This was a plotline that seemed so true and heartfelt, two words that one would be hard pressed to employ about the big romantic twist to the second film. In the films the message is women want a ring at all self-abasing costs; in the show, Carrie rejected Aidan, who was perfect on so many levels, because she couldn't, no matter how hard she tried, bring herself to marry him. And speaking of Manhattan, the only ethnic minorities you see there are waiting behind counters to sell the women expensive handbags. The term "jump the shark" was even coined about the series-destroying episode of Happy Days in which the characters go on holiday and Fonzie water-skis over a shark. The TV series was, quite rightly, criticised for rarely featuring non-Caucasian characters. In the second film, she knocks back 44 pills every morning to "trick my body into thinking it's younger", she says triumphantly, and Carrie and Miranda look impressed. Apparently, that's all Parker and King could see, too. Yes, there were stupid puns although I maintain that Carrie's response to Big when he said he was moving to California because he was tired — "If you're tired you take a napa, you don't move to Napa" — is pretty funny. This is an entirely inappropriate length for what is essentially a home video of gay men playing with giant Barbie dolls. A woman can love fashion without looking and behaving like an international call girl. Both movies have forgotten this and instead, we are left with Carrie squealing about Dior and Samantha wearing clothes that she seems to have stolen from Joan Collins and the whole thing adds up to Absolutely Fabulous without the fun. And, yes, there was sex and shopping. Surely the woman who once said while buying her wedding dress on the TV show, "No white, no ivory, no nothing that says virgin. The death of Sex and the City is not just a shame for fans, but for all women with higher expectations of movies about women than a compendium of cliches from the Daily Mail. Sarah Jessica Parker was paid 15 million plus residuals for her dual role as a producer and starring as Carrie Bradshaw. The original said that Jennifer Hudson was returning to the south. Internationally the sequel topped the charts in Germany for five weeks, Britain for three weeks, Australia for two weeks and exceeding the original in Japan and Greece.