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Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Movie Mania - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

After loading a 16-ft moving van in one hundred degrees temps, collecting paperwork to get GK enrolled in school, and desperately looking for a solution that would remove a stain on the carpet in GK's bedroom (don't ask), I deserved a break.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants came out in 2005, but a local theater has a chickflick night once a month. Despite being a big fan of Alexis Bledel and The Gilmore Girls, I never saw Sisterhood.

Until now.

Sisterhood starts with four lifelong friends, Tibby, Lena, Carmen and Bridget, shopping before they part for the summer. The girls stumble across a pair of jeans in a second-hand store that miraculously fit them all. They decide to share the jeans, each girl for a week during the summer, and they dub them "The Traveling Pants".

During the course of the summer, each girl faces their own emotional crisis. Lena finds love and believes the pants are magic. The other girls' encounters while wearing the pants are far more heart-breaking but lead to necessary growth.

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Tibby is the only one not traveling for the summer. She winds up working at Wallman's (aka Wal-Mart) in order to buy camera equipment and is bored out of her mind. She discovers a young girl Bailey passed out in the aisle. Bailey has leukemia, lives five blocks from Tibby, and of course, accidentally ends up with the Traveling Pants.

Tibby's journey from walled-off sarcastic film-maker could have been handled so poorly, but Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler wrote the part with a delicate charm. Placed in the hands of the magnificent Amber Tamblyn, this subplot becomes so much more than a saccharine disease-of-the-week death scene.

I think my only gripe of the entire film is the intrusive use of pop music during certain scenes. I understand I'm not the target market for this film. But instead of subtly adding to a moment, it sounds like the mixer was working on this movie and a couple of videos at the same time and mixed up the tracks.

Overall, I give movie 8 out of 10 stars.

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