Reviewer: Scott Rolfe Source:
Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Jenna Boyd, Bradley Whitford
Based on Ann Brashares’ best-selling novel, this is the story of four teenage girls — lifelong friends and very different physically and intellectually — who face their first summer apart. Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) will stay at home pursuing her hobby of making a documentary of coworkers in a huge retail store. Lena’s (Alexis Bledel) parents are sending her to meet her Greek grandparents in Greece. Beautiful, athletic Bridget (Blake Lively) heads off to a summer soccer camp in Mexico. And Carmen (America Ferrera) is excited about spending the summer with her dad in Georgia. To stay connected, the friends buy a pair of jeans that miraculously fits each of them. They decide that each girl will wear the jeans for a week before sending them to one of the others. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" celebrates the joys and sadness of growing up and the uniqueness of people.
"Sisterhood" is a rare movie that brings moviegoers inside the lives of its main characters in a touching and balanced way. The four girls who fit the pants, and the one who doesn't, face several challenges as they go their separate ways for summer vacation. This film stresses how the bonds of friendship can reach across several miles and situations.
Destined to become a coming-of-age classic, "Sisterhood" exhibits a refreshing lack of bad language that one often finds in films of this type. The writer and director show amazing insights in the creation of this film and actually produce a movie appropriate for its target market—"tween-age" girls. In fact, the only objectionable content occurs when a high school girl and a college boy have a sexual encounter (not shown), but the situation is dealt with respectfully and not glorified. Both parties regret their actions.
Content Description: Sex: Teenager has intercourse (implied), but both the girl and boy show remorse for their actions. Language: H-1; A-3; OG/OMG-3; Screw-1. Violence: Boy hit in head with tennis ball. Drugs: Few instances of drinking and smoking. Nudity: Girls in underwear changing clothes; girl swims in underwear; topless sunbather from behind. Other: None