To be honest, there’s not much I can say about Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the movie or the books, without getting really emotional. Make fun of that name all you want (WHY is the word “pants” always so funny sounding? I wish I knew!), but this movie is hardly even mockable. Does it have terrible music? Yes. Is Alexis Bledel her typical charming but stiff self? Okay, sure. Is Blake Lively so attractive that it’s hard to believe she’s even a real person, let alone a high school student? Yes, fine! But listen. Sisterhood deals with real drama in a way that isn’t even all that cheesy. Well, it’s sort of cheesy, but only in a good way. Also, I saw it in the theatre with my BFF and we both cried.
Anyway, if you’ve never seen Sisterhood before, allow me the pleasure of explaining its perfection to you. It’s about four BFFs whose moms met in a prenatal exercise class. You know, the story of all of our lives.
There’s Bridget, who’s impossibly beautiful and also a soccer player. Her mom recently committed suicide. Bridget’s spending her summer at a sexy, sexy soccer camp crushing on her sexy, sexy counselor.
Just a normal, very attractive high school soccer player.
Carmen is super-excited to visit her dad for the summer, but when she gets there he’s the guy from the West Wing and also he didn’t tell her he’s getting remarried and has a new, blonde, Christian family. Also it’s constantly implied that she’s overweight (“These pants even fit ME?”), but come on. When compared to Blake Lively, everyone is overweight.
By FAR the best actress in the film
Tibby is the “alternative” one. Can’t you see her hair? She’s working at a store that’s basically Wal-Mart for the summer and making a documentary, but she befriends a young leukemia patient and you can pretty much guess how that turns out.
Lena is an artist. Personally, I think she’s the most boring character, but she gets to be in Greece, so whatever.
So pretty. So serious.
While the girls are spending the summer apart, they mail a pair of jeans back and forth…a pair of jeans that MAGICALLY FITS ALL OF THEM! I don’t care how implausible this is, it still sounds awesome. Like, I can’t even find jeans that fit me PERIOD, let alone jeans that would fit me AND Alexis Bledel. That’s the dream, right? The girls spend surprisingly little time being like, “WTF is wrong with these pants, is this a horror movie?” and instead just accept them as magic.
Over the summer they deal with death, sex, hot dudes in Greece, and all sorts of family problems. And you know what? It’s all really emotionally affecting. This is a legitimately good movie, you guys. Do you know how many movies about teenage girls deal with friendship in a realistic, non-catty way? Not many! Can you think of any? Now and Then, maybe? This is a teen girl friendship movie made for teen girls, not for some old dude’s idea of what teen girls are like. There aren’t too many gratuitous “sexy” shots…well, okay, I DID kind of roll my eyes when Blake Lively tried on the jeans, because really? Did you need to keep the camera on her butt that long? But whatever. The point is, it’s just nice to see a movie that depicts real, sincere, deep emotional bonds between girlfriends. This is like Steel Magnolias for teenagers.
Like Sex and the City, but with fewer puns.
The only bad part of the movie is that the sound track is terrible! Maybe it’s not terrible so much as its just a product of its time. I mean, it unironically uses Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten,” which really belongs to The Hills now.
But I can ignore the cringeworthy music because all of the actresses are REALLY GREAT. Okay, so Alexis Bledel is kind of a weird actress. But Amber Tamblyn always feels real, Blake Lively is, yes, TOO PRETTY TO BE REAL but I still really like her, and America Ferrera is really, really good. The part that made me tear up on the rewatch was when she attended her dad’s wedding. Whatever! I can admit that this movie still makes me cry! There’s no shame in admitting that an America Ferrera performance is still extremely moving.
The best part of all of this? THE SISTERHOOD IS REAL! Seriously, they all attend each other’s weddings and are real life friends. Recently, EW had a reunion photoshoot and interview, and I was all over it. They talked about how their husbands text each other, which means that RYAN REYNOLDS and DAVID CROSS are friends. That information is just really special to me. Look at this adorable picture:
You can see more pictures and read excerpts from the article here, although finding the actual EW article is worth is because Alexis Bledel talks about how Amber Tamblyn convinced her to breakdance.
In conclusion: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a really good movie, and I will challenge anyone who says otherwise to a fight. Maybe not a physical fight, but I’ll definitely raise my voice and get really red in the face.