When Sex and the City was on television, they tried to balance opulence with frugal flavah. Charlotte was buying a share in the Hamptons, but it meant that she couldn't buy shoes from the likes of James Urbaniak. Samantha had a great job, but still had to shop around for a home she could afford. Miranda had to move to Brooklyn to buy enough space for her family. And Carrie, she had all sorts of financial woes from credit cards cut in front of her to almost losing her apartment when the building went co-op.

But when they hit the big screen, all fiscal responsibility flew out the window. On the cusp of the economic collapse, the Sex and the City ladies were reveling in lavish lifestyles, spending thousands on this or that, not seeming to have a money-related care in the world. But with tighter times, it looks like the sequel might be going overboard in the other direction.

Hit the jump for the latest spoilers hitting the rounds.

According to Ace Showbiz, an Israeli paper -- Yedioth Ahronoth -- scored a copy of the Sex and the City 2 script and it's confirming the earlier rumors from April, the ones that say that everyone will be hurting this time around. Broken down by character:

Carrie: Her marriage to Big is put to the test when a financial scam makes them lose everything. Big has to grab a job in London, living in a "rundown apartment," and ends up cheating on Carrie, who gives him the axe before finding out she's with baby.

Samantha: She's back with Smith Jerrod, but has to "downgrade her glam lifestyle."

Miranda: She quits the practice she worked so hard for after getting sued, which prompts her to open a restaurant with Steve.

Charlotte: Nothing is said, so I assume that means status quo.

What happened to balance? Yes, big screen means bigger drama, but let's be rational: the first film was super-opulent and super successful. Way to alienate the audience. Sure, reigning in the cash is a good thing, but now they've jettisoned to the other side of the spectrum, ignoring that little thing called moderation. Sex and the City isn't pitch-perfect, Oscar-calibre filmmaking; it's entertainment. And who wants their entertainment to be a few hours of more financial woe?