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And Just Like That 2, the review: New York’s fifty-year-olds rediscover the freedom to make mistakes

And Just Like That 2, the review: New York's fifty-year-olds rediscover the freedom to make mistakes

And Just Like That 2 review: For the second season of one of the most talked about serial sequels of recent times, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw consolidates her new team of 50-year-olds to once again enter the Sex and the City fray with, finally, the right freedom and relaxation to make mistakes and get back on track.

And Just Like That 2, the review: New York's fifty-year-olds rediscover the freedom to make mistakes

Never serial sequel was more discussed, criticized, expected, consumed, reworked and talked about than And Just Like Thatcontroversial creature born from the world of the beloved Sex and The City which, 20 years after the first airing, brought together, in December 2021, the journalist and writer Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) with her old friends (except Samantha) and new characters. For the entire duration of the show on HBO Max in the United States and Sky and Now here in Italy, each weekly appointment corresponded to a controversy, a twist: from the exclusion of Chris Noth also from clips and flashbacks (for the accusations of harassment), to the lack of the character of Samantha, played by Kim Cattrall up to the maneuvers made at the table with which the show tried to redeem itself from the mistakes of the past.

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And Just Like That… – Sarah Jessica Parker in una scena

In this review of And Just Like That 2, arriving from 23 June on Sky and Now in its first two episodes, we note that it is time again, for this old/new show, for lightness, a relaxation and an openness to possibilities but above all to mistakes in all fields , not only those of romantic relationships but also of parenting, judgment, inclusion and representation. After the questioning of any certainty for the group around Carrie and the elaboration of mourning for Big’s death by the latter, there is room to look around and admit, sometimes in front of the evidence, that you are navigating by sight, that you don’t have a clear idea of ​​where things are going.

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And Just Like That… – Cynthia Nixon in una scena della serie

This questioning of where we are and who we are as social, sexual, sentimental beings had been the real revolution of Sex and the City in the late 90s and its sequel seems to have finally remembered that. Better late than never. We will not indulge in spoilers and will not comment, except in due time, on the emotional load and possible turning points that the announced returns, such as Samantha’s or Aidan’s, will bring within the second season. We’ll take the good of this newfound freedom to make missteps in the Manhattan jungle that has long since included Brooklyn.

The group that consolidates

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And Just Like That… 2 – a scene photo

Admittedly, fans of the first hour and after hours of Sex and the City took a while to embrace AJLT’s new beat, and not just for that sometimes awkward run for cover, at the politically correct, to filling in the boxes of all the aspects between representation and inclusion that the series had omitted in the past. The lack of Samantha had been felt and not a little, above all for the way in which her absence had been elaborated by the others, motivated. The relationship we thought there was between the 4 protagonists, the foundation of the show, had almost been distorted and it took 10 episodes to try to convince us that there was another way, new dynamics were possible. Since the first episode of this second season, perhaps because we knew what to expect, the dialogue between the various groups of friends is much more fluid. The scheme now seems to be clear and makes the life of the beholder easier: for important issues and fundamental life decisions, it is always and only the one who was once the quartet and is now a trio who discusses them: Carrie, Charlotte e Miranda. Whether it’s wondering about Miranda’s definitive sexual orientation, Carrie’s post-Big love life or the sexual and family practices of Charlotte’s Upper West Side, these will always be analyzed in a reduced but classic formation. For everything else, from the Met Gala to one-on-one meetings to how to wear a strap-on dildo (a dildo that can be worn with a harness) green light to the foursome combinations that often see Carrie and Charlotte joined by Anthony and Seema Patel (Sarita Choudhury) or the duo Charlotte and her African American version on Park Avenue, Lisa Todd Wexley (Nicole Ari Parker), Miranda and her friend, Professor Nya Wallace or Carrie and Che, stand up comedian and non-binary love by Miranda. We will miss Samantha less in this second season thanks to Seema’s ironic and experimental attitude who, thanks to the unlikely sexual encounters and the attitude of putting her pleasure first, will offer moments bordering on the absurd and guaranteed irony.

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And Just Like That… 2 – una scena

Among the heaviest criticisms of the show in its first season was that at the radical change of Miranda (Cynthia Nixon). She had let her white hair grow out by abandoning the iconic red, she had left the law firm of which she had become a partner after much struggle and finally she had ruined her marriage for what was perceived by many as a fake love affair and midlife crisis, infatuation with Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez) adorned with a questionable sex scene. It was a shared opinion for a long time that Miranda’s narrative arc within the 6 seasons of Sex And the City was the most likely, felt, best written. From being serious, very anchored in her career and her independence, over the years and thanks also to the story with Steve (David Eigenberg) and her son with him, Brady, Miranda had transformed into a much more complete and emotionally open person remaining true to itself, to its beliefs and also rigidity. Since And Just Like That, we haven’t recognized Miranda anymore. Because of her bewilderment between a beginning (poorly narrated) of alcoholism and this queer turn of hers, we almost disowned and ridiculed her. In the season 2, since the first episodes, we still see her fail and reinvent herself every day and in doing so, deservedly gain altitude and rightfully regain the primacy of character from the best path within the show. The path of Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Carrie continues to be a sweetened and glamorized version of reality, Miranda shows herself literally and emotionally naked and her path to find her new self is one of the focal points of this second season.

Norman Rockwell

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And Just Like That… 2 – a moment in the series

Already in the first season of And Just Like That…, the name of the painter Norman Rockwell it had been pronounced by some of the protagonists of the show because the curtains/pictures that the series staged evoked, according to its own characters, a painting by this foundational artist in the history of American art. So what are we to understand? That director and writer Michael Patrick King is telling us through his characters that this season is dedicated to questioning these Rockwellian expectations of perfection. Starting with Charlotte who is constantly feeding on the facade, all the characters must come out, look in the mirror and realize that they are human, fallible beyond a self-categorization. Even Che Diaz and all their rules disguised as freedom on non-binary will find themselves in an ocean of uncertainties.

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As it had been for the best episodes of Sex and The City, the protagonists sit down at a table and ask themselves questions: if for once in 40 years of your life you fell in love with a woman (who then didn’t even identify as such) does that mean you’re a lesbian? Bisexual? fluid? Is it okay for your daughter to want to tell you about her sex life or is it better to leave certain things unsaid of her own intimacy? And again, does time really heal all wounds? Can you go back to love, live a relationship after losing your soulmate? When do we consider ourselves old for something? These are some of the questions to which And Just Like That try to answer, with the understanding that the dating world in New York is still one”shitshow” and that probably, for those looking for them, the only free straight men in town can be found at Marvel movies or at the sperm bank.


At the end of the review of And Just Like That 2, aired from June 22 on Sky and Now, we reiterate that this second season of the sequel to the iconic Sex and the City works to consolidate the dynamics of the new group around the trio of survivors Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte and relaxes. There is finally room to resume the discussion undertaken with SATC but never fully taken up by AJLT, the freedom to fail and ask questions, sometimes conventional, sometimes politically correct and sometimes uncomfortable, classist, judgmental, depressed, desperate. If Aidan’s return or Samantha’s feeble return will move the compass in the long run, it will then be the task of the reflections we will make when season 2 has started and settled.

Because we like it

  • Consolidate the new group around the trio Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte.
  • He gets rid of the fear of violating political correctness and allows himself to make mistakes.
  • Go back to entertaining with curtains worthy of Samantha.

What’s wrong

  • It remains, like it or not, on already seen tracks, take it or leave it.
  • The paths of Charlotte and Carrie never dare too much, leaving everything in the hands of Miranda.