series followed. However, many fans of the show didn’t care for the second film. In 2017, Sarah Jessica Parker shared her opinion about Sex and the City 2

LONDON - MAY 27: (Left to right) Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Catrall and Cynthia Nixon the UK premiere of 'Sex and the City 2' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 27, 2010 in London, England.
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Fans don’t ‘Sex and the City’ or ‘Sex and the City 2’ 

The first Sex and the City movie premiered in theaters in 2008. Initially, the film caught the attention of Sex and the City’s massive fan base. The movie takes place four years after Carrie and Mr. Big made their romance official. Carrie’s friends are also struggling with motherhood, infidelity, and other drama along the way. At the end of the film, Carrie and Big got married

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Although the film received low ratings, it did well at the box office. After the first movie, Sex and the City 2 premiered in 2010. In the second installment, Carrie and Big are adjusting to married life. Frustrated with her marriage, Carrie and the girls venture off to Abu Dhabi, where Carrie runs into her ex, Aidan (John Corbett). Carrie eventually kisses Aidan then returns home to confess to Big. 

After Sex and the City 2 premiered, fans of the franchise weren’t pleased with the sequel. In 2010, a critic described Sex and the City 2 as “pink-fringed, cliche-ridden, materialistic, misogynistic, borderline racist,” per The Guardian. The movie is also considered one of the worst films of all time. 

Sarah Jessica Parker’s thoughts on ‘Sex and the City 2’ 

The turmoil from Sex and the City 2 followed its cast over for multiple years. In May 2017, Parker attended the Vulture Festival. There, she had a conversation with New York magazine’s Adam Moss, per Entertainment Weekly

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During her talk with Moss, Parker opened up about the controversy surrounding Sex and the City 2. The actor admitted that she and the SATC  team could’ve handled the sequel differently.

“I can see where we fell short on that movie, and I’m perfectly happy to say that publicly,” she said.

The second ‘Sex and the City’ movie earned a lot of money

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While she can admit that Sex and the City 2 needed more work, Parker is proud of the film’s monetary success. The sequel reportedly earned $95.3 million domestically and $288.3 million worldwide. 

“I will say, I also understand how much friggin’ money it made,” Parker said at Vulture Festival. 

The movies’ backlash also didn’t stop fans from yearning for a Sex and the City reboot. In January 2021, Variety confirmed that a new series, And Just Like That… will be released on HBO Max. Parker, Nixon, and Davis will reprise their characters. Cattrall opted not to join the new series.