After their high-school graduation, four seventeen-year-old girls find a pair of magic pants that miraculously fits them all. Adapted from a best-selling young-adult novel by Ann Brashares, the movie is an engaging and effective melodrama. The young women live through real problems-buried anger toward a divorced father, the hole left by a mother's suicide, an angry rebel's failure to connect-and the four actresses (Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, and Blake Lively) infuse them with moments of real emotion.
The stories themselves, however, follow a connect-the-dots map from screenwriting class, and the film excludes all real-world context and is implausibly clean-there's no drinking or drugs, and the only sex is a subject of regret. The film lacks lively, invigorating vulgarity; it is the sanitized inverse to the hedonism of music-video culture, equally unreal and equally reductive. -- New York Times
These four stories manage to cover an amazing amount of ground (touching on race, body issues, divorce, mortality, and more) without resorting to stereotypes or easy resolutions. The engaging characters are brought to vivid life by these four talented actresses, who grab this excellent script and run with it. One of the best movies about teenage life in a long, long time. -- Bret Fetzer
|Recommended Age||10 and up|
|Actors||Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, Bradley Whitford|
|Running Time||119 minutes|
|Studio||Warner Home Video|
|Release Date||Jul 29, 2008|