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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 27, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Those scary outfits, and other “Sex and the City 2” notes

OK, we’ll get back to talking about better movies soon enough — but this week, everyone’s talking about “Sex and the City 2.” (And if you think my review was harsh, try Roger Ebert’s.) A few observations:
— Movie trivia: In a nighttime scene in the fancy hotel, Carrie’s reading a paperback whose title we can’t make out. Since I own this particular paperback (its elegant pink-and-gray cover design is quite distinctive), I can tell you what it is: Nancy Mitford’s “The Pursuit of Love” and “Love in a Cold Climate.” Was it chosen because a tale of British aristocrats looking for love is thematically appropriate for Carrie and her gang, or just because it looks so pretty next to the sheets? We’ll never know. It’s a good book, though.
— Outfit trivia: Watchers of the TV series probably remember the “newspaper dress” that Carrie wears in the movie; she wore it in the show’s third season for her ill-fated “apology” scene with Big’s wife Natasha, in a restaurant. The apology was a bad idea; so, much as I love newspapers, is the dress.
— I pointed this out in my review of the first movie, and it’s still true: You can, very accurately, predict Miranda’s mood based on her hair. If it’s flat, she’s cranky. If it’s got a bit of volume and curl, she’s cheerful. There’s got to be a drinking game in this.
— And, a moment with Patricia Field, who put together the costumes for the show and both movies. (Yes, someone actually takes credit for those hideous “SATC 2” ensembles.) New York magazine has a slideshow of photos from the film, with Field’s comments, in which we learn that the enormous weird tutu skirt that Carrie wears with a J’Adore Dior T-shirt in the movie is actually a slip; that the outfit Carrie wears in the karaoke scene cost $50,000 and involves a Chanel skirt over jeans; that Samantha’s bizarro red dress with spiked shoulder pads is actually a drag queen double entendre (really, Pat?); and that the only really attractive outfit in the entire movie — a vintage silk dressing gown worn by Samantha — got left on the cutting room floor.
No more “SATC2” from here on, I swear. But if you go this weekend — and, based on my poll the other day, many of you are — post your reactions here, if you like.

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