Comedy / Drama / Romance

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            Regular readers of will know that I am a big fan of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.  For those who don't know the premise of the novels, it all begins with four girls, friends since birth, struggling to deal with the fact that for the first time they are about to spend their summer apart.  They find a pair of blue jeans that amazingly fits each and every one of them perfectly.  They decide to share the pants, each wearing them for one week and passing them on to the next girl.  Rules about the pants' use are set up and thus begins the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  I’ve read all of the books and seen the movie based upon the first novel in the series.  That being said, it wouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that I ran to see Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 in its opening week. 

            Having waited so long to complete the sequel, we wouldn’t want the actresses turning thirty before we got to the final novel in the series, Forever in Blue.  Thus, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 has the daunting task of combining the second, third and fourth book of the series into one movie.  We come upon the girls after having completed one year of college – avid fans of the novel series will note that Carmen is going to Yale in the movie as opposed to Williams University as in the book. 

            As in Forever in Blue, Bridget (Blake Lively), Carmen (America Ferrera), Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) and Lena (Alexis Bledel) have chosen different colleges and have been continuing to use the pants throughout the school year as a means of keeping the group together.  Although most of the girls seem to be thriving in their new college lives, Carmen seems to be floundering, feeling out of place and insecure without her friends.  Her feelings of displacement continue as Carmen returns home to find her belongings packed in preparation for moving to a new home with her mother, her mother’s new husband and the baby to come.  To compound matters, Carmen learns that the girls will be separating again – Tibby will be back at NYU to finish work on a script, Lena will be taking an art class in Rhode Island and Bridget is off to an archeological dig in Istanbul.  Carmen decides to head off to Vermont to work on sets at a drama program.

            The girls seem to drift further apart as their lives become more and more complicated and they can’t help but wonder if the pants have lost their magic.  Can the four friends find their way back to one another, or are they inadvertently pushing each other away?  Can the pants work their magic before it’s too late?

            Fans of the book will discover some differences between the novels and movie.  It must have been hard for the creators to discover what events should be included in the movie and what others could be implied or skipped over.  Combining three novels into one movie could cause the film to be disjointed and all over the place, but the creators of this film did an admirable job of combining the novels into a cohesive story that really works.  The changes made actually seem to work for the film.  A fan of Ann Brashares’ novels, I hesitate to say that some of the changes made actually enhanced the Sisterhood storyline.

            Though I love each and every one of the actresses in this story, I have to say that Amber Tamblyn really shines in this film.  Perhaps I favor Tibby because her character is most like me, but it’s the way she is portrayed by Tamblyn that makes me love her more.  Her facial expressions and off-hand comments are laugh-out-loud funny and perfectly express the turbulent emotions felt by the character.  Amber Tamblyn seems as if she is perfectly at home with the character of Tibby and it shows.  Her character is extremely believable and the easiest to relate to.

            All-in-all, I truly enjoyed Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.  The movie contained the perfect mixture of laughter, drama and romance.  If you have never read the novels and have only seen the original film, you will find this sequel to be quite enjoyable.  Fans of the novels will definitely not be disappointed in this film – all of the major occurrences in the characters lives are covered in the film.  The fact that these events mold our main characters into the women they become at the end of the fourth novel was not lost on the movie’s producers.  I loved the fact that the movie ends in just the same way as the fourth novel does.  This ending was important and I’m glad that the producers decided not to make any changes for the movie. 

            I definitely give Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 a thumbs up.  It’s a film that viewers of any age will enjoy.  Guys, be forewarned – this is definitely a chick flick.  But take heart – if your girlfriend forces you to take her to see this movie, you can console yourself by checking out all of the eye candy in the film while she enjoys the story.  Who knows, you may even find yourself enjoying the chick flick’s storyline as well.


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