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May 2005

By Krista Vitola

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Release Date: June 1, 2005
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Ken Kwapis
Producers: Debra Martin Chase, Denise Di Novi, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove
Screenwriters: Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler, based on the novel by Ann Brashares
Cinematographer: John Bailey
Composer: Cliff Eidelman
Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Jenna Boyd, Bradley Whitford, Nancy Travis, Rachel Ticotin



If anyone has ever seen an episode of the WB TV series Gilmore Girls, they would probably believe that Alexis Bledel, who plays Rory on the show and is also one of the lead characters in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, would be a part of the quintessential teenage-movie. A movie whose girly subject matter would only be of interest to young romantic teenagers, adoring all of those gushy love scenes. Although the movie's basis involves two teenage romances, each of the girls in the movie (and there are four) give the film a new dynamic with their varying personalities and life stories. Not only are audiences given the good but they also see the bad.

Its story line follows the path of four teenage girls as they each spend their first summer apart. Before they each leave the girls come upon a pair of jeans that miraculously fits all four of them. Throughout the summer each girl has the jeans for a week and then sends them off to the next friend with a little note of what has happened to them during that time. It is through these jeans that both exciting and traumatic events occur in each of the girl's lives, enabling them to be brave and courageous throughout it all, wearing these jeans and ultimately the spirit of their friends. A tearjerker at moments, the film's message is one that enlightens not only the younger generation but older ones as well. While superficially being a teen-movie its premise on families and relationships provides audiences with a deeper message on the "travel" of life.

Coming this June to theatres, teenage girls are not the only ones who will be entertained by this film. Anyone viewing this film is provided with an entertaining story on four teenage girls and how life's endeavors are continually shaping the young woman they will become.

Each of the young ladies in the film played their roles as if they were themselves. All of the scenes in with the girls were felt realistic and natural. Each actress knew who their character was and how to portray each role in a different light. This is one of the reasons why this movie is so powerful because it's as if you've known one of these girls during your lifetime and can relate to what they are going through.

We may not all enjoy films on romance, or some young girls life's journey, but what the film ultimately does is remind us of our basic human conditions, putting life into perspective yet again.