- The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005): PG
- The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 (2008): PG13
It’s been years since last I watched either one of these adaptations. So one night I settled in to watch the first film and despite the late hour, couldn’t resist starting the sequel. In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, it follows four lifelong 16-year-old best friends. They are Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), Lena (Alexis Bledel), Bridget (Blake Lively) and Carmen (America Ferrera), and they’ve never been apart for a summer, until this one. On one of their shopping trips, they find one pair of pants that “magically” fits each of them perfectly. Sure that this means something, the girls decide to mail the pants to each other over a summer of separation; including travel to Greece and Spain, hoping that the pants found them for a reason.
Over the next two years, along with their companions of heartbreak and laughter, the pants continue to be a part of the girl’s freshman years of college.
As I watch these films, I realize how easily I forget what cute “chick flicks” they are. I enjoy the characters, the locations, the saucy personalities and story. In addition to all of this, Ann Brandish’s characters are in good hands. Some of the actors who play characters include Jenna Boyd (in a moving role as Bailey); Michael Rady (now a frequent Hallmark star); Lucy Hale; Blythe Danner; Rachel Nichols (Alias, G.I. Joe); and Tom Wisdom. Though the books didn’t make it into my reading habits, after two adaptations, I cannot imagine enjoying anyone else in the roles. Each girl brings something unique and the emotions they get out of their characters makes them better. There is change between movies one and two which is (mostly) good, thought some emotions do repeat in both movies. Some of the same disagreements do crop up in a reality check truisms.‘SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS’: WE REMEMBER THE FUN DUO! #FWarchives #Movies Click To Tweet
Rumors of a third film have been circulating and while I’ll be first in line, I doubt it will ever see production if they cannot reunite the primary four cast members. Something I would completely agree with. The scenery in both films is also beautiful; particularly in the final scene of the sequel (one that an actress lobbies for). Plus, there’s all those scenes in Greece! I like the sequel just as well if not better than the original, mainly because of the change in Bridget. Triumphs and tragedies follow these four girls and through it all, bumps and bruises aside, they define the meaning of friendship. This is the primary reason these stories remain endearing.
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Review questions of the day: Have any of you read these books? If so, which did you like best – books or movies? Let’s chat.
Content: There’s suggestive content in both films. In movie one, one of the girl’s loses her virginity and reacts (emotionally) bad in the aftermath. The girl’s tease Lena for her shyness and lack of experience with a boy. In the sequel, another girl has sex (clothing removal and afterwards, a scene of her lying in bed) with her longtime boyfriend (and they have a pregnancy scare). There’s some immodest clothing and thematic familial issues.