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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The 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


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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional scenes with commentary by Ken Kwapis; Fun on the set; Suckumentary; Sisters, Secrets and the Traveling Pants; A conversation with 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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The 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 Ya [1:46]
10. Who Is This Guy? [1:49]
11. Bad Reputation [3:04]
12. Unquiet Desperation [2:54]
13. Checking Out the Competition [4:25]
14. Second Offenses [2:46]
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 Bridget [2:02]
22. Shattering Point [3:18]
23. Being Afraid [2:20]
24. Oh Whose Side? [4:20]
25. Together and Apart [2:35]
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 [4:00]
33. Heading for a Wedding [2:26]
34. Important Family Member [3:33]
35. Accesorized End Credits [3:20]


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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thouroughly enjoyed this movie. I took a while to accept the fact that the stories where different to the fantastic book. For example, Lena had a sister, Kostos and her didn't engage in a loving relationship until a short time before she left, and many things were left out at the soccer camp scenario. However, with those things aside, it was a hugely enjoyable film. I cried in the book and the movie but it was uplifting at the same time. It was excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this when it first can out. I really liked the movie, it'll make you laugh, cry, and appreciate friendship. I suggest you read the books first, there are some differences from the film and the novels, but all in all, I would watch it time and time again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished the book in the morning & watched the DVD that afternoon. The 4 stories were so much better in the book. I would love to know why the travels differ from the book. The stories/adventures were more believeable. At least Lena's grandma was more likeable in the book, maybe because she reminded me of how my grandma was. Tibby's love interest wasn't EVEN in the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best movie I have ever seen. It deels with all the problems that teens face in such a way that makes it very special! I walked out of the movie crying because it is so real and so true. This movie is a real treasure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a fan of the books and was slightly skeptical about the movie at first. It is a slightly different storyline than the first book, but it was great. The cast in the movie really seemed to fit the way I'd imagined the characters. I really liked the movie and the first thing I thought when it was over is- I hope they make the second and third books into movies too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants delt with problems kids and teens really do face. The deal with losing someone of cancer and finally finding out that your not mad at your divorced parents for getting remarried your mad at yourself. And also they deal with the most beatiful thing in life...... love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sisterhood of the traveling pants was ok. some parts were well done, others not well done. Some books made into movies suck, but this one was pretty good. I reccomend this movie, but I highly suggest reading the book before seeing the movie. All in all, i liked this movie. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give this movie a 7.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it is great and I relate to alot of the stuff... I saw it with a bunch of my friends and by the end of the movie we were crying...it is really good!
dark_chocolate More than 1 year ago
Came quickly, and was a great movie! An awesome chick flick to watch with all your girlfriends! Teaches you a lot about friendship and has a happy ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 25 and was afraid the movie would be too "teenagerish" for me, but it was not. I would suggest that people into their fifties would enjoy this movie. It didn't matter which girl they were featuring, you wanted to see more. All except Bridget. I liked the idea behind her story, but the way they handled it left me cold. Carmen, Lena, and Tibby though were gripping. I just hope they have a sequel. Trust me, you'll want to join this sisterhood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, first off this series is da bomb diggidi bomb bomb, and the movie needs a sequel, that should explain it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read the sisterhood of the traveling pants series, I fell in love with the stories of friendship and growth portrayed by author Anne Brashares. The movie, although not perfectly adapted, is a fitting portrait of the first book's most memorable moments. I saw it with three of my best friends, and it inspired us to begin our own sisterhood... yes, we even have the pants. My kudos also go out to Amber Tamblyn for an awesome performance-- she is an extremely talented actress who undoubtedly has a successful future in acting ahead of her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, if you read the book like I did, you may be a little disapointed. It doesn't follow everything, but it does a pretty good job, as far as book adaptations go. It just bugged me that they left out Lena's sister and Bridget's brother. Also the ending is tweaked a bit from the book, but overall it is a good movie. I would reccomend it, but don't expect it follow the book exactly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fanastic movie, I have to admit (and I'm a guy that was dragged to see it.) I thought it was going to be overly chick-flicky going in to see it. But, it was a wonderful mix of humor, drama and the occassional chick-flick cliches. It made me laugh and (I'll admit it) cry. The young cast puts on an impeccable performance that delivers the realism of the four girls' stories. (Especially America.) It's a must see.
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