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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, The
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by William Goss

"Jean Milder"
2 stars

The pretty girls and petty problems are back in 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2', another veritable epic of melodrama and wish fulfillment amidst a harbor of dreamboats.

It’s been a year since the last film, with our young ladies a year into their college careers and each spending their summer off in their own corner of either the Mediterranean or the Eastern Seaboard. Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) is working on a screenplay at NYU and warding off a possible pregnancy; Bridget (Blake Lively) is digging up more skeletons than expected whilst on a Turkish archaeological dig; Carmen (America Ferrera) heads up to Vermont in her pursuit of the theatrical arts; and Lena (Alexis Bledel) is facing flames old and new at art school. In the meantime, they continue to pass along to one another that magical pair of pants that happen to fit each of them, even if their supposed capacity for minor miracles are becoming less and less of a match for the trials and tribulations of the real world.

As the opening credits play catch-up on the characters for either the newcomers or the forgetful in the audience, Carmen assures herself – and us – that she “believed that the Sisterhood could survive just about anything.” Naturally, this led me to wonder if these gal pals stood a chance against nuclear winter too (think about it: all that’ll be left is WALL-E, a cockroach, and the Sisterhood of the Atomic Holocaust), but that’s because I remain no more of a teenage girl than I was when I first saw the film, which instead led me to wonder if I could survive just about anything that the Sisterhood was about to throw my way. I’m not one for audience exclusivity – that you have to be high to enjoy stoner comedies, for example – simply because it often results in sloppy filmmaking, which is the case here. This quartet provides better role models for girls their age than Sex and the City does for women their age, but that’s not to say that our heroines, and their audience, deserve something better than almost two hours of relentlessly telegraphed break-ups, breakdowns, and betrayals.

Worse yet, maturity seems to have been accompanied by mopiness in the realm of the Traveling Pants. Early on, the girls find themselves initially bickering as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” quietly plays in the background; apparently, the only one having fun here is Kyle MacLachlan, who hams it up as Carmen’s theatre director. And while a popular rap artist may have once said “99 problems, and a bitch ain’t one,” the ridiculously hunky supporting cast are indeed responsible for most dilemmas here. One (Leonardo Nam) will make you regret having sex, another (Tom Wisdom) will make you embrace performing on the stage, and yet another (Jesse Williams) will make you all a-fluster in the name of tasteful nude posing. Oh, and they’ll all look quite ripped while doing it.

Don’t worry, of course the girls will cope with the drama of their lives and come together in squealing harmony, just in time for a summit of sorts in Greece and not a moment too soon. Sure, it’s easy to toss off a line about a parent’s long-accrued frequent flyer miles and be dashing up and down the turf of Mamma Mia! soon after, but even in this relatively indulgent segment, the characters learn their valuable lessons – no, e-mail is never a substitute for platonic bonding – and the actresses share a chemistry palpable enough to make one wonder why not one, but two movies had to be constructed around the idea of keeping them apart instead of together.

The advantage of catching up with the first film on DVD was that the episodic nature of the proceedings seemed to lend itself better to a small-scale sensibility. I suspect that the same could apply to this one, although I doubt that I’ll be willing to put that theory to the test. For its dedicated crowd, though, 'Sisterhood' caters here and panders there, but without being especially condescending, and I have a hunch that, whether on screens big or small, most teen and tween girls would eagerly follow them wherever they may travel. Me? I’m merely waiting for bigger bombs to drop.

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User Comments

12/26/12 Keith Miron I didn't care less about these people 1 stars
6/12/09 art strictly for KID"S! 1 stars
8/28/08 michael thomas didn't like it at all, i was highly disappointed 1 stars
8/17/08 Margeaux Not as good as the first, but still worth watching! 3 stars
8/14/08 jessica not as good as the first but was pretty good i guuuuesss 3 stars
8/11/08 George Barksdale Good chick flick, wife and daughter liked it 3 stars
8/10/08 Samantha Pruitt not as good as the first, no moments where you well up, too much OC like drama! 3 stars
8/10/08 Susan great chick flick though I dislike the term 4 stars
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  06-Aug-2008 (PG-13)
  DVD: 18-Nov-2008


  DVD: 18-Nov-2008

Directed by
  Sanaa Hamri

Written by
  Elizabeth Chandler

  Amber Tamblyn
  America Ferrera
  Blake Lively
  Alexis Bledel

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