The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures

Reviewed by Justine Manzano


     The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was recently released on video, and I was eager to snatch it up and have a look.  I had meant to see it upon it's theatrical release, but I was scraping the bottom of my pocket looking for a few bucks and came up empty.  So, I learned it would have to wait.  Why was I so eager to see this movie?  The movie stars Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia), America Ferrera (Real Women Have Curves) and newcomer Blake Lively.  When I saw the preview, I was immediately drawn in by Tamblyn, who I loved as Joan in Joan of Arcadia.  I knew if she could carry a series, she could carry a movie.  On the other side of this, I was increasingly annoyed by Alexis Bledel and that was just from watching commercials of the Gilmore Girls.  So, I threw myself into this movie with little more than acting loyalty and a strong recommendation from my colleague Melissa Minners.

     The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about four friends who have been together since their mothers were in the same pregnant yoga class who are spending their summer vacations separately for the first time ever.  Bridget (Lively) is going away to a soccer camp in Mexico.  Lena (Bledel) is going to Greece to see her grandparents.  Carmen (Ferrera) is going to visit her father in his new house and Tibby (Tamblyn) is stuck at home in her department store job, as she tries to make a documentary, or as she calls it, a "suckumentary" about lives that go nowhere.  Before they separate, one last shopping trip leads them to a pair of jeans that fit them all perfectly, even super-tall Bridget and curvy Carmen.  Convinced that the pants are magical, they make a pact to share the pants throughout the summer apart. 

     Weeks go by and the pants bring them both good luck and bad.  Bridget goes on a mission to find true love at soccer camp with some unexpected results.  Lena finally finds herself capable of opening up to love--only to find that her new man, Kostas, is part of the opposing side of a long running Romeo & Juliet-like family feud.  Carmen is unhappy to find that the father that left her and her mother so long ago has found a brand-new, picture perfect family, who he pays attention to, leaving her behind in the dust.  And Tibby, in her mission to make the perfect suckumentary, finds surprising inspiration in a little girl named Bailey (Jenna Boyd), who forces Tibby to use her as an assistant, and who has a frightening secret.  As these girls grow in their own separate ways, it doesn't take long for them to remember that they still need each other, and the pants serve as a constant reminder of their special friendship and of how much we all need friendship to survive.

     This movie was amazing.  I was so glad that I watched it.  It can make you laugh and cry, and will make you want to call up your best friends and tell them you love them.  The acting was beautifully executed and the story brilliantly told, so that you never felt like you were hearing a lame teen story, despite the fact that the tales are based on a Young Adult book series by Ann Brashares

    Smart without being snotty and bittersweet without being melodramatic, this real view of the life of a teen is definitely something to look into.  It will make you cry, it will make you laugh, it will make you want your own set of traveling pants.  Well, considering the fact that I'm a size 14 and my best friend is a 4, I doubt it, but if there is anything this story tells us, it's that you make your own magic, and that magic comes from friendship.

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