Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
-The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005): Rated, PG
-The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 (2008): Rated, PG13
It had been years since last I watched either one of these adaptations and 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 – Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), Lena (Alexis Bledel), Bridget (Blake Lively) and Carmen (America Ferrera), who have 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 lives as well as the many people who come and go, touch and change those lives.
As I watched these films, I realized how easily I forget what cute “chick flicks” these were. I enjoy the characters, the locations, the saucy personalities and the stories themselves. In addition to the now well-known stars who brought these characters of Ann Brandish alive, some of the actors who played characters in these include Jenna Boyd (in a particularly moving role as Bailey), Michael Rady, Lucy Hale, Blythe Danner, Rachel Nichols (Alias, G.I. Joe) and Tom Wisdom. Though the books were never something that made it into my reading habits, after two adaptations, I cannot imagine enjoying anyone else in the leading roles – each girl brought something unique to their roles and the emotions they get out of their characters makes for memorable cinema. There was change in their characters between movies one and two which can be attested to the actors crafting and while, some of the emotions that flare up do repeat themselves in both movies, all of us can probably admit to the truth in them. Girls do fight over petty things and rather than think before acting, sometimes tempers get the best of us. For these four, that and then some certainly was a truism. Instead of remembering all they’d been through, they let jealousies, excuses and others come between what they had – a friendship that was always there, no matter what.
Rumors of a third film have been circulating and while I’d be first in line – yes, we do want to see what these girls are up to in their “grown-up” life, 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 was lobbied for by the actresses) and each of the sequences in Greece. Most people don’t care for the sequels nearly as well, but I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say I liked it just as well if not better than the original, mainly because of the change in Bridget. She goes from being a girl on the verge of disaster to being a more responsible yet still fun-lovin’ “grownup.” Triumphs and tragedies follow these four girls and through it all – bumps and bruises aside, they define the meaning of friendship and that is the primary reason these stories are endearing.
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: the first movie involves Bridget enticing her older soccer coach while she’s away at camp – she sneaks out to find him at a bar, dresses suggestively and does anything she can to keep his notice. It’s implied the two of them sleep together, which changes her emotionally. The second film shows Tibby and her boyfriend making out in her bed and then Tibby giving her permission for them to have sex [there is a pregnancy scare as a result]. Some minor profanity crops up along with emotional situations like a death that hits home.)