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Thinking about favorite foursomes, there are so many to choose from. Be it something like cartoons or movies or other forms of pop culture in general, I’m at Montreal Comiccon this weekend so all kinds of pop culture is just smashing me in the face. However, one of my absolutely favorite ones goes to the four best friends in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I am referring to the movie and not the book (since I’m a horrible procrastinator and haven’t gotten around to it). I’m considering this as a movie review however, a good part of what makes this movie shine is in the four young ladies and their journey and friendship.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Director: Ken Kwapis
Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel,America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Jenna Boyd, Bradley Whitford, Mike Vogel, Michael Rady
Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly. – IMDB
There’s a lot to love about The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I remember checking this out originally because of Blake Lively because of Gossip Girl. However, its the friendships here and the growth of each of these girls in their first summer apart that strengthens them not only their friendship but also themselves as they have to face their own different problems and grow up to be a little braver about embracing the different people they meet and spend the summer with. The idea of traveling pants is just the connection that they have and the magic that it holds in having a spiritual holder for the three others that aren’t with them wherever the pants are. It gives them a little update as the pants move around the world. Its grounded to some teenage issues and a lot of it is a coming of age where they learn to find themselves and be okay with sharing their own self and being vulnerable. Sure, its not your typical foursome as the movie sees them together only at the beginning and the end but you can see their friendship even as they are separate. The movie is so smart in doing that because together we get to see how each of them contrast in their personality and its this personality that makes also creates barriers. Before they had each other to love and be there to balance out each other, but apart they need to deal with a lot of these emotional things themselves. Its all part of growing up and that is what makes the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants such a great experience.
As we take a look at each of their journeys, they each have something to share that makes it so each to connect to. For Lena (Alexis Bledel), her personality is an introvert and fairly conservative. Her journey to Greece to visit her grandparents over the summer is an eye-opener because she needs to do things for herself now. She’s almost met the expectations of her family and being a good daughter. Same in Greece, she learns to communicate with her grandparents who don’t speak English well and her Greece is fairly non-existent. It creates the humor here. With that she meets Kostas who she learns has a conflict with her own family creating a barrier that she needs to choose despite her growing feelings. While Kostas is the person who breaks her out of her shell a little, Lena goes through quite the journey as she learns to be brave for herself and let herself be vulnerable and break down those walls that keeps her safe.
Almost opposite in personality, Bridget (Blake Lively) is outgoing and always gets what she wants. Off to Mexico for soccer camp, she goes against the rules to try to get the attention of one of the coaches. However, what comes tumbling back to her is that she doesn’t get everything that she wants and some of her deeper feelings are dug up when she has to face rejection. She may be good at a lot but it means nothing in the whole spectrum of things. Her journey brings back waves of how much she has hidden away those feelings of sadness and masked it with happiness. Dealing with grief and loss is her journey.
Carmen goes off to her father and learns that he is ready to marry another woman with two kids of her own. As she tries to embrace it and help with the wedding preparations, she starts feeling like she doesn’t belong. The feelings of abandonment and an outsider from her father who has always had a good relationship with her turns into quite a moment when she embraces that she is mad at him for the things he has done and how he has treated the situation. Yet again, admitting her feelings and just letting it go is her journey to face this new future and rebuild.
As for Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), the final piece of this foursome, who is the more sarcastic and cynical of the four has to stay home where she pursues making a documentary while working at Walmart. In this process, she meets an annoying girl who won’t leave her alone called Bailey. Suffice to say that, Bailey teaches her a little something about enjoying life even with its imperfections. While Tibby might feel abandoned by her friends and a complete loser for her situation, she learns the lesson to be grateful for the little happy moments in life and making those count for more than the bad.
Overall, what makes this journey worthwhile and these four work is their personalities. The jeans might be the glue that reminds them of the sisterhood that they trust and know that they always have their backs no matter where they are. Its a way to still share their lives and know when its time to make sure everyone is okay. Its this friendship that makes these four one of my faves. Their different personalities and the lessons they teach aren’t just for teenagers but some people of any age need to learn or just be reminded of it. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants embrace strong sisterly friendships as well as sharing the differences they have and being able to make those into fun and emotional journeys. If you haven’t seen The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, its really a great movie worth checking out.