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Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Mini-W Reviews: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

As a big fan of Ann Brashare’s very popular book series “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, when the first movie adaptation of the series came out, I was thoroughly excited. After being mildly disappointed with the first movie, (its adaptation for the screen was unsatisfying to me as a reader), I was reluctant to go see the sequel which, unlike the first movie, combines all the rest of the books (2nd, 3rd, 4th).

Two and a half hours later, my mind had been completely changed. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, starring Amber Tamblyn, “Gossip Girl’s” Blake Lively, “Ugly Betty’s” America Ferrera, and “Gilmore Girl’s” Alexis Bledel, is just the right summer chick flick to see with your best girlfriends. Although it’s not what you would call a high quality movie, (sorry, no oscar buzz for you Sisterhood), it’s definitely a fun film to go see.

In case you haven’t seen the previous movie or read the books, there are four main characters. Tibby, the rebellious film maker, Lena, the shy but sweet Greek artist, Bridget, the bold soccer player who lost her mother, and Carmen, the Puerto Rican beauty, who writes and is the most passionate one of the group. The girls had grown up together and the series is basically about their experiences as teenagers, and as friends. The movies are more interesting to readers of the series, but they are fun to watch nonetheless.

The film starts out with the girls in college. Bridget is going to Turkey for archeology camp, but ends up going to Alabama to see her grandmother, Lena takes a drawing class and rediscovers her love for a former boyfriend, Carmen gets cast in a major play, and Tibby learns the consequences of being sexually active. These emotional issues that are dealt with are handled well, and I think that this movie could be seen as a bonding movie. It shows the kind of friendship that you hope you will always have with your friends.

Overall, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is a good movie to watch if you’re in the mood for a chick flick. It’ll make you laugh, cry, and rediscover why you pay so friggin much to get into movies. I would recommend this movie to younger girls mostly, and especially fans of the book. I know I enjoyed it.

I give Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 three and a half out of five jelly beans.

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