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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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

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Who would expect a gimmick like a pair of magical pants to be the hook for such a smart, charming, and emotionally rich teen movie? Four close friends discover a pair of pants that fit them all perfectly, even though they're physically very different. Since all four are going in different directions for the summer, they pledge to each wear the pants for a week and then mail them to the next girl. In Greece, Lena (Alexis Bledel, Gilmore Girls) lands in the middle of a Romeo & Juliet family-feud romance; Carmen (America Ferrera, Real Women Have Curves) discovers that her estranged father is about to marry a blonde Southern belle; Bridget (newcomer Blake Lively) flirts with love at a Mexican soccer camp; and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn, Joan of Arcadia) stays home and gets a boring retail job to pay for her documentary film--but finds herself with an unwanted young assistant (Jenna Boyd, The Missing).

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

Product Details

Media Type Movie
Recommended Age 10 and up
Actors Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, Bradley Whitford
Director Ken Kwapis
Running Time 119 minutes
Studio Warner Home Video
Release Date Jul 29, 2008
Language English