The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Laugh, Cry, Swoon

Now and Then meets Sex and the City: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is based on Ann Brashares best-selling book series about four childhood friends whose friendship is tested as they enter adolescent life. Have your tissues ready ladies.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (pt. 1 2005 / pt. 2 2008): Based on the books by Ann Brashares; running-time 1h 59mins.; starring Gilmore Girl Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively (Gossip Girl‘s Serena van der Woodsen), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia), Michael Rady (Coleman from unREAL), Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) Bradley Whitford (The West Wing‘s Josh Lyman) Jesse Williams (Jackson from Grey’s Anatomy) and Pretty Little Liar Lucy Hale.

What’s it about? As childhood friends Lena (Bledel), Carmen (Ferrera), Tibby (Tamblyn) and Bridget (Lively) prepare to spend the summer apart for the first time, they happen across a pair of jeans that inexplicably fits all four of them perfectly. They agree to share them among each other, as a symbol of their lifelong sisterhood, hoping that they will keep them together as each girl embarks on a journey of love, pain and growing up.

What’s it really about? Wherever you go, however much you change, your true friends will stand by you through good and bad times.

 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Fisherman Kostas (Michael Rady) manages to coax shy and quiet Lena (Alexis Bledel) out of her shell

Pick if:

  • You’re looking for something to watch on a sleep-over with your best friends
  • You enjoy films about female friendships, such as Now & Then, Steel Magnolias and Sex and the City
  • You’ve ever gone through a tough time that you wouldn’t have made it through without your friends
  • You like stories about first love: watching Lena and Kostas fall in love will make you wish you were 16 again
  • You have a soft spot for sullen teenagers: Tibby holds a grudge against the universe that is relatable for any former emo kid
  • You like stories about complicated relationships between children and parents: Carmen’s anger and pain over her parents’ divorce is heartbreaking to watch, even if your parents are still married
  • You are inspired by stories about loss: seeing Bridget come to terms with her mother’s suicide is both devastating and beautiful
  • You like stories about teenagers trying to figure out who they are as people and how that affects their relationships with those around them

Most memorable quote:

Carmen: I am mad at my dad, why is that so hard for me to say? I have no problem being mad at you.
Tibby: It’s easier to be mad at the people you trust the most.
Carmen: Why?
Tibby: Because you know I’ll always love you no matter what.

Top 3 scenes that’ll make you want to hug your friends:

  1. After a big fight with her father, Carmen finally picks up the phone and calls him and ends up saying everything she’s ever wanted to say to him since he walked out on their family when she was little.
  2. When Carmen and Tibby learn that Bridget isn’t doing too well in the wake of what happened at football camp, they rush over to her house and stage an impromptu sleep-over during which Bridget opens up about her mother’s suicide for the first time.
  3. In the sequel, when Bridget, Carmen and Tibby learn about Lena’s romantic troubles, they follow her to Greece to encourage her to follow her heart.

Magic Music Moment: Bridget and Eric (Vogel) race along the beach to Natasha Beddingfield’s “Unwritten” (by the way, the song totally holds up)

Where can I watch? The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is avaaible for streaming on Maxdome, iTunes as well as Netflix Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Belgium (1), Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Italy and Switzerland (2).

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