The Good: The fashion. My favs had to be Carrie’s J’adore Diore vintage tee and Samantha’s red bowie-esque karaoke suit. Another pro, Miranda was featured a lot more in this film, and in particular, the “take-a-sip” scene between Miranda and Charlotte was my favourite moment of the film.
The Bad: There wasn’t enough emphasis on the quintessential fifth character of the series: New York City. Also, there were stale jokes aplenty (Lawrence of my Labia?) and way too many unnecessary plot points (e.g. the lost passport).
The Ugly: Lots of Western preachyness about how the Middle East “should” be. The polar distinction the girls make between the “old middle east” and the “new middle east” is embarassingly orientalist. Especially cringe-worthy moments include when Carrie bluntly remarks, “the veil freaks me out. it’s like they don’t have a voice,” and when a stressed-out Samantha throws up the middle-finger at the local men while yelling “fuck you!” repeatedly. Yikes.