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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants [Jul. 26th, 2005|06:48 pm]
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I'm of a mixed mind about The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. On the one hand, it's got the sorts of characters that older actresses would murder for, thoughtful, meaty dramatic/comedic roles that are few and far between in Hollywood films, with ensemble and solo scenes which ensure that everyone gets plenty of attention. But on the other hand, it's as manipulative as a puppeteer and as predictable as an ABC Afterschool Special. There's the Self-Centered Rebel who meets the Kid with Leukaemia. There's the Girl In Love With the Wrong Guy. There's the Daughter With a New Step-Family. And there's the Teen Whose Mom Died So She Hits On Her Teacher. And you know what's going to happen to them, what they're going to learn, what morals will be made.

They're bonded together by a pair of magical Levi's, which fits all of them and makes all four of their asses look amazing, despite the fact that they are all different shapes and sizes.

But don't get me wrong. It's still good. It's well written, and when the four plots intertwine, the chemistry between the four young women is pretty damn enchanting. There's some witty commentary on "lives of quiet desperation," Leonardo Nam makes a too-brief appearance as (surprise!) a video-game-addicted slacker, and Wal-Mart...Manns is skewered as the new suburban tarpit.

It's worth it to watch America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel. But fair warning: people posessed of a Y chromosone probably won't get it, so plan this one as either a girls' night out or gold-plated bargaining chip to use in exchange for a really awful looking testosterone-fest.

[User Picture]From: naughtykitty
2005-07-27 01:05 pm (UTC)
Have you read the wildy poular young adult series that the movie was based on?
It's seriously a phenomenon of YA lit. I read the first book for a library school YA class and wasn't surpised that they made a movie from it. At least Lindsay Lohan wasn't cast in it. I wonder if the author also wrote the screenplay?
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-07-27 02:23 pm (UTC)
No...but I've heard it's well worth the read. I need to.

Heh. Seems a far cry from the Judy Blume books we got...
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[User Picture]From: naughtykitty
2005-07-27 02:56 pm (UTC)
Aw yeah, but I loved those Judy Bloom books! I remember that Are You There God, It's Me Margaret caused quite a scandal in our elementary school. My mother banned me from reading it until I was in 5th grade. Of course, that only made me want to read it even more! (in 3rd grade, I think).
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-07-27 04:03 pm (UTC)
Hee...yes...but there are, oddly few movies based on her books. If any...
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[User Picture]From: jumbach
2005-07-28 01:42 am (UTC)
How many subtle (or not so subtle) Joan of Arcadia references?
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