Sex and the City 2, the much anticipated - among a certain demographic - sequel to Sex in the City, may be of questionable entertainment value, but has succeeded in attracting the attention, albeit angry, of film critics in the U.S.
Following its glamorous global premier Tuesday in New York, the motion picture, which follows the exploits of four oversexed middle-aged New York City women on a trip to the Middle East, attracted attention for its criticism of Muslim society.
Hollywood Reporter noted that the movie's "rather scathing portrayal of Muslim society no doubt will stir controversy," but added that "there's something bracing about the film's saucy political incorrectness," concluding that "'SATC 2" is at once proudly feminist and blatantly anti-Muslim, which means that it might confound liberal viewers."
One of the scenes, for example, depicts Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha, performing at an Abu Dhabi Karaoke club and embarrassing Muslim men with their provocative attire and sexual innuendo. In another scene, the fabulous four persuade a group of Muslim women to remove their Burkahs and reveal the western attire they sport beneath.
According to the magazine Variety, the movie contains some "not-very-convincing rumination on the treatment of Muslim women -- even in what's supposed to be a relatively progressive Arab country -- that seems more condescending than stirring."
The film's producers didn't receive permission to shoot in the United Arab Emirates, so they were forced to shoot in Morocco. The first Sex and the City movie was not screened in the UAE, and according to critics, the second film will also not be shown there.