This was a parody on getting older and accepting the consequences. To anyone who did not think there was a story line - must have been sleeping or too young to appreciate the story.
The story touched on all aspects of a woman's life from marriage and the struggle of acceptance of a true relationship, menopause and effort of staying young (and Kim Cattral's role was not as exaggerated as one might think - she was great), motherhood and the giving up of self and guilt for feeling selfish to take time for self and acceptance in a career as a female in a boy's club. It not only touched on women in the US but also women in the Arab world and showed the controlled life of women there - I have heard that there is some resentment that it did not show the Arab world in the best light but the truth hurts. I believe the movie showed the humanity and sensitivity of the Arab people and the repression or involuntary psychological act of excluding woman's desires and impulses from one's consciousness and holding or subduing them. Human rights continue to be an issue all over the world and the freedom to express those rights was touched in many ways, including gay rights.
It had some great lines, lots of color, beautiful clothes and touched on a very serious issue of human rights in a humorous and at time exaggerated way! The direction was at time flawed; however the 2 1/2 hour movie moved fast and it was enjoyed by the few men that were there as well as the women. Lots of laughter for a very serious subject. A romantic comedy with substance. Please do not let the critics bias you...I almost did and was glad I made up my own mind!