Warning: Spoilers (and I spill the ending!)
Title: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: 2
Director: Sanna Hamri
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: 2 is a sequel to the first movie, and it takes place about three years after the first. Bridget, Carmen, Lena, and Tibby are all spilt up, and it’s the summer after their freshman year of college. The movie is a combination of books two, three, and four in the series written by Ann Brashares.
The movie opens with a preface by Carmen, who’s explaining where all her friends are. She’s at Yale, Bridget’s at Brown University, Lena got a scholarship to Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Tibby is at New York University.
Bridget (Blake Lively) has decided to spend summer outdoors again, so she goes to Turkey on this archeological dig. While looking for a suitcase in the basement, she finds a box full of hidden letters from her grandmother, Greta. She confronts her father, who says he and Bridget’s mom weren’t speaking with Greta, and that he was trying to protect her. Bridget says she doesn’t need his protection, and she leaves for Turkey the next day. She befriends her professor, Nasrin.
Bridget leaves the dig early to visit Greta in Alabama to learn more about her mom, Marley, who committed suicide due to a mental illness. One night Bridget has a dream that her mom leaves her, and she comes to the conclusion that Marley committed suicide because she didn’t love her. Bridget asks Greta why she didn’t try harder to save Marley. Greta explains that the summer Bridget was eleven, things with Marley had gotten bad, and Bridget’s father brought her to Greta while he tried to get her into a hospital. Greta says Marley didn’t want special treatment because of her illness, but that she couldn’t pretend nothing was wrong with her. Marley wasn’t strong like Bridget. This conversation also helps Bridget reconnect with her father.
Carmen (America Ferrera) is at Yale, helping out backstage in the drama department. A “friend” named Julia invites her to the Village Theatre Arts Festival in Vermont, saying she can pull some strings, but Carmen declines because her mom’s pregnant. After hearing about her friends’ plans and how her mom sold the house, Carmen impulsively decides to accept Julia’s offer. The theatre is performing Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale. While cleaning up backstage, she’s watching a student, Ian, audition and she accidentally makes the curtain fall on him. She apologises, and he asks if she’s thought about auditioning. After seeing Julia’s audition, Ian shoves Carmen onstage to audition for the lead role, Perdita. She does so, reluctantly, and the next day she realises she got the role, while Julia is playing Dorcus, a minor role.
Julia pretends to be happy for Carmen, and knowing Carmen likes Ian, Julia tries to get back at her by asking Ian to dinner. Julia, however, tells Carmen Ian asked her, making it look like Ian’s not interested in Carmen, when he really is. After the birth of her baby brother, Carmen tells Ian the good news, and he asks her to dinner. When she questions his date with Julia, Ian tells her that Julia asked, but he’s not interested in her. Julia tries to get Bill, the play’s director, to replace Carmen, saying she’s too inexperienced, but Bill refuses. Carmen performs brilliantly in the play, and while packing up to leave Vermont, Carmen tells Julia that they were never friends, because Julia fed off of Carmen’s insecurities.
Lena (Alexis Bledel) goes to Greece for her grandfather’s funeral, and she finds that her old boyfriend Kostos is married and expecting a child. After the funeral, she goes to her summer art class at RISD, where the first task is to draw a nude model named Leo. Soon, Leo and Lena began a relationship, but the relationship is threatened when Kostos shows up at the school. Kostos tells Lena that his wife lied to him about the baby and since he didn’t love her, their marriage was annulled. Lena says she forgives Kostos for not telling her right away—he didn’t think he had the right to ask for her forgiveness—but she doesn’t go back to him. After an evening with Leo, she realises some people only fall in love once, and she goes back to Kostos.
Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) is stuck in school over the summer; for her script class she was supposed to write a romantic comedy, but her characters broke up and she received an incomplete. Her boyfriend Brian McBrian goes to the video store where she works, and he gives her a pink carnation for their tenth-month anniversary. That night, they have sex and Tibby is pleased, until Brian discovers the birth control failed. Tibby, worried she might be pregnant, withdraws from everyone, using the excuse that she’s working on her script. She and Brian break up because of Tibby’s worry. Lena eventually calls, worried, and she decides to visit Tibby. Tibby asks her to bring a pregnancy test kit. It turns out she’s not pregnant. Tibby e-mails Brian but she doesn’t get back together with him.
Lena’s sister Effie comes to New York and asks Tibby’s permission to date Brian. Even though she cares, Tibby pretends that she doesn’t. Tibby and Brian reconcile, leaving Effie heartbroken. For revenge, she takes the Traveling Pants with her to Greece. They get wet, so Effie hangs them on a clothes line to dry, but they get lost and she can’t find them anywhere. When Lena calls Effie and Lena tells her friends, they fight over whether the Pants are worth saving. Lena decides they are, so the girls go to Greece. They can’t find the Pants, but they decide that’s okay because they still have each other.
This movie gets a 8/10 stars review. My fave character is still Tibby, and her story line was also my fave. I didn’t really like the ending, because if the Pants were so important you’d think the girls would manage to find them. I also didn’t like how they shoved three books together to make one movie.