the pants over the summer"
For Tibby (Tamblyn), Lena (Bledel), Carman (Ferrera) and Bridget
(Lively), this summer was going to be the first one they have spent apart
since birth. These lifelong friends needed something to keep them connected
so while they are looking around a second-hand store, the girls stubble
upon a pair of jeans that just happen to fit all of them. So as Lena heads
to Greece, Carmen goes to visit her father, Bridget goes to Soccer camp
and Tibby laments at the thought of working in the local supermarket for
the summer, they promise to send each other the pants for a week each but
can these jeans help them change their lives?
The story of four friends sharing a pair of jeans for the
summer might not be the greatest premise for a movie but can this coming
of age drama pull the heartstrings?
Based on the best selling novel by Ann Brashares, this is
the story of four lifelong friends who each have reached a turning point
in their lives. Tibby has always seen the world through very narrow eyes,
with anyone who doesn't conform to her opinion or way of doing things been
a suitable subject for her documentary film on losers. Lena is the most
self-conscious girl you could ever meet. Carmen longs to be part of her
father's life but he has moved on with his life since divorcing her mother.
Bridget is full of life and breathes confidence but she longs for love.
Throughout the summer each of them will discover something about themselves
as they move into adulthood.
The film follows each of the girls as their individual stories
unfold and show how wearing the travelling pants have changed the course
of their summers. Tibby finally opens up to other people in the world as
she makes friends with young Bailey. Lena finally starts to open up in Greece
with the help of a local fisherman named Kostos. Carmen visits her Dad,
only to discover that he is getting married and has found himself a new
family. Finally, Bridget uses all of her flirtatious powers to get closer
to Soccer instructor Eric. Each of these stories is a personal journey for
the character as they take the steps into adulthood as these moments define
Bringing these characters to life are some excellent performances
from four up and coming actresses. Amber Tamblyn brings a rebellious streak
to Tibby, the prospective filmmaker who has a unique outlook on the world.
This is a character that she can excel in, as she opens up to other possibilities
after meeting Bailey (played wonderfully by Jenna Boyd). Alexis Bledel continues
to make an impression as Lena. She plays the self-conscious, shy girl with
a real sense of innocence and shows again that she is an actress to look
out for. America Ferrera made a real impression in her debut picture 'Real
Women Have Curves' and she continues that buzz as Carmen. As the girl who
is struggling to understand why her father (played by 'The West Wing' actor
Bradley Whitford) has never really been part of her life, she has to bring
confrontation and a lot of emotion to the character. Blake Lively makes
a real splash as Bridget in her first major role. As well as been extremely
beautiful she is also a talented actress as Bridget's emotions start to
emerge from an overly confident persona.
'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' is a film that will
appeal strong to its target audience, teenage girls. Slightly overlong and
sentimental in parts, the performances of the four leads more than make
up for this however to produce a movie that will become a firm favourite
for the under twenties.
its target audience)
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well.
Fun on Set (4.42 mins)
Director Ken Kwapis and stars America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel
and Blake Lively talk about forming a real sisterhood both on and off
screen. The director and his stars talk about working together as they
take you behind the scenes of the movie.
Suckumentary (7.00 mins)
Watch 'Lives of Quiet Desperation: A Study of Losers' by Tabitha Tamka-Rollins,
which she filled while her friends were away during the summer. She interviews
people from the discount superstore, the Quick-Mart and we hear from her
A Conversation with Ann Brashers (9.00 mins)
The author of the original novels is joined by director Ken Kwapis, producers
Denise Di Novi and Debra Martin Chase and stars America Ferrera, Amber
Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel and Blake Lively to talk about the Travelling Pants
novels and recreating the sisterhood on the silver screen.
Deleted Scenes (7.18 mins)
Entitled 'Las Campeonas Cheers', 'Lena ad Papou's breakfast conversation',
'Lena happens upon Kostas', 'Single minded to the point of recklessness',
'Cousins on the prowl', 'Tibby screens a call', 'Bridget and her dad come
to terms' and 'Pizza hangover', these deleted or extended scenes are accompanied
by commentary by director Ken Kwapis.
Sisters, Secrets and the Traveling Pants: A Video Commentary (17.23
Stars America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel provide video commentary
for selective scenes from the move. Unfortunately Blake Lively can't join
them but she does talk to the girls on the phone. The trio comment on
the scenes 'Finding the pants', 'Soccer Camp', 'The Store', 'Greece',
'Carmen's meal with her Dad' and 'The wedding'.
Theatrical Trailer (2.19 mins)
Watch the preview that preceded the cinematic release.
Warner Bros. has done a good job with the DVD transfer of 'The Sisterhood
of the Travelling Pants'. The featurettes are fun and informative, the
inclusions of Tibby's documentary and an interview with the author of
the books are very welcome but it is just a shame that video commentary
isn't for the full film. Fans of the film should be very pleased with
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