Welcome back Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda ... oh, how we missed you!

I'm sure many of you have plans to go see Sex and the City 2 this weekend with your best gal pals. And you should. Just keep in mind that it's a far cry from the series that we all fell in love with.

It's basically girl porn -- eye candy in the form of Chanel, Dior, Christian Louboutins, and Birkins. But the actual story? Eh.

The first movie had the eye candy, but it also had major life events: The Carrie/Big wedding that didn't happen, Charlotte finally got pregnant, Steve cheated on Miranda, and Samantha was unhappy in a relationship. Huge storylines for the girls.

In the second movie, it's more or less "their lives after," which is a lot less dramatic. Charlotte is battling with the craziness of motherhood, Miranda is unhappy in her job, Samantha is fighting back against menopause, and Carrie is trying to keep her and Big from becoming a married couple who do nothing but sit on the couch and order takeout.

When Samantha receives a PR trip to Abu Dhabi, the foursome jet set across the world where they're surrounded by riches (staying in a $22,000/night suite) and are forced to tackle their demons head on.

Charlotte admits to fellow mom Miranda her concerns, while taking sips of a Cosmo in between her mommy confessions.

Carrie runs into her ex-fiance Aidan in an Abu Dhabi market (small world, eh?), which puts her life into perspective -- i.e., the man that she pursued for 10 years just wants to sit and watch TV, is that so bad?

When her menopause-fighting pills get taken away in customs, Samantha freaks out and begins to lose her sex drive ... until she meets a sexy Danish architect. Yet her lack of tact when it comes to Muslim social conduct (just Muslim?) lands her in trouble with the law, pissing off the Arab sheik who invited her.

Miranda is surprisingly the most fun one on their trip, having quit her job beforehand and, for the first time in a long time, finally letting loose.

By the time they get back to Manhattan, everything is peachy keen for the most part, and they go back to their decadent lives.

So is it worth seeing? Of course it is, it's Sex and the City. It still boasts the fashion and witty one-liners, which is two of the reasons why we love it in the first place. It just lacks a little on the storyline. But who needs storyline when you have Dior?

Are you planning to see Sex and the City 2?