Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

4.5 45
Director: Ken Kwapis

Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera


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Ann Brashares' best-selling novel for young adults comes to the big screen in this engaging comedy drama. Carmen (America Ferrera), Bridget (Blake Lively), Lena (Alexis Bledel), and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) are four teenage girls who have been close friends since they were babies (and even before -- their mothers all knew each other from attending the same prenatal… See more details below


Ann Brashares' best-selling novel for young adults comes to the big screen in this engaging comedy drama. Carmen (America Ferrera), Bridget (Blake Lively), Lena (Alexis Bledel), and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) are four teenage girls who have been close friends since they were babies (and even before -- their mothers all knew each other from attending the same prenatal exercise class). However, fate has dictated that for the first time ever the young women will be spending their summer apart -- Carmen will be visiting her father, whom she hasn't seen in years, Lena will be visiting her grandparents in Greece, Bridget is attending a soccer camp in Mexico, while Tibby is stuck working at a discount store. A few days before Carmen, Lena, and Bridget leave, the four go shopping, and while at a thrift shop they discover an unusual pair of blue jeans that, despite the fact they're all of different height and weight, fits all four women perfectly. The girls buy the jeans and pledge to each look after them for a week at a time, hoping they'll bring one another good luck as the girls deal with a variety of new life experiences, both good and bad.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Like the title’s magical denim trousers, this heartfelt adaptation of Ann Brashares’ cherished coming-of-age novel is a perfect fit for the screen. Empowering, uplifting, and, ultimately tear-jerking, the story falls into the "that summer" category, in which life-changing events cement a bond between four lifelong friends. The quartet here includes wild-child Bridget (Blake Lively), shy and beautiful Lena (Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls), Tibby the rebel (Amber Tamblyn of Joan of Arcadia), and Carmen (America Ferrara), the lone Latina and an aspiring writer. During their first summer apart, they will be linked “in hearts and spirits” by a pair of blue jeans that miraculously fit each of the girls. They agree to each wear the pants for a week, and then send them on with a note detailing the most exciting thing that has happened to them. Two of the stories inevitably involve boys. Lena, visiting her grandparents in Greece, unwittingly re-ignites a family feud when she falls for one of the locals; and Bridget, away at soccer camp, scores off the field when she flirts with one of her coaches. More dramatic are Tibby’s encounter with a precocious 12-year-old and Carmen’s initial exposure to her new Caucasian stepfamily (which she dubs “the land of the blondes”). The sisterhood serves as a support group “for the things we couldn’t face alone” and experiences “we could never make sense of” (such as Bridget’s mother’s suicide, sensitively handled). Some of this is on the mature side for tweens, but for teenage girls, Sisterhood will no doubt feel resonant and real. Magic pants aside, of course.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
The bar for teen melodramas may be set very, very low, but by any benchmark, this multi-character summer-vacation saga is a warm, winning, unusually savvy pubescent-chick flick anchored by four talented young actresses. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants takes a potentially saccharine premise -- four best friends make a summer pact to keep in touch via a pair of jeans that magically fits each of them -- and leavens it with healthy doses of humor, wit, and realism. Director Ken Kwapis may not exactly break the mold, but he has a deft sense of pacing and setting that keeps each of the girls' four summer adventures distinctly her own. Better still, he realizes that in order to keep his audience equally interested in each storyline, he needs to create a palpable camaraderie among the foursome at the beginning of the film; it's rare to see a girl-buddy movie where the girls in question actually seem like well-matched friends. The movie strays into mawkish "life lessons" territory near its (overlong) ending, but even here, the performers -- in particular the natural, unforced America Ferrera -- save the movie from any potential histrionics. And while this PG-rated Sisterhood isn't afraid to confront such issues as divorce, death, and sexual curiosity, it does so subtly, in a manner that won't necessarily raise the eyebrows of any preteens in the audience.

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Product Details

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Warner Home Video
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional scenes with commentary by Ken Kwapis; Fun on the set: go behind the scenes to share the stars' on-set gags and laughs; Suckumentary: Rough cut of Tibby and Bailey's documentary; Sisters secrets and the traveling pants: See and hear the Gal Pals as they watch selected scenes from the movie and talk about what it was like to film them; A conversation wit author Ann Brashares Theatrical trailer; Languages: English (Français (Dubbed in |Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amber Tamblyn Tibby
Alexis Bledel Lena
America Ferrera Carmen
Blake Lively Bridget
Jenna Boyd Bailey
Bradley Whitford Al
Nancy Travis Lydia
Rachel Ticotin Carmen's Mother
Mike Vogel Eric
Michael Rady Kostas
Leonardo Nam Actor
Maria Konstandarou Actor
George Touliatos Actor
Kyle Schmid Actor
Erica Hubbard Actor
Emily Tennant Actor
Jacqueline Stewart Actor
Sarah-Jane Redmond Actor
Ernie Lively Actor
Kendall Cross Actor
Kristie Marsden Actor
Patricia Mayan Salazar Actor
Patricia Drake Actor

Technical Credits
Ken Kwapis Director
John Bailey Cinematographer
Gae S. Buckley Production Designer
Elizabeth Chandler Screenwriter
Debra Martin Chase Producer
Kira Davis Executive Producer
Denise Di Novi Producer
Cliff Eidelman Score Composer
Delia Ephron Screenwriter
Jakki Fink Casting
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Jason George Sound/Sound Designer
Shani Ginsberg Casting
Alison Greenspan Executive Producer
Kathryn Himoff Editor
Kelvin Humenny Art Director
Helen Veronica Jarvis Art Director
Lisa Jensen Costumes/Costume Designer
Broderick Johnson Producer
Andrew Kosove Producer
Leslie Morgenstein Executive Producer
Christine Sacani Co-producer
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision
Steven P. Wegner Co-producer
Melissa Wiechmann Co-producer
Fiona Winning Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
1. There for Each Other [4:12]
2. Impossibly Perfect Fit [3:35]
3. Sisterhood Rules [4:08]
4. Room With a View [2:37]
5. Don't Even Think About It [1:51]
6. Dad's Surprise [2:38]
7. Price on Her Head [1:41]
8. Falling in With Kostos [3:15]
9. I'll Race You [1:46]
10. Who Is This Guy? [1:49]
11. Bad Reputation [3:04]
12. Unquiet Desperation [2:54]
13. Checking Out This Competition [4:25]
14. Second Offenses [2:47]
15. Secret Activities [4:57]
16. Pains in the Neck [3:54]
17. Open to Love [:07]
18. Interrupted Dance [5:03]
19. Found Out [2:35]
20. Carmen Doesn't Exist [3:29]
21. Single-Minded Bridger [2:02]
22. Shattering Point [3:18]
23. Being Afraid [2:20]
24. On Whose Side? [4:20]
25. Together and Apart [2:34]
26. No Matter What [5:00]
27. Taking Her Chance [2:09]
28. Why, Dad [3:15]
29. Letting the Magic Work [2:43]
30. One Loser to Another [5:13]
31. Strength in Numbers [2:45]
32. Promise Me a Shot [4:01]
33. Heading for a Wedding [2:26]
34. Important Family Member [3:33]
35. Accessorized End Credits [3:20]

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