SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS
Review by Chastity Campbell
Starring: Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and
Director: Ken Kwapis
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Video: 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen
Studio: Warner Brothers
Features: See Review
Length: 119 Minutes
Release Date: October 11, 2005
If these boots were made for walking, then these jeans were
made for traveling, and travel they did!
I wanted to see this film when it was originally out in
theatres. Unfortunately for me, my
personal life and work schedule never quite made room for this wonderful film.
Meet best friends Tibbi, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget: four
girls whose mothers met at Lamaze class and gave birth within a week of each
other. The girls are joined at the hip, and share everything with
Summer has arrived and all four girls are going their
separate ways for the first time in their lives. Bridget has soccer camp on the Baja California/Mexico border,
Lena is headed for Greece to visit her relatives, Carmen is spending the summer
with her father, and Tibbi...well, she’s stuck back at home alone, working for
WallenMart (I know what your thinking about that name…it reminds me of Target,
While shopping in town for a few last minute items the
girls find a pair of pants that somehow (despite the laws of physics) fits all
four of them very nicely.
Shy, introverted Lena heads off to Greece with the jeans in
tow, and snags a man right off the bat. The
second week rolls around, and Tibbi, who is an aspiring filmmaker, ends up with
the pants, and an annoying assistant director she wasn’t counting on.
By the time Carmen gets her chance in the pants, her visit with her dad has
taken a Cinderella downturn. Bridget
uses the jeans to get exactly what she wants, only realizing later that what you
want and what you need are two different things entirely.
While watching this movie I laughed (a lot), I cried (a
lot), and I thought (a lot)!
The actresses in this film are phenomenal. I’ve watched Alexis Bledel since day one on“Gilmore Girls.” I have enjoyed everything she has been in and would definitely like to see more of her on the big screen.
Amber Tamblyn, daughter of Russ Tamblyn (Gideon, Seven
Brides For Seven Brothers), is one of the most dynamic actresses I’ve ever
seen. Her series “Joan Of
Arcadia” may not have been critically pleasing enough to stay on the air, but
I doubt that will keep this talented actress down long.
I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Ms. Tamblyn in the future.
Blake Lively is relatively new to the big screen.
Blake did really well as the antsy and daring Bridget.
I see from some research on the web that she has a couple of films coming
up in 2006 and I look forward to finding out if she has what it takes to stick
it out in the big “H”.
And God bless America!!
How many times did she hear that growing up, I wonder?
No matter, because this actress is very talented, and with a name like
America who wouldn’t want to watch her?
I really enjoyed this film, not only for its family
friendly nature, but with the way it was handled. Each girls story is a single standalone piece that was
brought together seamlessly.
I think girls from every age group will find something
about this sisterhood to love. Don’t
get caught with your pants down, go out and grab this DVD today!
Great quality video can be achieved, and this DVD proves
it. Colors shone with brilliant
clarity, while switching from one location to another.
The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround didn’t deliver on every
level for this film. I found
myself turning the sound up a few times just to catch stray works here and
there. It wasn’t overly annoying,
just something that could have used a little more work.
This DVD puts its pants on one leg at a time, and fills
them out nicely! There are some extra scenes narrated for your viewing
pleasure by director Ken Kwapis. The Fun On The Set featurette (hey, that
rhymed) will give you a behind the scenes pass to the casts on set antics. You’ll really enjoy getting to know these girls, getting to
know each other.
Suckumentary is a rough cut of Tibby and Blake's
documentary that works very well, as long as you’ve seen the movie.
The coolest extra of all is the one called, “Sister,
Secrets, and The Traveling Pants.” Amber,
America, and Alexis (triple ‘A’) sit together watching selected scenes and
discussing them. This was really
cool, and will be a fun watch for all those people wanting to know more about
the actresses and how they do what they do!
A conversation with author Ann Brashares is also included
to help bridge the gap between the book and the film.
The original theatrical trailer, along with language
options in English and French (dubbed in Quebec) as well as subtitles in both
languages are available as well.