Title: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Director: Ken Kwapis
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about four high-school girls named Bridget, Carmen, Lena, and Tibby who have been best friends for all of their lives. The girls have spent their whole lives with each other in their hometown Bethesda, Maryland, but this is about to end. I read the book but I like the movie better, so I’m reviewing the movie.
The four girls go shopping a few days before they depart for the summer, and they find a pair of jeans that fits each one of them perfectly, even though the girls are built differently. The girls decide to share the pants over the summer.
Bridget (Blake Lively) has always been the most active and outspoken in the group. She’s an athlete, and pretty strong-headed. One thing that tore her apart, though, was the death of her mother, who committed suicide when Bridget was eleven. Over the summer, Bridget heads off to soccer camp in Baja California, Mexico. It’s an all girls’ camp, which disappoints Bridget greatly. Next to sports, Bridget’s second love is boys. Bridget falls in love with a coach named Eric, who’s a few years older than her. Despite the fact that having a relationship with a coach is off-limits, Bridget goes after Eric. It’s implied they have sex, and the next morning Bridget is really disappointed. When Bridget goes back home, she runs into Eric and she agrees to give him a chance when she’s a little older.
Carmen (America Ferrera) goes to South Carolina to visit her father Albert. She hopes it’ll be a quiet relaxing vacation, but she’s shocked to learn that her father sold his apartment, moved into an expensive house, is marrying a woman named Lydia, and is living with Lydia and her two kids Krista and Paul. She doesn’t get along with Lydia or her kids, and her anger results in her chucking a rock at a window, leaving early, and refusing to go his wedding. Her mother helps her realise that she’s mad at her father for their strained relationship, and she does end up going to the wedding, where her father apologises to her.
Lena (Alexis Bledel) goes to Greece for the summer to visit her grandparents. While there, she falls into the ocean and a guy named Kostos Dunas saves her and loans her a shirt. When her grandmother finds out, she forbids Lena from seeing him again, because their families are enemies. Kostos tells Lena that the fight is about a fish, and that her grandfather sold Kostos’ grandfather fish that made his whole restaurant sick. When he tells her that it doesn’t matter, she says that it obviously does and she leaves. But they fall in love, and she ignores her grandmother’s wishes. Before she goes back home, she tells him that she loves him and they have their happy ending.
Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) gets a job at Wall-Mans. She isn’t particularly thrilled about having to work, but she wants to buy some new video equipment—one of her hobbies is making movies—and when she finally got around to looking for a job Wall-Mans was the only place hiring. On her first day there, a girl faints in an aisle. Tibby calls an ambulance and checks the girl’s wallet for ID so her parents can be contacted. When Lena sends Tibby the Pants, they’re delivered to the wrong house—coincidentally Bailey Graffman’s house, otherwise known as the girl who fainted. Bailey takes the package to Tibby’s house; Tibby returns Bailey’s wallet, and Bailey accusing her of ripping her off. She counts her money and says she had more than four dollars. Tibby says Bailey’s accusation is pathetic, and she leaves soon after. Bailey wants to help with Tibby’s movie, and after much reluctance, she agrees. One day when waiting for Bailey, a neighbor asks who she’s waiting for, and when Tibby says she’s waiting for Bailey the neighbor says Bailey has leukemia and is at the hospital. After hearing this, Tibby warms up to Bailey. She even lets Bailey try on the Pants. Unfortunately, Bailey dies at the end of summer.
This was a great movie. I really like Tibby’s story because I like how she’s sarcastic all the time. I like how you don’t have one protagonist, but four. The only girl in the Sisterhood I didn’t like was Lena. Her story is fine; it’s her character I don’t like.
Lena’s described in the books as this shy beautiful girl who isn’t comfortable in her own skin. She’s uncomfortable with her looks, and is blind to her beauty. If she’s really as beautiful as her friends say, why doesn’t she believe them? Why can’t she see it? I know that the character wasn’t recreated for the movie or anything like that, but I just don’t like her.
I’ll review something again in a week. Suggestions are welcome.