"Sex and the City" sequel takes on Middle East

Thu May 20, 2010 3:59pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Swilling cocktails, saucy language and wearing sexy outfits is the bedrock of "Sex and the City" and now the franchise's new movie sequel transplants the four leading ladies from New York to the Middle East.

The film's leading character Carrie Bradshaw and her sidekicks -- Miranda, Charlotte and the promiscuous Samantha -- try to be respectful and demure, but the movie's makers admit that, in keeping with their characters, they sometimes fail.

Samantha, played by Kim Cattrall, gets in hot water for kissing in public. The movie jokes about women in burqas and has gossip about whether a Middle Eastern butler is gay.

The movie's director Michael Patrick King said any off-kilter notes were in keeping with the characters' normal behavior, whether they be in Abu Dhabi or New York.

"The reality is Samantha Jones is outrageous wherever she goes, whether it be Starbucks ... or Abu Dhabi," he said. "She is an unapologetic individual."

While aspects of the movie, which opens in the United States next week, might stir controversy in some circles in the Middle East, the movie is not slated to be shown there. Distributor Warner Bros. said it has no plans to release the film in any country in the Middle East.

Jessica Zacholl, spokeswoman for Warner Bros., noted that the original Sex and the City movie and many Warner movies did not play there either. Warner Bros. is a unit of Time Warner Inc.


<p>Actress Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" in New York May 3, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>