The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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6.51 h 58 min2005X-RayPG
Coming of Age Adventure based on Ann Brashares' best-selling novel about a special 16th summer in the lives of four lifelong friends who are separated for the first time.
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Ken Kwapis
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Amber TamblynAmerica FerreraBlake Lively
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Drama
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Alexis BledelBradley WhitfordNancy TravisRachel TicotinJenna Boyd
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Debra Martin ChaseDenise Di NoviBroderick JohnsonAndrew A. Kosove
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WARNER BROS.
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Sydney Springer | sydneys.booksReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Just Watch The Movie TBH
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I think this is the first book-to-movie adaptation where I preferred the movie. This book was honestly meh, and my original rating from middle school is fairly accurate. I'd give it 3 stars though, as it was emotional and classic coming-of-age. My biggest complaint were the alternating four POVs, mostly because they all sounded and felt the same. And there was no transition between them!! It was as jarring as an old rollercoaster. That part drove me nuts and pulled me out of the narrative every few pages.

The movie created more distinct personalities, and dare I say, more interesting stories for the individual girls. I felt that the book was lacking a bit in making the plotlines complex enough to justify a 350 page book, but some of the changes in the movie--namely, Lena's entire plot basically--made her story more captivating. Lena's was my least favorite in the book but one of my favorites in the movie (and not just because of Alexis Bledel, my Gilmore Girls queen).

On the flip side though, my favorite story to read about in the book was Bridget and her part in the movie was heavily watered down. I felt that Bridget had the most complex character and backstory, with Carmen as a close second, so I was disappointed by that adaptation. I really enjoyed the movie, however, if you couldn't tell, so I highly recommend it for a great story. I'd pass on the book if you're looking for something fun and intriguing to read though. I'm not sure I'll continue the series.
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CrazydancerReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a good story made superb by the talents of a wonderful ...
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First, the bad points of this movie (actually more of a nit-picky-ness on my part since this movie has so many more good qualities).
1. Bailey is supposedly dying of "leukemia" (most likely acute lymphoblastic leukemia, ALL the most common kids' leukemia), has failed chemo and has not too long to live. Kiddos with leukemia do not just go from walking around looking totally healthy to within days arriving on death's doorsteps. The dying process for kids with leukemia is long and painful wherein the kiddo slowly wastes away like a flame dying out in a candle.
2. Where are the parents? Bailey's parents. When Tibby visits Bailey in the hospital, presumably Bailey is terminally ill and dying. No parents around, no child life peeps no nurses no grandparents. In a peds hospital, kiddos terminally ill are never ever left alone. Parents, no matter how much they may hate each other drop everything to be with their sick kids 24/7 along with grandparents, aunts and uncles, goldfish, mountains of teddy bears and video games.
Okay, so much for my nit picky-ness. Now for the good points.
1. This book and resulting screenplay are superb examples of how to blend the multiple points of view (POV's) of Tibby, Lena, Carmen and Bridget into a great story line. The coming of age story of Bridget, the divorced parents, kid hating the absent parent situation of Carmen, the finding out what is really important in life and learning about death situation of Tibby and the Romeo and Juliet situation of Lena all flow seemlessly together.
2. Great music especially "Be Be Your Love" and "Unwritten".
3. This book and screenplay are excellent examples of using the Travelling Pants as a "MacGuffin", a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, to drive the story forward. Hitchcock would have been proud.
4. You won't find a better "tear jerker" ending in movies than in the final Tibby and Bailey hospital scenes.
5. Hats off to Ann Brashares the book's author and Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler the screenwriters.
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Lawrance BernaboReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars
The sisterhood spends its first summer with the traveling pants
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I am not now nor have I ever been a teenager girl, so I am necessarily distanced by age and gender from "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." The book by Ann Brashares and the two sequels written to date are much beloved by teenage girls and despite the major and minor changes from the original novel (many of which were pointed out to me by my wife, who has read the book and took full advantage of a rare opportunity to inform me about the differences), it seems clear to me the movie has been embraced by them as well. Consequently, I have decided to take a different tact and consider this 2005 film adaptation by Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler from the parental perspective. Young girls can tell us how the movie speaks to them, but how does "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" speak to adults?

The conceit of the story is that four teenage girls discover a pair of blue jeans that fits each of them perfectly, despite four totally different body types. Sensing magic at work and facing their first summer apart, the quartet draw up their sisterhood and its list of rules. The most important is that each girl gets to wear the pants for a week, and then they must send it on to the next girl on the list, including a letter detailing the most important thing that happened while wearing the pants. Then the girls are scattered to the four winds for their different experiences with the traveling pants, only two of which involve romantic entanglements.

Lena (Alexis Bledel) goes to the island of Santorini to visit her Greek grandparents. While wearing the pants she falls into the Aegean and is rescued by Kostos (Michael Rady). A shy, sensitive artist who is embarrassed by public displays of affection, Lena is smitten by Kostos, only to discover that their grandparents have a long-standing feud. Forbidden by her Yai Yai (Maria Konstandarou) to even look at the boy, Lena disobeys and has to appeal to her Papou (George Touliatos) to allow her to experience life. Being forbidden to love the one you love is a commonplace in teenager drama, going back well beyond "Romeo & Juliet," and it seems the idea that the prohibitions come from non-Americans (whether Europeans as in this case or immigrants as in others, to wit, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding") is becoming standard as well. This one is done pretty much by the numbers with the beautiful scenery seeking to cover up the fact this one is nothing new and most parents should recognize the idea that telling a young girl "no" is not that different from telling her "yes."

Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) is stuck at home and is spending her summer making a documentary on losers when she is not working put price stickers on items at Wallman's (gee, why does that sound familiar). Again her wishes she ends up with a 12-year-old assistant, Bailey (Jenna Boyd), and Tibby is the only one who does not see her introduction to Bailey as portending a sad ending. What I liked here is that they set up Bailey's secretive taping session as being the payoff for this relationship but it proves to be something else and the best evidence in the film of the magic power of the traveling pants. At the heart of this one of the biggest of life lessons, which is that you have to put your life in perspective and realize there are worst fates than your own.

Bridget (Blake Lively) goes off to a soccer camp in Baja and from the facts that she runs away from her mother's funeral and her disappointment that the camp is only for girls we are to deduce that Bridget is, to put it delicately, looking for trouble. She settles on one of the young coaches, Eric (Mike Vogel) and goes after him with the single-minded sense of determination and intensity that she displays on the soccer field. Bridget's motivation is really unclear (to those of us who did not read the book at least) and most parents will be somewhat horrified that things are able to go as far as they do here. The idea here is that the traveling pants help Bridget achieve her goal, although it is being unscathed in the aftermath that I find to be the greater blessing.

Carmen (America Ferrera in a strong followup to "Real Women Have Curves") travels to Charleston to spend the summer for some quality alone time with her dad, Al (Bradley Whitford), only to get totally blindsided. I pity the parent who does not look at Al without being horrified by what he is doing to his daughter, especially given his ability to make things worse. All of the sympathies here are with Carmen as insult is added to injury, and I liked the fact that she goes through a series of minor explosions that build to the big one. Pretending that your kids are not hurt and angry only makes them more of both, and the requisite happy ending here is small solace to my way of thinking, but I suppose it constitutes a start and I should be able to give a parent the benefit of the doubt.

The extras include the usual deleted scenes, a half-baked version of Tibby's documentary, an interview with Brashares, and a "video commentary" that has Bledel, Ferrera and Tamblyn sitting down in from of a VCR and a sea of munchies to comment on the film. Unfortunately they cover only a few key scenes in the film, but we do learn that Bledel did not subject her fair and freckled skin to the sun in Greece and that Tamblyn's dad must have made her watch "West Side Story" a whole bunch of times because she observes that the actor playing Kostos reminds her of a young George Chakiris.
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CharlesbalphaReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
well-constructed story
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To start off with, I am a middle-aged male. I want to praise the writers for the skill in coordinating four different stories. All sorts of the things could have gone wrong -- the audience could have gotten confused, or the stories could get repetitive, or some stories could have overwhelmed others. But they did it so well that it's unobtrusive. Also, having four good actresses with distinct personalties helped.

My main complaint is the Bridget subplot. Probably because of the PG rating, the writers are reluctant to come out and say that she threw away her virginity on a guy that wasn't worth it; as a result her motives and feelings are pretty much a blur. You'd think Tibby was the one who suffered the most, experiencing the death of a loved one, yet Bridget monopolizes the group's sympathy without saying why.
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Shopping SavvyReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
the best summer movie
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this is the best summer movie it just makes me feel so good. lena gets to go to greece, the perfect summer getaway complete with a very hot greek guy, costas. carmen goes to visit her dad for the summer.she finds out her dad has his soon to be second wife and her two children living with him which he didn't tell her about and it causes a conflict of interest when she has to share her dad with his new ready made family bridget loses her mother to suicide and goes to summer camp. tibby gets a job at a video store and meets bailey, a girl with leukemia who dies from it at the end,and her future boyfriend brian. there are alot of laughs, tears, and joy to this gem of a movie. a must see.
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Diane KopaszReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Watch this movie with your pre-teen and teenage daughters!
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L. BellReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Cute story...
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This movie has some ladies in it that I really

like...Alexis Bledel and America Ferrara,

so I decided to give it a try. The storyline

is about a pair of "magic" jeans that are

shared by the group...and of all the things

that happen to them while they have the

jeans in their possession. Of course, it IS rather unbelievable,

and is totally fiction, but it does render

a smile or two. It's definitely a "chick

flick" but it is a good one for friends

and sisters to watch together! Pop

some popcorn, pop in this movie, get your Ya-Yas together, and

enjoy!
S. R. BroomeReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pleasantly Sursprised
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I bought this because someone recommended it to me. When it came out I was interested in seeing but never got around to it. I'm glad I watched it now because not only was it funny and endearing it made my heart swell with hope and joy. The relationship between the four friends as they spend their first summer apart kinda made me sad as I don't have a relationship that close to anyone. I actually cried during this movie and wish I could say I don't do that often but that would be a lie.

I absolutely enjoyed this film and am currently waiting to watch the sequel.
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