It's a strange feeling to defend something that you've never been all that attached to in the first place, but that's exactly where I find myself when it comes to Sex and The City. After sitting through the first film and cursory glimpses of the follow up, Sex and The City 2, I'm wondering: what the hell has happened to SATC? I was far from devoted to the series, but I did check in on the show over the years and even though I'm not what you would call a Jimmy Choo kind of gal, I respected it. The HBO series had substance; there were some interesting things to say about female friendships, and you got the occasional funny observation about urban living -- but you would never know it from these movies.

Even if we are willing to give Michael Patrick King and the gang a pass this time around, I can't help but wonder if it's possible that these movies will taint the memory of the show that it's fans know and love (some critics have already answered with a resounding yes). The complaints have centered on everything from cultural insensitivity and consumerism to complaints that even the girls just don't look all that into it anymore. But there's always the chance that I'm being a tad unfair. After all, the movie hasn't even arrived in theaters yet.

After the jump; so-so reviews and three examples of how SATC on the big-screen has changed (for the worse)...