Sex and the City 2

  • Directors: Michael Patrick King
  • Producers: Michael Patrick King, Sarah Jessica Parker, Darren Star, John Melfi
  • Writers: Characters, Darren Star, Screenplay, Michael Patrick King
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, John Corbett, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Lynn Cohen, Raza Jaffrey, Liza Minnelli, Miley Cyrus

The story begins with a flashback to how Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) first meets Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) in the heyday of Studio 54. The movie then jumps to the present, two years after the events of the first film. At the Connecticut same-sex wedding of Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson) and Anthony Marentino (Mario Cantone), Liza Minnelli appears in a cameo and sings Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”.

The four friends now have lives that are more stressful than before: All are married except for Samantha, who is now 52 and trying to keep her libido alive while dealing with menopause; Charlotte’s two children are a handful; and Carrie’s marriage to Mr. Big (Chris Noth) has settled down, though they differ on how to spend their spare time: she always wants to go out, he would prefer to stay home and watch television some evenings.[2][3][4]

Meanwhile, Samantha is approached by an Arab sheikh to devise a PR campaign for his business, and he offers to fly her and her friends on an all-expenses-paid luxury vacation to Abu Dhabi. While in Abu Dhabi, Carrie runs into her former lover, Aidan (John Corbett), and agrees to a dinner date. In a moment of passion, the two kiss. Carrie deals with the question of whether or not to tell Big.

Meanwhile, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda run up against a culture clash in the Middle East, as their style and attitudes contrast with Muslim society. This clash, and comedy derived from their defiance, makes for “comic relief.”[2] The sheik stops paying the bills and they have to return prematurely.

Ramona and Beezus

  • Directors: Elizabeth Allen 1
  • Producers: Denise Di Novi, Alison Greenspan 2
  • Writers: Laurie Craid, Nick Pustay, Beverly Cleary 2
  • Genres: Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Joey King, Selena Gomez, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Josh Duhamel, Sandra Oh

Young grade-schooler Ramona (Joey King) has a vivid imagination, boundless energy, and accident-prone antics that keeps everyone she meets on their toes. But her irrepressible sense of fun, adventure and mischief come in handy when she puts her mind to helping save her family’s home.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

  • Directors: Joel Zwick
  • Producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson
  • Writers: Nia Vardalos
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Ian Gomez

The movie is centered on Fotoula “Toula” Portokalos, a Greek-American woman (Nia Vardalos, who also wrote the script), who falls in love with a WASP, Ian Miller (played by John Corbett). The movie also examines the protagonist’s relationship with her family, with their cultural heritage and value system, which is sometimes rocky but ends with mutual appreciation.

Toula is going through an early midlife crisis. At thirty, she is the only woman in her family who has “failed” in Greek terms (her family expects her to marry a Greek, have Greek babies and feed everyone). Because of her failure as a Greek woman, Toula is stuck running the family business, a restaurant, “Dancing Zorba’s”. In contrast to her “perfect” sister, Athena (Stavroula Logothettis), Toula is a frumpy, cynical character who can barely articulate her desires and merely wishes for happiness. Now thirty, she fears she’s doomed to be stuck with her life as it is.

At the restaurant, she encounters Ian Miller (John Corbett), a school teacher. His presence reminds her of the nearby city college, which she’s considered for some time, secretly looking at their catalogs. With mom Maria’s (Lainie Kazan) help, she talks her father “Gus” (Michael Constantine) into letting her sign up for computer classes, which she says she can use to help improve the business. Now caring more about her appearance, she abandons her unflattering eyeglasses for contact lenses and begins to wear makeup and attractive dresses. A bulletin at the school announces a seminar for computer systems related to travel agencies. Toula’s Aunt Voula runs such an agency, and Toula decides to change jobs to work for her aunt. With her aunt and mother, she engages in an intricate scheme to convince her father that it was “his” idea to allow her to work for the travel agency so he will allow Toula to leave the restaurant business.

According to Greek tradition, Gus and Maria have bought a gift for the young couple: a house (right next door to them). The film’s epilogue shows the Millers’ life a few years later; they have a daughter named Paris, who would rather attend Girl Scouts than Greek school, but Toula promises the child that she can marry anyone she chooses.