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. On a shopping trip, the girls find a pair of thrift... more »-shop jeans that fits each of them perfectly and they decide to use these "magic" pants as a way of keeping in touch over the months ahead, each girl wearing the jeans for a week to see what luck they bring her before sending them on to the next. Though miles apart, the four friends still experience life, love and loss together in a summer they'll never forget. Director: Ken Kwapis Actors: Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, Bradley Whitford, Nancy Travis, Rachel Ticotin, Jenna Boyd, Michael Rady, Mike Vogel« less
Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX Reviewed on 2/19/2010...
This is a great "coming of age" movie, but it is also just a good drama.
Acting is just great, Amber Tamblyn never disappoints, she is one of the few actors that I can count on to not make a bad movie. Her part is dramatic, abrasive, and dynamic; what a fantastic character for her to portray. America Ferrera is also fantastic, though I am more than a little tired of circumstances making her "fat" come on people. Alexis Bledel what can I say .... She was in Sin City .... great part, and this part we get to see a little different side of her. Jenna Boyd, she really glows in this part. Nancy Travis, Jenna Boyd, and Rachel Ticotin all provide some amazing support.
Writing was well done, the cinematography is just outstanding, I love seeing the locations that they picked, nice soundtrack as well.
This is truly a classic.
An Ultimate Girl Power Summer Flick
Ashley Quinn | IL United States | 06/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a truly amazing film brought to life by four truly amazing girls-- Alexis Bledel as shy Lena, Amber Tamblyn as rebel Tibby, Blake Lively as fun-loving Bridget, and America Ferrera as writer Carmen. Each girl has a different story to deliver from different parts of the world. Lena's in Greece with her grandparents, Tibby's at home working a dull job at Wallman's, Bridget is at soccer camp in Mexico, and Carmen is visiting her father in South Carolina.
Together, they form the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants after discovering that a hot pair of Levi's fits each of their different body types perfectly. They decide that the best thing to do is to share the jeans since they'll be spending the summer apart, wearing them for one week and then mailing them to the next person. Lena gets them first, almost drowning the first day she wears them, only to be rescued by a cute Greek boy, who will no doubt get her out of her shell. Tibby gets them next, who is staying home to work to get money for more camera equipment to make her "suckumentary." She meets a vivacious 12 year old named Bailey, a girl who loves life as opposed to Tibby's "life sucks" attitude. Carmen then gets the jeans-- she learns that her father (who left her when she was young) is remarrying a woman with two children. She feels like an outcast in a see of blonde Brady Bunchers. Then the jeans head to Bridget. She's still coping with her mother's suicide, and flirts with the off limits soccer coach because it gives her something to do other than be sad.
So the jeans travel between each girl throughout the movie, each time getting a new story and opening up new chapters in these girls' lives. This is a wonderful movie. Very well played out and extremely well written, surprisingly so for a film about girl power... it stacks up much better than films like Sleepover or New York Minute, which absolutely stink compared to this rare summer jewel. RECOMMENDED!! "
Ahhhh...to be a teenager again....
Diane Moore | 08/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Four teenagers who couldn't be more different are all best friends that have known each other since before birth. (Their moms were all in Lamaze class together.)
They have shared hopes, dreams, and now will spend the summer sharing pants. They found a perfect pair of pants that fit both thin and curvy girls somehow. They feel that there is "magic" in those pants and good things will happen to those who wear them. They promise to send them to each location (they will go their separate ways for the summer) every few weeks. They even come up with rules about wearing the pants, "You can't ever say you are fat while wearing the pants. Only the wearer of the pants can take them off." and so on.
Lena goes to Greece to visit family, Bridget goes to soccer camp in Mexico, Carmen goes to South Carolina to visit her father that she hardly ever sees, and Tibby has to stay home and work at Wallmans while making her "suckumentary."
As they start to wear the pants, things are going wrong: Lena meets the perfect boy, but their grandparents have a feud and she is told not to see him. Bridget meets a boy as well, but he is also her coach and they are not allowed to get involved. Carmen finds that her father is going to be remarried and now he is going to have two stepchildren. They all live together in the suburbs and seem to have the perfect life. Tibby meets a 12 year old who fainted in her store and this girl follows her around while she gives interviews and wants to work for her.
Do the pants really have magic in them, or are they just imagining that great things will happen to them while wearing these jeans? One thing stays true: the four friends are there for each other throughout and support one another if things don't go the way they hoped.
Of course there are a few sappy parts, some unrealistic, but I did cry genuine tears. This is a beautiful film about love and friendship. Plus, you are able to see some gorgeous areas of Greece. Transport yourself back to your teenage years and feel a little bit of that magic."
Mucking about in pants
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 10/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Friends they were before their birth And then they stuck together Friends through sadness and in mirth And friends they'd be forever
They came upon a pair of pants And tried them on for size But when it fit despite their "can't"s They'd not believed their eyes
To share the magic of their find Ten rules they each did swear One week the pants to each to mind Then to the next to wear
In print it is a wondrous tale Of girls and friends and fate The movie loses some detail But still remains first rate
Mostly faithful to the book With a slightly offbeat cast Amber Tamblyn's off tha hook And Jenna Boyd's a blast
A must for every teenage girl Who ever had best friends Be sure to give this film a whirl Where friendship never ends
Amanda Richards, October 22, 2005 "
Sweet and Charming Tales Sincerely Told
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 11/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"`Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' is a sweet and charming film. I am a middle-aged male living in Japan, but I think I know that much. Don't dismiss this well-made film just because it is (or seems) made for a certain group of target audience, perhaps for teenage girls in this case. It is sugar-coated, sure it is, but it contains something different in that.
Four girls are not a rare situation for story. About ten years ago we had 'Now and Then' and of course, there is always a classic tale of Alcott. This film, however, has one unique common thread throughout, and that is one pair of jeans worn by four 16-year-old girls living in Maryland. As the film begins, these girls are going to spend summer in four different places - Greece, Mexico, South Carolina, and Maryland (one stays at home) but before doing so, they decide to wear the newly-bought jeans according to the ten rules they made. Just like true sisterhood.
But the charms of the film come from the four young talents, Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel. I must say some parts of their characters are clichéd ones, such as a surly girl Tibby working at supermarket, making a `suckmentary' of the people she thinks are boring; Carmen, who goes to her divorced father who is going to marry again; a soccer player Bridget who flirts with a handsome coach; and timid Lena who finds a love in Greece, and the courage to say what she really thinks. You can say you have heard similar stories told in books and films, and if you do, you would be excused. But at the same time you will find that the four girls are so real and charming in more than one way, not what you call `types' or `stock characters.'
But you will prefer one to the others. I find Tibby's character most impressive. She meets an equally surly girl (fantastic Jenna Boyd), self-appointed `assistant' of her documentary film, and their relations are sincerely described. You may call it a tearjerker (because it is), but it is a good one, for which reason they should be praised.
As other reviewers say, it is based on the beloved bestselling book, but I confess I haven't read it. Maybe I should, or maybe not. As far as the film is concerned, however, it is sweet and heart-warming, and should be seen by many people, regardless of age and sex."
Not as bad as it could have been
N. Perz | St. Louis | 09/03/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I teased my wife to no end when she bought this so she made me watch it. To my chagrin, it didn't suck so now I must make my amends . . .
Although obviously targeted to teenage girls it deals with some mature themes in a thoughtful way. Although cheesy at times, it's a nice coming-of-age story. You don't have to be a teenage girl to like this movie, but it helps."