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Awesome: 16.39%
Worth A Look: 37.7%
Pretty Bad: 3.28%
Total Crap: 1.64%

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The
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by Laura Kyle

"I'll take pants that make my ass look good over divine secrets any day."
4 stars

Ya-ya blah blah -- there are some new sisters in town.

I’d like to note some creative talent behind The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the film based on the best-selling novel of the same title. Delia Ephron, the screenwriter responsible for Michael, You’ve Got Mail and Hanging Up, adapted Ann Brashares’ book and director Ken Kwapis has made his mark in television but this is his first notable big screen effort.

Because in the past Ephron’s walked such a fine line between the dramadies that make you wipe your eyes and those that make you roll them, she’s probably to blame for the film’s frequent missteps. But due to Brashares’ heartfelt story, Kwapis’ mostly competent direction and the wonderful young stars, the Sisterhood doesn’t have too much trouble understanding its audience and like the “magical” pants it features – it has a certain universal appeal and its themes will fit pretty firmly into the lives of those sporting, well, a vagina.

That doesn’t mean Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants couldn’t have been about fifty times better. I would say it’s 60% formula, complete with a Sick Kid Storyline and all (JUST in case the other tear-jerking plot elements don’t do it for you), and 40% fill-in-the-blanks, but what goes in those blanks makes it worth a look, at least for the girls and women who are considering buying a ticket.

Carmen (America Ferrara) is the narrator/main protagonist, Lena (Alexis Bladel) is the beautiful introvert, Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) is the tough outsider, and Bridget (Blake Lively) is the blond sexpot. (Because in real life, childhood friends are always completely different than each other – I mean, who hangs out with people you have things in common with?)

Anyways, the four best friends come across a mysterious pair of blue jeans that fit each girl perfectly (they were probably just made of that stretchy material), but they decide to share them during their summer of separation – Carmen is going out of state to visit her MIA father (Bradley Whitford), Lena is going to Greece to see family, Bridget is going to a soccer camp in Mexico, and Tibby is staying home, putting price stickers on the tampons at Wallman’s and making a documentary.

Sassy Puerto Rican Carmen stumbles upon Daddy’s new white, live-in family, Lena falls in love, Bridget lusts after her soccer coach and Tibby meets a little girl who is SO charming and wise, you just know she’s doomed to die (this particular thread almost brings down the entire movie, but fortunately Tamblin uses it to show off her acting chops).

Right from the get-go, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants tells you it won’t be hard to follow… or predict. But hold your insults; the actresses at hand truly elevate the gimmicky, safer-than-committing-child-molestation-as-a-priest-or-pop-star coming-of-age tale. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that they get to work with a script that is surprisingly funny, sincere, and intelligent.

The standout is Ferrara, who delivers dramatic scenes as easy as she would a cheese pizza, but all the female stars have winning moments onscreen. Tamblyn, especially, is one to note – she hooked us in The Ring right from the start and here, she cleverly turns a default storyline birthed from perhaps a bad case of writer’s block, into an emotional journey. And I suppose she had lots running through her head about Tibby that allowed her to overcome the limited script.

Knock out the formulaic filler and nudge the rating up to PG-13 and Sisterhood would be a lot, instead of just a little, better than other movies of its kind. But I’ll take a little. Now, if I can just find a pair of jeans that'll fit me today AND the day after Thanksgiving.

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User Comments

1/29/14 Monday Morning Would like to screw America Ferrara until her ears bleed. 2 stars
12/23/12 Keith Miron Good looking young people in this so-so drama 3 stars
2/01/11 art America FERRARA was a STANDOUT,although she was A HAM! 3 stars
5/31/10 jody labo amazing movie!!! great themes 5 stars
7/30/08 the dork knight I'd like to get in those sisterhood pants. Hoo baby 4 stars
11/18/07 David Pollastrini hot women in this! 3 stars
6/26/07 Katie Very cute. I loved how they showed sex outside of marriage as being unfullfilling. 4 stars
10/23/06 William Goss Ideal for teen girls, pretty petty for everyone else. America fares best of the four. 3 stars
10/23/06 Lizzie absolutely great for men and women of all ages Be prepared to cry! 5 stars
5/23/06 maggie it was a good movie but it didnt have some details that lead to a part in the movie 4 stars
4/28/06 Loz enertaining and inspirational, i cried. Loved it! 5 stars
12/27/05 nabila khouri this movie is great!!!! i've watched it 3 times in one day......totally great. 5 stars
12/15/05 Sherry McCourt I loved the movie, and even cried. The books are fantastic. Hopefully there will be more. 5 stars
10/19/05 Valerie Cool movie. 4 stars
10/12/05 The Velcro Warlock PC-mongers really sittin down on job,lettin film w/"sisterhood" in title be so inoffensive! 3 stars
9/15/05 jes this movie was the best movie ever created ilove blake livley in the movie 5 stars
9/04/05 Stephanie Throckmorton Not great, but better than I imagined any film with "Sisterhood" in the title could be! 3 stars
7/02/05 Eric Rollins What's next Steel Magnolia Ya-Ya Beaches? 2 stars
6/22/05 ME I love this movie 5 stars
6/19/05 Norma Parker sweet 4 stars
6/14/05 Becca Hosch Awesome movie! 5 stars
6/09/05 b landers Very cute girl movie. 3 stars
6/04/05 Vicky It was soo awesome...and really touched me, I cried the whole time non-stop 5 stars
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  01-Jun-2005 (PG)
  DVD: 11-Oct-2005



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