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Sex and the City 2 | 2010 | R | - 8.2.5

The second film about the ladies of the HBO TV show who are obsessed with fashion, fun and men: This time Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall are struggling with relationships, parenthood and careers. They also leave the familiarity of New York City culture for a trip to the more traditional Middle East. Also with Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, John Corbett and Liza Minnelli. Directed by Michael Patrick King. [2:27]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man and a woman have sex: we hear rhythmic thumping and moaning through the walls, and we see the man thrusting on top of the woman (his bare back, buttocks and legs are shown while she is mostly covered and we see her bare legs and cleavage); it is implied that they have sex numerous times.
 A man and a woman have sex while lying on the hood of a car parked on a beach and we see the man completely nude from the back thrusting rhythmically while the woman moans loudly (we see her bare legs to the knee wrapped around him).
 A woman caresses a man's clothed thigh, he invites her to take a walk on the beach, they stand up, we see that the man has a protrusion in his pants, and people seated across from the couple complain about their behavior.
 While bathing a toddler, a woman's tank top becomes drenched revealing her breasts and nipples through the sheer cloth; another woman becomes jealous when she sees that her husband is also in the room. A woman wearing tight-fitting T-shirts and tank tops runs and jumps and is shown in slow motion with particular focus on her breasts and her erect nipples; in one scene three men watch with pleasure. Women admire men wearing small swim trunks and the camera lingers on the men and their protruding genital area. A woman is shown seated at a desk with her panties around her ankles and she applies a cream between her legs (we see her reach between her legs but nothing is evident). A woman is shown covered to the shoulders with bubbles in a bathtub. A woman undresses and we see her wearing a strapless bra (bare shoulders, back abdomen and cleavage are shown) with her dress around her waist while talking to her husband, who is lying in bed. A husband and his wife talk while in the bathroom; the husband is bare-chested and wears a towel around his waist and the wife is wearing a full slip. Three women wearing male shirt-type tops and stockings that reveal thigh to the hip, dance on a stage. Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal varying degrees of cleavage, bare abdomen, shoulders and backs in numerous scenes throughout the film. Women wear shorts skirts in numerous scenes revealing bare legs to the thigh. A woman lifts her dress to reveal her bare leg to the upper thigh to make a taxi stop. A man takes off his shirt to reveal his bare chest and abdomen. A woman in a movie shown on TV lifts her skirt to reveal her knee and lower thigh to make a car stop. Men and women are shown wearing swimsuits in a pool scene. A woman wears a low-cut top that has tassels attached to the front at the nipples. Several women wear belly dancing outfits and dance in a club (cleavage, bare abdomens to the hip are visible).
 A husband unzips his wife's pants (we hear the zipper); they kiss and fall back onto a bed (sex is implied). A husband and his wife kiss passionately in the back seat of a car. A husband and his wife kiss in several scenes. A husband and his wife lie on a sofa together and kiss. A husband licks a bit of sauce off his wife's face. A husband and his wife lie in bed together (he is bare-chested and she wears an nightgown).
 A married woman kisses a married man (not her husband). A married woman goes on a date with her ex-boyfriend.
 A woman smokes a hookah pipe and suggestively places it in her mouth while other people in the room look at her and seem alarmed. A woman's purse is spilled on the ground in a crowded Abu Dhabi market, men gather around her when they see that she has numerous condoms, and she yells and tells them that she has sex, thrusts her hips suggestively and yells obscenities at them.
 A woman looks at a man suggestively and calls him, "Lawrence of my labia," implying that she is sexually aroused by him. A man talks to a woman at a bar and his wife appears jealous. A man's name is Dick Spurt. A man tells a woman, "You look hot." A man tells a woman that if he were anywhere else (other than Abu Dhabi), he would have his hand in her blouse and brushing her nipples. We hear that a woman was arrested for having sex with a man on a beach in Abu Dhabi. A woman complains and becomes upset when she is not sexually aroused by men wearing small swim trunks. A man says, "I lay concrete" in response to a woman's question about what he does for a living, and she says, "That's promising." A woman talks about the possibility of having sex with her date. A man flirts with another man at a bar (one is gay and one is not). A woman sees a man and says, "Who's the hot straight guy?" A woman talks about her sex drive in a couple of scenes. A woman fears that her husband is being unfaithful with their nanny. Women admire men gathered in a hotel lobby and after hearing that they are soccer players one asks, "Did they bring their balls?" A woman adjusts her pants and another woman teases her about having a "camel toe." Several people make remarks about a gay couple getting married and refer to the ceremony as a "gay wedding" and how "gay" the decorations and proceedings are. A woman says that there will be a "sacrificing of the straight men" at a wedding reception. A woman remarks about seeing a homeless man "drop his pants." A man says that he can cheat because he is Italian.
 A woman licks frosting off another woman's finger while we are being told they are gay.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman walks across a busy city street and a car screeches to a halt very close to her; she pounds on the hood of the car and yells obscenities at the driver.
 A woman falls off a standing camel, lands on top of a man and they both fall to the ground.
 A man chases a woman into a crowded market and tries to take her handbag: he pulls on it until the strap breaks and spills its contents on the ground, men gather around her when they see that she has numerous condoms, and she yells, tells them that she has sex, thrusts her hips suggestively and yells obscenities at them.
 Four women go into a room and are surrounded by men and merchandise and when they say they want to leave the men become upset and act in a threatening manner.
 A woman yells at a man and quits her job during a meeting. A husband and his wife argue. A woman is startled when a man enters a room behind her. A woman slams a magazine down in anger.
 A woman locks herself in a pantry and cries uncontrollably while her children are crying outside and calling for her. Four women panic when they realize they might have to pay an enormous hotel bill. A woman panics when she cannot find her passport.
 During a meeting, a man dismissively holds up his hand to silence a woman. A caricature of a woman shows her with tape across her mouth. Women in Abu Dhabi are shown wearing robes that cover them completely, except for a small opening for their eyes.
 A man tells a woman about avoiding a "forbidden experience." A woman talks about being miserable in her job (that she's is "sick to her stomach") and that her boss hates her. Two women talk about the pressures of motherhood. A woman talks about using her maiden name while in the Middle East because her husband is Jewish. A husband and his wife talk about choosing not to have children and another woman is visibly alarmed.
 We see the hindquarter of a skinned animal being hacked with a cleaver.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 9 F-words, 6 sexual references, 3 obscene hand gestures, 3 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (snow queen, Erin go braless), 11 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man says, "I did some peyote once," and a man asks a woman, "Do you remember that summer I got hooked on coke?" A man drinks champagne, many people drink and hold drinks at a wedding reception, people drink wine with meals, people drink alcohol at a club, women drink with meals in numerous scenes, women drink at a bar, and people drink alcohol at a bar. A man smokes a cigarette, and men and women are shown smoking hookah pipes. A woman takes numerous vitamins and hormones in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, marriage, parenthood, infidelity, promiscuity, aging, menopause, hormone treatments, Middle Eastern cultures, New York, secrets, honesty, romance, age differences, deciding not to have children, foreign travel, wealth, decadence, responsibility, glamour, style, nannies, survival, guilt, satisfaction, changing, vows, women's roles, surrogates, tradition.

MESSAGE - Relationships are between the two parties involved and they should not have to conform to other people's ideas of how relationships should be.

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